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More from Paul Zeise on BE expansion

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Zeise's thoughts on UCF and Houston are pretty much what have been here in the past. Villanova isn't even worth discussing at this point.

Josh Newman and Jerry Carino Recap the JSBL

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Each RU player (save Wally Judge) is profiled. Special attention is given to Myles Mack. Lots of upside here.

Mike Poole Improving in NYC

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The NY POST checks in on Poole and sees he's putting up impressive stats in a summer league in NYC. Good to see he's trying to work on his outside shot and ball handling, as those were his biggest flaws last year. Poole is a really good defender and struck me as someone with great upside. And, apparently, his goal is to win a national championship next year. Meanwhile, Adam Zagoria has video of Mike Poole guaranteeing a post-season bid.

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.

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