Chandler Dismissed from Rutgers

Rutgers junior guard Corey Chandler has been kicked off the team for a violation of team rules.

“We wish Corey the best as he moves forward,” Rutgers head coach Fred Hill said in a statement. “We consider this a family matter and there will be no further comment.”

Chandler, out of Newark East Side High School, averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds last season.

His exit leaves Rutgers with just three scholarship guards in Mike Rosario, James Beatty and Mike Coburn.

Chandler is the third player to leave in the last nine months, following Christian Morris (December) and Earl Pettis (May) both of whom transferred.

In the wake of playing only five minutes in a blowout loss at Syracuse, the 6-foot-2 Chandler nearly transferred from Rutgers after last season. But he elected to stay after mending fences with Hill.

A source close to Chandler said he stayed primarily because of his relationship with Rosario. 

A number of schools are willing to take Chandler right now, although he would have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer regulations.

University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of North Carolina-Central and North Carolina A&T already offered,” said Alif Muhammad of the Alif Muhammad NIA School in Newark, an adviser to Chandler. “They’ll take him.”

The news is the second headline to come out of the Rutgers men’s basketball program today, following a coaching change.

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