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A closer look at some new local coaches

As we inch closer and closer to college hoops season, I thought I'd share a couple of excellent pieces written recently by my ESPN colleagues:

-- Andy Katz, on new Rutgers coach Mike Rice -- who said, "There's no question, I'm getting this done."

-- Dana O'Neil, on new Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard -- the anti-Bobby Gonzalez.

Also, Nina Mandell wrote a good piece about the coaching staff that Steve Lavin has assembled at St. John's.

The upcoming battles between these three local Big East schools -- both on the court and on the recruiting trail -- should be fascinating to watch.