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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.

The Scarlet Knights' win-loss record is directly tied to the financial health of the state...

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The Scarlet Knights' win-loss record is directly tied to the financial health of the state university's athletic department. Football alone is hemorrhaging more than $2 million a year and contributing to the athletic department's overall $7 million deficit, a situation university officials say must end.

That quote is from the year 2000. (link is to this site's first post from 18 months ago talking about the athletic department deficit at Rutgers when USA Today first published their information. Let's recap. The football deficit was "over 2 million" then, and is slightly more now. The athletic department deficit has soared in that same time frame. Yeah, football isn't the problem here. But it'll be the solution, after Tim Pernetti's efforts pay off in a new Big East television contract. As the Cassandra who was screaming about this topic long before the public firestorm hit, can we please discuss this in a rational manner like adults?

Token conference reshuffling note

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If you can get past the garden-variety unrealistically bad projection for Rutgers, and take John Marinatto's talking points with a grain of salt, there is some informative information in Brett McMurphy's latest article on Big East expansion. That's Marinatto for you, whispering about raiding the ACC in one moment, then trying to collude with the ACC and Big XII the next. Does he really inspire anyone's confidence being in a back room with John Swofford and Dan Beebe? That meeting would probably result in Fox Sports buying the conference's television rights for a nickel.

Chris Christie gets it right

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The word "restraint" is usually not uttered in the same sentence as a reference to Chris Christie, but New Jersey's Governor has preferred a hands-on approach to the Rutgers University athletic department, perhaps recognizing that worrying about an $18m subsidy from a university that derives only 20% of its budget from state funds would be the height of folly. New Jersey has no right to boss Rutgers around for what they're contributing. In contrast to loathsome fellow Republican David Wolfe, Gov. Christie is remarkably level-headed about yesterday's Bloomberg article on the Rutgers athletic department. Dave won't be thrilled to see any positive mention of Gov. Christie, but you have to give credit when it's deserved.

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