Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who scored his 1,000th victory earlier this season, is starting the rest of the regular season on doctors' advice.
Sunday's announcement of the Big Ten Conference took place three days after the 70-year-old Hall of Famer missed a game in Michigan.
Rutgers said Stringer is expected to return to the postseason. The Scarlet Knights (18-8, 10-5) were added to the leaderboard earlier this month and are expected to form the NCAA tournament.
Deputy coach Tim Eatman will act as assistant coach during the Big Ten tournament.
I can imagine that this was not an easy decision, but in consultation with my doctors, it's in my best interest to spend time getting better before returning to the daily routine of coaching, "Stringer said in a statement 1
Eatman served three after illness and death Rodgers has three games in the regular season, starting with a home game against Wisconsin on Monday.
Stringer won her 1,000th win on November 13th.
with a 73-44 decision over Central Connecticut State.
She was the fifth Division I Women's C milestone to reach the milestone and sixth place African-American trainer who has reached the mark.
The others are Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell. Barbara Stevens, second division coach, has won more than 1,000 games.
Stringer has a career mark of 1015-410 in 48 seasons, making her the sixth women's trainer in women's basketball. She is 495-275 in 24 seasons at Rutgers.
Stringer is the only women's trainer to bring three different teams to the Final Four: Cheney State 1982, Iowa 1993 and Rutgers 2000 and `07. Their teams have participated in 26 of the 36 NCAA tournaments and have played 10 regional finals.
Rutgers was last represented at the 2015 NCAA tournament.