Saturday, December 4, 2021

Rutgers coach Stringer misses season over COVID-19 concerns

The school announced on Monday that Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer is going to miss the upcoming season.

The 73-year-old coach has not been with the team since April, when the delta version of the virus was becoming widespread in the United States.

“This COVID situation is real and we have to be very careful and treat it with great respect,” she told reporters in February after returning from a six-week halt at Rutgers for the virus.

Team spokesman Matt Choquet said last month when the coach left Big Ten Media Day that Stringer was concerned about the lack of testing this season compared to the previous season, the highly contagious nature of the Delta version and his 40s. It was his wish not to transmit the disease. -Year-old daughter, who has needed special care since she was 2 years old with spinal meningitis.

Stringer has 1,055 victories in his 50-year coaching career and is fourth in Division I victories. She was going to start her 27th season at Rutgers. Associate head coach Tim Eatman has been filling in for Stringer since April and will remain in that role.

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He was also in charge when Stringer missed the final few games of the 2018–19 season due to exhaustion.

Stringer signed a five-year extension in April. The contract guarantees compensation of $5.5 million, starting at $1 million in the first year, plus performance incentives and retention bonuses.

The Scarlet Knights finished last season 14-5, losing to the BEU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Team star Arela Guerentes graduated to the WNBA, and standout freshman Diamond Johnson was transferred to NC State.

Rutgers started the season on Tuesday against St. Peters.

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