This episode focuses on my rapid reaction to the news that Paul Mulcahy is leaving Rutgers and entering the transfer portal.
I tried to cover as many points as I could in this episode. It’s upsetting to see a four year guy like Mulcahy leave the program, but this is an example of what the current climate in college basketball is like right now.
Mulcahy made a big impact on Rutgers men’s basketball and was a core member of the group that turned the program into a winner. He has meant a lot with both his on and off the court contributions. Mulcahy also was a New Jersey recruit with national offers that could have left but chose to stay home. His impact was significant.
He leaves the program 4th all-time in assists with 457 in his career. During the 2021-2022 season, Mulcahy became the first Rutgers player to average more than 5+ assists in 27 years since Brian Ellerbe during the 1984-1985 season. Mulcahy averaged career highs as a junior with 9.0 points, 5.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds. Mulcahy finishes his Rutgers career with 121 games played and 81 starts. His career averages include 6.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 27.5 minutes per game. Mulcahy is shooting 45.1% from the floor, 36.4% from three-point range and 71.6% from the foul line in his career.
While there were high points and Rutgers was at its best when Mulcahy was as well, there were moments of frustration too. Paul wore his heart on his sleeve and it always showed, for better or for worse. His charity work and donations, both with NIL and without, were noble and extremely positive.
The timing of Mulcahy’s departure is obviously an issue. That’s the worst part. He has the right to do what he feels is best for him and absolutely should. But leaving the program in this state as the middle of June approaches is not a good thing. I do think him leaving this way negatively impacts his legacy, which I detail in this episode.
At the end, Mulcahy did many positives for Rutgers and should be thanked for his contributions by all fans. At the same time, his departures is a complicated ending.
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