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The Big East's treachery and lies

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The Big East's treachery and lies know no bounds

You knew it was coming

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Congrats to Scarlet Nation on the scoop. Now comes the true test of Tim Pernetti's tenure. Rutgers is either going to end up in a very good position, or completely exposed.

Rocket Williams still in limbo

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According to a local Virginia paper, Rocket is back home in Virginia and is still trying to make up his mind.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse Apply to Join the ACC

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Per Brett McMurphy at CBS Sports. According to the article, 10 other schools have also applied. The article did not name who they were. If these letters of application are accepted, the Big East will be on the verge of crumbling once again. Is Rutgers one of those other 10 teams? Will the Scarlet Knights be left out in the cold? Or is this just much ado about nothing? Stay Tuned.

Big East basketball schools get what they wanted

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Big East basketball schools get what they wanted: the destruction of the conference

Pres. McCormick speaks

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Here are McCormick's seven stated priorities, along with some analysis: 1.Reunite the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with Rutgers; - McCormick is optimistic that the Christie administration will be on board with the desperately-needed merger. 2.Improve our students’ academic achievement and their graduation rates; - New Brunswick will lower enrollment next year by 4%, which will both ease overcrowding, and improve the university's academic reputation. If they're going to forgo those tuition dollars, then fundraising must be going well, and the administration is optimistic about the higher ed bond passing. 3.Increase funding for research; - see point 2. This is wonderful, and sorely needed, but resources are as always a question. 4.Extend our international reach in strategically selected countries; - this is another way to pad their coffers considering that many foreign students come from relatively well-off backgrounds. Rutgers of course is a natural partner with India and China given local demographics in New Jersey. 5.Bolster our faculty by adding many more endowed chairs; - it's about time, considering the past few years of faculty raids given the budget crisis. Hope the money pans out for this. 6.Expand and improve our campus facilities; - apparently the plan is to get a higher education bond on the ballot in November, 2012. 7.Increase private giving to achieve our ambitions. - all of the above objectives are not going to happen in a vacuum. Alumni are going to have to open their checkbook in a way that they have historically not been inclined to do. It's hard to find much to fault McCormick for in his stated list of priorities. He's always had a good handle on a vision for the future of Rutgers moving forward. At points the implementation of that vision has been sloppy, and Rutgers students and alumni will have to adjust their expectations accordingly with that giant caveat in mind.

Jerami Grant to Syracuse

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Per Evan Daniels of Scout and Adam Zagoria (twitter link above).

"It's just part of the business. No hard feelings," Ciarrocca said. "For a lot of reasons, we...

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"It's just part of the business. No hard feelings," Ciarrocca said. "For a lot of reasons, we didn't perform as well as you would have liked."

That's...one way of putting it.

A mixed effort from The Atlantic

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The cover story from this month's Atlantic, covering the business of college sports, is drawing a lot of praise from across the media and blogosphere. It is very well-researched, but its thesis is basically incoherent. Most athletic departments lose money. The story shouldn't be "greedy athletic departments exploit players." It should be "football and basketball players forced to subsidize non-revenue sports,"

De'Antwan Williams to transfer from Rutgers

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In response to being dropped to third on the depth chart, tailback De'Antwan "Rocket" Williams is leaving the Rutgers football team. This is somewhat surprising given the family pressure Williams faced to stay at RU after last season, but an even bigger surprise was that Williams did not transfer after two seasons on a bench, given that Rutgers has signed an all-everything freshman in Savon Huggins. Huggins and Williams were roughly equal in the early going, with the main difference that Williams was two classes ahead. Backups Jeremy Deering and Jawan Jamison weren't far behind. In that sense, being demoted to third-string is not much of an insult, although it's easy to see why it may come off as frustrating. That's probably why Schiano hasn't entirely closed the door on Rocket returning. Williams has an awful lot of talent, with his main drawback thus far behind a tendency to run horizontally instead of straight-ahead. He's capable of being a quality starter and excelling elsewhere, having had the misfortune to play the same position as Savon Huggins. Losing Williams certainly hurts the team's depth in the backfield, but you won't find many Rutgers fans who aren't looking forward to Savon toting the rock full-time. Basically, all hail our new tailback overlord, and it sure would have been nice if Ray Graham's grades weren't awful three years ago.

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