Rutgers basketball: How Steve Pikiell turned program around

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Growing up, Steve Pikiell and his nine brothers and sisters always looked forward to the beginning of the school year. Every September, they’d each get one new pair of sneakers—and maybe a pair of pants—from their parents. That was it for the year, except for one Christmas present. Things are earned, not given, the kids learned early. If Pikiell or one of his siblings wanted anything else, they could get a job and pay for it themselves. Pikiell, the seventh youngest, mowed the lawn and had a paper route.

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