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It may be that Rutgers is waiting to fire Rice until after the Murdock wrongful termination suit is settled. If they fire him now, it could be construed as an admission of liability, a legal source told SNY.tv. "Rutgers has to be very careful because to the extent it can be demonstrated they were on notice of what he was doing, that’s going to come back against the university," the source said.

That's what I've been thinking too.

Chris Griffin Talks RU Commitment

I loved the relationships that the players have with one another. The coaches all have great relationships with the players too. Everyone up here from coaches to players is passionate and loves the game of basketball. I love that. "And a Rutgers degree goes a long way. Great academics. I just feel comfortable there."

Griffin tells SNY's Matt Sugam.

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Rutgers basketball is going to happen. It may be slower than most people would like, but it's going to happen.

Mike Rice after last night's win.

Big win

Big win against an evenly matched Seton Hall team. Great way to end the conference series. Hopefully they continue to play out of conference against each other. It's a great rivalry. We finally saw some defense out of Rutgers down the stretch. Love the aggressive play! Hopefully they can take some momentum into the Big East tourney.

The Scarlet Knights aren't the worst team in the Big East, but they are the league's worst...

The Scarlet Knights aren't the worst team in the Big East, but they are the league's worst defensive team. They don't produce turnovers, they give up too many offensive rebounds and they're letting opponents shoot nearly 47 percent from inside the arc. All of those things will be problems in Big East play.

Gary Parrish picks Rutgers to finish 13th in the Big East and makes a very valid point about their defense. It must improve. However, Rutgers is still good enough to win 7 conference games. And if the defense comes up to Mike Rice standards, they could be even better. Then there's this poll which has Rutgers at 28th in the nation, and pegged for 10 Big East wins.

The seven presidents need to listen to him and do what he suggests or they will be destined to...

The seven presidents need to listen to him and do what he suggests or they will be destined to repeat some bad history, where the personal agenda of certain schools became more important than the good of the group.

Good god. Does Hoops Weiss not have an irony detector? So basically, I called this a few days ago when the whole shadow commissioner thing came out, and this is as clear a trial balloon as any. The Big East basketball schools really could let the inept Mike Tranghese and Providence take dictatorial power over the conference again. They really intend to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that it's 1985. Uh, good luck with that.

But The Post has learned all it will take is one crack, the slightest crack, and there almost...

But The Post has learned all it will take is one crack, the slightest crack, and there almost surely will be a new basketball coach at Rutgers next season, or before the end of the current season.

Lenn Robbins confirms Jerry Carino's story on Mike Rice. At the same time, Rice is said to be taking the suspension seriously and wants to do right by his family and the team.

Here locally, Rutgers has sold 5,000 of its 12,500 ticket allotment for the Russell Athletic Bowl...

Here locally, Rutgers has sold 5,000 of its 12,500 ticket allotment for the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 at the Citrus Bowl. The Scarlet Knights opponent, Virginia Tech, has only sold 2,600 tickets so far with each of the school’s charging $72 per ticket according to their websites. While on Stubhub.com, tickets are going from as low as $4 per ticket to as high as $218.

Wondering about bowl ticket sales?The Orlando Sentinel has you covered. This is a little shocking considering that Virginia Tech is considered among the best traveling programs, but it probably shouldn't be considering their disappointing season. Undoubtedly, they still probably will have a great showing at the game, but most fans will be inclined to buy tickets in the secondary market instead.

Only Rutgers and Boise State had overall GSR rates for football student athletes that were better...

Only Rutgers and Boise State had overall GSR rates for football student athletes that were better than the overall student-athletes.

With a 91% graduation success rateRutgers ranks among the best of this year's bowl teams for academic achievement. 91% is great, but a 90% graduation success rate for African Americans is even better when you have so many SEC teams that are basically unable to graduate minority players. If you're interested in that topic, this might be of interest as well.

And so Rutgers winds up undefeated, untied and, to its sorrow, uninvited to any of the established...

And so Rutgers winds up undefeated, untied and, to its sorrow, uninvited to any of the established bowls. (The team voted to reject overtures from the Independence Bowl in Baton Rouge, La., where its opponent would have been McNeese State.) How good are the Scarlet Knights? The team's detractors point to the undemanding schedule, which included four Division II opponents, but Rutgers beat Louisville 34-0, while Pitt defeated the Cardinals 27-6 and Alabama beat them 24-3. Nonetheless, it seems a shame that the Tangerine Bowl, for instance, did not choose to pair Rutgers with Oklahoma State.

Know who else turned down the Independence Bowl besides Louisiana Tech this year? Undefeated Rutgers in 1976, that's who. As the article notes among other historical details, Rutgers had also rejected the Gotham Bowl in 1960, and bids to the Sun and Aviation bowls in 1961, as bowls did not gain much cachet until the past few decades, and Rutgers was historically an academic school that did not emphasize big-time athletics. The strangest part of this story may be the 1961 rumor that Rutgers was under consideration for the Rose Bowl. Ironically, Rutgers was denied an Independence Bowl bid in 1992, leading to a long bowl-less streak that did not end until 2005. Update: I briefly recalled this earlier, but got the details wrong and lost track of the thread before it started being discussed on the boards - Rutgers was in the mix for the Cherry Bowl in 1984, but lost it to an Army team it had beaten. In 1976, another article also mentions the Peach, Tangerine, and Sun Bowls. It also appears that Rutgers rejected the Tangerine and Bluegrass Bowls in 1958 as well.
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