Obviously, the two pieces' authors didn't talk to each other, but this will just give more ammunition to the paper's critics. Penn State is responsible for the worst scandal in college football history. Their football program is forever synonymous with pedophilia. And yet they receive favorable coverage in a New Jersey newspaper. The Star-Ledger has a right to ask questions obviously, but they are one of a handful of media outlets in the country that publish critical pieces of college sports. That gives a distorted impression that Rutgers is one of the bad actors in the college game, when that couldn't be further from the truth. Think of it like this. The Star-Ledger published an article critical of the athletic department's decision to buy flowers to send to the funeral of a student athlete's deceased father. Their sister paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard, held the Laurie Fine tape without talking to police for EIGHT YEARS. Again, that's not to allege a Newhouse-driven conspiracy as some have done, just that the Post-Standard is a joke of a rag, that is so completely in the tank that it might as well be printed on Comic Sans.