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The University of South Jersey moves out from the shadows

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And...we may know why the UMDNJ merger could sail through the legislature with little opposition. South Jersey political boss George Norcross is proposing a merger between Rutgers-Camden, Rowan University, and UMDNJ-Camden. If as big a mover and shaker as Norcross is talking to reporters, then these discussions must have moved long past the rumor stage. The plan brings up echoes of Jim McGreevey's failed University of New Jersey proposal, but the idea is worthy of consideration if it can stay manageable and not bog down the slam dunk Rutgers/UMDNJ-NB merger. The two Rutgers satellite campuses in Newark and Camden are an afterthought to the New Brunswick campus. There is little interaction below the administrative level. Rutgers-Camden would be a small price to regain RU's medical school, and as Norcross points out, there's a decent marginal utility argument here. Maybe they can wring some efficiencies out of RU-Camden, and if it's just going to be a patronage mill, it won't be our problem anymore. The current governing structure of Rutgers doesn't really work for anybody. The flagship New Brunswick campuses sort of benefits from marginalizing North and South Jersey political machines who might otherwise be feeding from the trough, but that has the downside of weakening local political support for higher education. Rutgers-NB might have to share more of the funding pie if Newark (possibly with its own merger with UMDNJ and NJIT, but again, you have to worry about mission creep here) and Camden were potent political entities, but it would probably be a much bigger pie. Rutgers New Brunswick could benefit if these scenarios were ever to come to fruition, but disentangling the business school from Newark would be tricky, and NB would be left entirely without a law school.

Rutgers throwing a lot of true freshmen into the fire

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Rutgers is off to a 3-1 start, but there are certainly many items that need to be addressed. For one thing, the Scarlet Knights can't run the football. The defense won't be able to win it with turnovers every week. At a certain point, the offense will have to be able to execute, although they do deserve a lot of credit for freshening up the defense with ball control football. Winning every week is the primary concern, but long-term roster management can't be ignored. It's Pitt week, and who can forget Dave Wannstedt panicking last year in playing an ultra-raw T.J. Clemmings long before he was ready for prime time? Keith Sargeant pointed out in this presser notes earlier that ten true freshmen have played already this season. Obviously, Gary Nova, Savon Huggins, Kaleb Johnson, Kevin Snyder, and Ken Kirksey are on the two-deep, but for the others that are playing, you want them to be seeing considerable minutes with a possible fifth year of eligibility at stake.

ESPN Blog has Syracuse Bowling over RU

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So Syracuse will go bowling over Rutgers? Maybe I'm confused, but didn't Rutgers just beat Syracuse? Ridiculous.

RU-Pitt Opening Line

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The opening line has Pitt favored by 6 next weekend.

Bailey appeared to be down on a television replay, but the ruling on the field was upheld, sending...

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Bailey appeared to be down on a television replay, but the ruling on the field was upheld, sending the Scarlet Knights (3-1, 1-0 Big East) into a frenzy after they had huddled along their sideline waiting.

What. The Post-Standard is obviously in the rank for Syracuse, as most college papers are around the country for their local teams. You expect a little better from the Associated Press though. Credit the boards for quickly discovering that the writer for this one (John Kekis) is based out of Syracuse. Suddenly, the above paragraph that bears no relationship whatsoever to reality makes a bit more sense.

Kevin McNamara thinks Big East football has bullied basketball

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Ummm Was that when Providence College treated the Big East conference as a dictatorship? When Mike Tranghese tried to destroy Big East football by forcing half of its programs on the ACC in 1998, which invited the ACC raid five years later? Sounds like Providence is panicking that their iron grip on power is in danger, especially since McNamara insists that the Big East needs programs like Georgetown, St. John's, and Villanova (for all sports, no less!) Those programs are assets in hoops, but the BE surely doesn't need the irrelevant and disposable Providence program. McNamara tweeted last night that Mike Tranghese is consulting for the Big East, which fortunately probably means that he and John Marinatto are of one mind on everything. Both are horrible commissioners who actively plotted against half of their conference members. Tranghese came out and said on WFAN that he only cares about Providence College. He is the LAST person anyone from the Big East should be chatting up right now. If there's a chance in hell that the Big East survives, it's by finally putting football first with a football-first commissioner.

The Sunday Big East meeting

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Mike DeCourcy from the Sporting News that the Big East presidents plan to press Rutgers and UConn for a commitment on Sunday, in addition to inviting Temple. The article also talks a bit about Big XII instability, which may be a significant reason why any scenarios involving them raiding the Big East won't happen. The Big East might still be running strong today if the league had focused exclusively on all-sports expansion at the start.

Daily Targum > Daily Orange

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Now, the U.S. News rankings are stupid and useless, but even they do not rank Rutgers 143rd in selectivity. It looks like a staffer for the Daily Orange wasn't paying attention and grabbed the ranking for a Rutgers satellite campus instead of the flagship in New Brunswick. Mistakes happen, but the Daily Orange has some serious egg on their face today for letting this image get to print without catching the error.

Week five blogpoll

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Click the above link if you want to see the latest blogpoll.

Weekly Rutgers football depth chart released

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Three three-headed OR monster of doom returns at running back. Huggins! Jamison! Deering! Three will enter alive, only one will...start against Syracuse. Tight end D.C. Jefferson, guard Betim Bujari, and tackle Kaleb Johnson too escape the dreaded OR this week. Looks like there's been a reshuffling at DE too. Last week SDE was Larrow OR Abreu, and WDE was Glaud OR Booker. Now Larrow is clearly starting over Thompson at SDE, with Abreu OR Glaud at WDE, with no Booker. Merrell is still starting over Snyder at SLB.

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