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

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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...

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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.

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

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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,...

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"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...

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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!

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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."
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