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Reeling 'Em In: Deion Hallmon Commits

You knew it was coming. Deion Hallmon was a Rutgers lean for awhile, and it's great to see him follow through on his top choice. Many wondered whether RU would be able to maintain recruiting success in Florida with the move to the B1G, but Hallmon's commitment should alleviate those concerns for now. Congratulations to Coach Flood and Deion Hallmon.

Miles Shuler To Transfer

Disappointing news from Miles, who could never catch on at WR. If you remember, Miles took on the role of recruiter during his commitment process, and had a hand in landing Savon Huggins to RU. We wish him all the best in his football future.

Jonathan Hilliman #ShocksTheWorld

This just keeps getting better and better. Rutgers received Hilliman's commitment earlier today, and he will be the third running back so far in the 2014 class. The '14 class is currently ranked: #21 (ESPN), #16 (Rivals), #19 (Scout). Of course, NSD isn't until February, but as of right now, we are on the cusp of a truly historic class for Coach Flood.

Another Notch in RU football's NJ Recruiting Belt

Kyle Flood's 2014 class is rounding out quite nicely with local 'State of Rutgers' talent. The latest addition is St. Peter's Prep running back Jonathan Hillman. Hillman chose RU over Ohio State and is generally considered the state's top running back prospect for the class of 2014.

Julie Hermann opposes cost of living stipend

Along with the most towards a new division of the NCAA for so-called power conferences. All in all, these comments together are quite disturbing, and fit in with the continuing narrative that Hermann has an agenda against football and big-time athletics. These two statements are not only directly contrary to the interests of Rutgers University athletics, which would greatly benefit from both, but also are definitively anti-student athlete as well. Considering Hermann's detailed, extensive history of abuse and disrespect towards student-athletes entrusted into her care, this continuing, consistent pattern of behavior is and remains beyond disturbing and troubling. The ONLY consideration should be the best interests of the student athlete. Period. Any other opinion is callous and heartless.

By all accounts, the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany are the meal ticket right now for Rutgers athletics. A sane, competent administrator would simply go along with Delany's plans. The Rutgers Board of Governors proved its incompetence in that respect in forcing out skilled athletic director Tim Pernetti as a direct result of their own failings, and his underwhelming, unaccomplished replacement, Hermann, is at least showing consistency with the board's incompetence by publicly defying Delany. This cannot be said enough: the best hope for Rutgers athletics moving forward is that her tenure is brief and abrupt enough that she doesn't start burning bridges and causing legitimate long term harm to what we're doing here with brain-numbing gaffes like this, or by adding the AAC logo to the football field this year; effectively slamming down the brakes on Rutgers's full-throttle embrace by the Big Ten initiated by Pernetti. Hermann just has to put her own stamp on things, even if it's stupid, incorrect, and ultimately self-defeating.

Does Bob Smith suddenly have a Rutgers problem?

The New Jersey State Senator's challenger in this year's race, Brian Levine, the Republican Mayor of Franklin Township, would seem to think so. New Jersey's seventeenth legislative district covers New Brunswick and Piscataway, along with neighboring, Rutgers-adjacent towns like North Brunswick, Milltown, and Franklin in Somerset County. Rutgers has a big presence all over New Jersey, Central Jersey, and especially Middlesex and Somerset counties, but arguably nowhere more than this district,, where the university is the prime economic driver of the district's economy.

With Steve Sweeney continuing his despicable anti-Rutgers crusade, it at minimum is fair for Levine to ask Smith how he can keep having it both ways. One can't be both a friend of Rutgers University and support the gutter politics of Sweeney and his puppet master George Norcross. This is not a problem for Levine, who is unapologetically pro-Rutgers. Smith, and other Middlesex Democrats, may soon face a hard choice however. Sweeney and Norcross need to be persona non grata in the county, with it being especially grating to seen the unwelcome Sweeney continuing to dare to show his face in the Hub City; the same city that he is trying to strip mine for the benefit for Rowan.

OSU Scandal Final Chapter(s) Yet to Come

We're trying to be better neighbors, but there's some old issues not quite resolved.

If we're going to the BCS, 2013 is the YEAR!!

Because here is our B1G schedule for 16-17 and it ain't real pretty. Ohio St/Michigan BACK-TO-BACK?? C'mon son!

2014 Shooting Guard Mike Williams Commits to RU

Credit Matt Hladik with the scoop. Williams is a scorer who can really shoot. Mike Rice had been on him for a while, and this is likely a Van Macon connection for Eddie Jordan. Rutgers beats out St. John's and Temple (among others) for Williams' services. Unless J.J. Moore gets a waiver to play immediately (PLLLEEEAASSSEEEEE NCAA), this will finalize the class that will be the first to enter the Big 10. Jordan has a 3 man class of Bishop Daniels (JUCO G), DJ Foreman (SF/PF) and Mike WIlliams. If Moore gets the waiver, Jordan will have one more scholarship to play with. And with the speed in which Jordan has been filling out these classes, you'd think he'd be able to nab someone solid.

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