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It doesn’t really matter what conference I play in. I came to Rutgers to play for Rutgers. I...

It doesn’t really matter what conference I play in. I came to Rutgers to play for Rutgers. I haven’t really thought about it that much. Big Ten is great basketball, Big East is great basketball. I just want to play, that’s all.

Myles Mack on the Big Ten move.

"All of the deals are a little bit different," he said. "What will happen is, in six years,...

"All of the deals are a little bit different," he said. "What will happen is, in six years, everyone who comes in -- whether it was Nebraska, Rutgers or Maryland -- six years hence will be in the same place. But in the transition they’re all a little bit different. They will be made whole at a certain time. Everybody’s different because everybody is coming from a different place."

I doubt this calms down the pitchfork-wielding masses today, but maybe it helps. Rutgers doesn't get a full Big Ten share for six years, which is fine, and to be expected. P.S. Totally, totally and unironically down with this. That would be awesome!

I just ate a lot, every second. Mike Johansen, our strength and conditioning trainer, had something...

I just ate a lot, every second. Mike Johansen, our strength and conditioning trainer, had something where he said 'Every time I see you, you should be eating something.' It's hard for me to put on weight. I had a lot of PB & J's (peanut butter and jelly). I ate before I went to bed and as soon as I woke up. I just knew in the BIG EAST, experiencing what I experienced last year, that I needed to gain more weigh and be more physical or I wouldn't last long.

Kadeem Jack talks to Matt Hladik during Media Day.

Here Comes the Media Day Optimism!

I don’t know. I don’t care. If we can focus on playing for one another and playing to our strengths, we’re going to be successful. Don’t worry about I have to make this many shots, I have to get this many points. We certainly have a rebounding presence in the paint which we really haven’t had in my two years here, and that will pay immediate dividends

Thanks to RVision, Coach Mike Rice addressed the media on Media day. Here he talks about his expectations for Junior transfer forward Wally Judge. Plenty of other interesting stuff in the video. Coach Rice seems extremely confident, but appears to want to subdue that excitement just a hair. Find more from Jerry Carino here. And his article on the Knights' improvements in the weight room here. And a fantastic article on Judge here. Basketball is coming very soon. Lots for RU fans to look forward to.

JUST NOT RUTGERS: Saturday is an ironic Homecoming game for USF freshman LB Tashon Whitehurst, who...

JUST NOT RUTGERS: Saturday is an ironic Homecoming game for USF freshman LB Tashon Whitehurst, who backed out of a commitment to Syracuse the week before signing day to choose the Bulls, in part because they were much closer to his Gainesville home. Whitehurst, who turned heads with a blocked punt against Florida State and could be a starter next season, said Orange coach Doug Marrone was understanding when he called about his change but oddly relieved it wasn't another Big East rival that beat him. "He was excited. Not really excited, but he was happy for me because he thought I was going to say Rutgers," said Whitehurst, whose family will be in attendance Saturday. "He didn't want me to go to Rutgers. He was like, 'That's a great choice for you and I hope you have a good future. That's a good decision for yourself, close to home.' "

So basically, Doug the Dictator is your average Syracusefan poster.

'Physically, he's what we've missed the last two years in this league,' said [Mike} Rice of his new...

'Physically, he's what we've missed the last two years in this league,' said [Mike} Rice of his new forward, who will have several opportunities to potentially become a double-double per night player for Rutgers.

Friend of the blog Daly Dose of Hoops takes a look at Rutgers upcoming season. If Wally Judge averages a double-double, watch out. Rutgers will be going dancing.

He’s leaning on the players (to lead) more than he did my first two years. If Derrick Randall...

He’s leaning on the players (to lead) more than he did my first two years. If Derrick Randall doesn’t do something right, he’s like, ‘Dane, why didn’t he do this?’ It’s not so much him yelling at individuals. It’s more him looking to the leaders. That’s what good teams do.

Mike Poole talks about Coach Rice at Big East Media Day. Jerry Carino has the full story, including Rutgers being picked 11th in the coach's poll. Meanwhile, Jaden Daly has a ton of quotes from Mike Rice, including, "If I have underclassmen fixing the problems, it's better than me fixing the problems because it comes from your peers."

It would be nice to go to a big school and stay home. I think it would be exciting to do something...

It would be nice to go to a big school and stay home. I think it would be exciting to do something like that."

Tyler Roberson talks about his *unofficial* visit to Rutgers this weekend. He'd be a HUGE get.

I’m very excited to show everybody what direction this program is going . . . And again, I always...

I’m very excited to show everybody what direction this program is going . . . And again, I always say it’s going to happen. That’s my phrase. It’s going to happen. We’re going to do it here. We’re going to win. I don’t know when, but I can see progress and I can see guys chemistry and developing and maturing."

Coach Mike Rice talks this year's team at Midnight Madness last night. Matt Sugam with the story. The team looks much more athletic and stronger. Vince Garrett is going to be one to keep an eye on, that's for sure.
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