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Rutgers/Navy confirmed for 2014?

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Navy's 2011 football media guide official lists Rutgers as being scheduled to play Navy on 9/20/2014 in Annapolis. Guess that mystery is finally solved.

BE media gathering underway

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Surprise, surprise - the Big East media hates Rutgers. Even Keith Sargeant voted us 7th. I understand skepticism towards RU, even though it's not warranted, but how was UConn not dead last on every ballot? In even less surprising news, the Villanova/Big East conference mythmaking again does not hold up to scrutiny with the tidbit that Syracuse is aligned with the Rutgers/WVU/Pitt pro-football expansion faction. Update: here are the results. West Virginia (21 first place votes, 188 pts) Pitt (2 first place votes, 162 points) USF (1 first place votes, 151 points) Syracuse (98 points) Cincinnati (96 points) Connecticut (76 points) Louisville (60 points) Rutgers (33 points) I understand skepticism in Rutgers, but are the teams above them really that good? Probably not.

On Friday, Munchak, informed Britt the team has no plans to discipline him for his offseason...

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On Friday, Munchak, informed Britt the team has no plans to discipline him for his offseason shenanigans, which included at least three incidents involving police during the 4½-month lockout.

Kenny Britt will avoid team discipline from the Tennessee Titans. With the NFL unlikely to punish him for actions occurring while there was no CBA, it appears that he will escape all consequences beyond a tarnished reputation. This is an acknowledgement by the Titans that Britt was involved in multiple minor scuffles indicating immaturity, as opposed to incidents of malice. Now he just needs to overcome his reoccurring hamstring problems.

Is the Block R logo secretly Canadian?

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Take a look at the linked article above (h/t: Rivals), about efforts to bring the Ottawa Rough Riders back to the CFL. Their 70's/80's era logo just happens to look exactly like the Rutgers Block R. As a Canadian franchise, would their trademark be valid in the United States? Rutgers started using the Block R in 2001, but can point to an old 1966 logo as inspiration. If memory serves, the Block R was designed by Dan Levy, inspired by Greg Schiano's fondness for the Ramapo High School football logo.

Brian Leonard re-signs with Cincinnati Bengals

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Cincinnati Bengals may be happy this morning, but Rutgers fans are less-so. It's wonderful that Brian Leonard has been playing pro ball for four years, and now is signed for two more. Many good college players never receive that kind of opportunity. You sure wish that Leonard would move on to a better organization though. Hopefully they can win more games this season, but that could be hard with their front office.

Dane Miller Takes the Freshman to Summer School

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The group of six freshman, plus Austin Johnson and Austin Carroll took on Dane Miller's squad in the JSBL. What the link above notes as a tight affair ended up with Miller getting the w. He scored 32 points, pulled in 12 boards and dished out 7 assists. Miller scored 9 points in the last two minutes of the game. Freshman Myles Mack scored 27 points and had 7 assists, and was reportedly the best player on the floor for most of the game. Austin Johnson had 21. If Miller and Johnson have improved as much as the summer league has shown, and add leadership, the college basketball season could be very, very excited for Rutgers fans. But again... it is a summer league.

Laryea back; Shimko, Hayward, Solice out

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The Rutgers football program took care of some lingering housecleaning today. Fullback/linebacker Edmond Laryea was approved by the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. The staff really likes Laryea, who should be on the two deep regardless of which side of the ball he ends up on this fall. Quarterback Steve Shimko and Aaron Hayward will no longer count against the team's 85-player scholarship limit due to injury, but will receive medical hardship waivers and retain their scholarships. Shimko missed the spring with a shoulder injury, which would have put him in close competition with incoming freshmen Gary Nova and Mike Bimonte if able to return healthy. He was unlikely to play in 2011, but this move badly hurts the team's already-thin depth at quarterback. Hayward unfortunately had been caught in a numbers game at receiver, and had moved to another deep position in the spring in running back. Rutgers was just so loaded at the offensive skill positions and the secondary that there wasn't an ideal landing spot. Absent the injuries, he still was very talented, and in a less-crowded depth chart would have had more of an opportunity to see playing time. Tight end Junior Solice is also leaving the program. Solice was a signing day flier a few years back, with Rutgers gambling that he could recover from a senior-year injury. Rutgers is relatively thin at tight end, but the odds were against him cracking the depth chart; with the caveat that you really can't get a good impression of a player until they are an upperclassman. Oddly enough, every recent departure is still on the roster except Solice. Needless to say, it is unlikely that Rutgers is still over the mandatory NCAA limit of 85 scholarships.

Schiano family donates 250k to Rutgers

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Greg Schiano is not overpaid, or at least as much as his critics believe. Between the high cost of living in NJ, and Schiano's golden track record off the field, it is not exactly fair to expect his salary to warrant a Vince Lombardi performance. Coach Schiano has a comfortable life style for himself and his family, but he's not exactly abusing his position to live in the lap of luxury. He built a house near campus because he would inevitably end up sleeping in his office most nights. Coaching is a profession with limited job security, so he understandably wants to build a nest egg for his wife and children. Plus, Schiano's support of charitable causes is extensive and well-documented. If the above apologia isn't enough to keep the critics at bay, Coach Schiano heard you. Today the Schiano family pledged $250,000 to the Rutgers future scholars program. If it's not too much to ask, can we please try to remember to mentally calculate that into the equation next time someone wants to call the coach overpaid?

Best Rutgers football offseason ever continues

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UNC football coach Butch Davis is out. We'll take the wins how we can get them. Expectations for this fall are getting higher by the day at this rate.

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