C. Vivian Stringer will not return for NCAA Tournament

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While the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are expected to be part of this year’s NCAA Tournament field, its coach will not be.

Rutgers announced that under doctor’s advice, C. Vivian Stringer will not return for the postseason – including the tournament. According to the school, her doctors have assured she will make a full recovery.

The plan is to return to her coaching duties later on in the year. Assistant coach Tim Eatman will continue to lead the Scarlet Knights in Stringer’s stead as the team looks to the tournament.


The invitation to play in the NCAA tournament is a crowning achievement for any team.

–C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers women’s basketball coach (per Rutgers press release)


I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to join them, but I need to listen to my doctors. Being away from my team has been more difficult than I could have imagined, but thankfully they are under the great care of Tim Eatman and my assistants.

–C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers women’s basketball coach (per Rutgers press release)

The 2019 season was an eventful one for Rutgers. Earlier in the year, Stringer reached the 1,000-win plateau, becoming only the sixth coach in history at the Division I level to achieve the feat.

Rutgers also followed closely the Maori Davenport saga in Alabama, given she will play her freshman season in Piscataway next year. The Davenport case was dismissed shortly following Charles Henderson High’s elimination from the Alabama 5A state playoffs.

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