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Rutgers spent less on athletics in FY2011

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Remember all the bad headlines from USA Today and Bloomberg lately about Rutgers subsidizing is athletic department? Well, those stories all looked at the 2009-2010 data. According to a recent report in SportsBusiness Daily, the RU athletic department's budget actually dipped from $64.2 million in the 2010 fiscal year to $62 million the 2011 fiscal year. As the linked article shows, this drop occurred during the exact same period where athletic departments around the country massively ramped up there spending. Of course, the real number if interest is not RU's total athletic budget, but the amount of general fund moneys diverted to fill the athletics gap, and that data is not available yet. But this is a nifty little piece of evidence to throw back in the face of critics complaining about RU's athletics budget. All those anecdotes in the Bloomberg story weren't an apples to apples comparison. Rutgers was spending less on phones, and during the exact same period, the athletic budget dropped. The idea that athletics is living high on the hog while everyone else sacrificed is hereby exposed as fiction.

Rutgersland is still suffering

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While most of New Jersey ventured out today following the weekend storm, Somerset County municipalities like Manville and Bound Brook are not so fortunate, with the flooded banks of the Raritan yet to recede. Local shelters are reportedly low on food. The Food Bank Network of Somerset County is accepting donations - whether monetary, canned goods, other non-perishable foods, and toiletries.

He definitely knows coach [David] Cox there from his D.C. ties and he has a lot of great things to...

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He definitely knows coach [David] Cox there from his D.C. ties and he has a lot of great things to say about Coach [Mike] Rice," Jones added. "They’re (Rutgers) very much in the mix and if he decides to go there, it will be a great situation."

DeMatha coach Mike Jones on highly ranked small forward Jerami Grant. Hat tip to Adam Zagoria for the great article.

Anonymous coaches dish on the Big East

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The Rutgers comments seem fair. Schiano has a reputation of being hard to work with. The guy slept in his office so much that he built a house on campus. Chas Dodd has limited height, but the rest of the comment didn't make sense considering he has a very strong arm. The Ciarrocca/Cignetti comparison is spot on. Not too much to complain about here. Big East coaches clearly seem to disagree with the media, pegging Cincinnati and UConn as the two most troubled programs in the conference. If there's a nitpick, it's that the recruiting comments aren't really correct at all.

In Middlesex and Monmouth counties, a storm surge of 4 to 6 feet was expected this morning,...

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In Middlesex and Monmouth counties, a storm surge of 4 to 6 feet was expected this morning, according to the weather service. That will result in near record severe tidal flooding, according to the weather service.

The Raritan runneth over. Hurricane Irene itself may not have lived up to its billing, but the aftermath could leave New Jersey far worse for the wear. The Raritan River literally runs through a wide swath of Central New Jersey. Rutgers University is located in the very epicenter of the Raritan Valley, as could be expected with all of the talk in the alma mater of floods and such. The banks of the Raritan are cresting, with Somerset County communities such as Manville and Bound Brook expected to see the worst of it. As of yesterday New Brunswick remained inaccessible via road, with sections of Rt. 18 inaccessible. Classes are still scheduled to start on Thursday for now. At the very minimum, Thursday's Rutgers football opener is going to be quite the logistical challenge. Major roads are closed. Fans right in the stadium's backyard remain displaced or trapped in their homes. Police and emergency personnel may still be needed elsewhere. The Rutgers athletic department is a difficult bind, and would probably prefer to hold off on further action for now, but speculating about pushing the game back a few days is not completely outlandish. As Gov. Christie acknowledged over the weekend, Rutgers University has up to this point gone above and beyond the call of duty in housing displaced evacuees. When HPS Stadium finally opens in a few days, it would also behoove the athletic department to take additional measures to help ease the suffering in New Jersey. Something along the lines of a canned food drive, or collecting donations for local relief agencies.

Justice served for Kenny Britt

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The NFL announced Saturday that they will not punish Kenny Britt for a series of minor offseason transgressions. Which is...exactly what should have happened. Britt can make enormously bad decision at times, but it's hardly fair to compare him to say, Aqib Talib. The NFL had no business even contemplating disciplining Britt; not when his travails paled in comparison to Talib's, and not when they occurred during a work stoppage where the NFL had no jurisdiction over locked out players. They had zero grounds for action in this case, which is why nothing happened. Justice was served, and the system worked.

Week one Rutgers football depth chart released

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The Rutgers athletic department released the week one depth chart for NC Central earlier this afternoon. Among the items of interest are that the punting competition is still unsettled. Open position battles at RB (Savon Huggins vs. DeAntwan Williams), TE (Paul Carrezola vs. D.C. Jefferson), and DE were already well-known, and expected to continue into the season. Notably missing from the depth chart is Devon Watkis at LT, and the combination of Marcus Thompson and Jamil Merrell at DE. It's hard to say how much of a factor injuries were in both of those decisions. Kaleb Johnson made the two-deep as a true freshman at RT in Watkis's stead, with redshirt freshman Betim Bujari managing to crack the two-deep as well on the line. Ken Kirksey and Ike Holmes are the backup DTs, which had been one of the bigger mysteries in camp (with names like D.J. Mera and Taj Alexander also reportedly in the mix at various points.) Brandon Jones and Logan Ryan held off Mase Robinson and Marcus Cooper at CB, and Lorenzo Waters is well on his way to being at least a two-year starter at safety by earning a backup job as a redshirt freshman. Jordan Thomas isn't listed on the crowded secondary depth chart, but fortunately will handle return duties with Robinson, and possibly Miles Shuler. True freshmen on the two-deep: Savon Huggins (RB), Gary Nova (QB), Kaleb Johnson (RT), Ken Kirksey (DT), Kevin Snyder (SLB), Anthony DiPaula (P), Miles Shuler (PR). Only Huggins and DiPaula have a reasonable chance to start. Redshirt freshmen on the two-deep: Brandon Coleman (WR), Betim Bujari (RG), Michael Burton (FB), Dave Milewski (MLB), Lorenzo Waters (SS), Nick DeLouisa (K).

Rutgers housing Hurricane Irene evacuees

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Sorry for the lack of activity. Will try to catch up a bit tomorrow if everyone's stuck inside and the power doesn't go out. Gov. Christie just announced that Rutgers University is housing Irene evacuees this weekend, with the web site linked above specifying that Werblin, the College Ave. Gym, and Livingston Rec. Center are being used. Christie singled out Rutgers and Pres. McCormick for immediately agreeing to offer evacuees food and shelter. As a former New Brunswick resident, it's a little worrisome to wonder how the whole Raritan River area will handle Irene. New Brunswick can barely handle minor rain as is; half of Somerset County practically floods if you look at it funny.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Rutgers

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Sick of all the hyperbole, both positive and negative? Rutgers alumnus Stuart Nachbar, writing for his blog Educated Quest, just published a white paper that is a very good, realistic account of Rutgers University. Focusing on the univeristy's recent enrollment expansion was an excellent choice. If there's one problem with this paper, it probably should have more about the university's stifling bureaucracy.

Savon Huggins' Maturity, Family, and Recruitment

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I didn't see Jon posting this anywhere, so I thought I'd pop it up on the site. Great article by Steve Politi in the Star Ledger's new magazine INSIDE JERSEY. Definitely worth a look.

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