Big-money coaches not immune

Fred Hill was rolling south on the Jersey Turnpike between Newark and Philly one day last week. He had the top down on his convertible Ford Thunderbird, Earth Wind & Fire blasting on his stereo.

The Rutgers basketball coach’s leisurely summer interlude was made possible by the sagging economy.
In more flush times, Hill likely would have stayed in Philadelphia between the Wednesday and Thursday sessions of the Reebok All-American camp. But with budgets tightening on every campus, the state university of New Jersey included, Hill opted to make the 75-minute commute home and return the next day. That saved Rutgers a night’s hotel bill in one of the more expensive cities in the country.