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A couple more former assistants have landed on their feet as Brian Angelichio is apparently going...

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A couple more former assistants have landed on their feet as Brian Angelichio is apparently going to join Hafley and Cignetti at Rutgers

That's from Paul Zeise's blog. There's been nothing on the Rutgers end about this, so it's hard to fully analyze the Hafley and Angelichio additions without knowing what else is coming. Frank Cignetti immediately replaced Kirk Ciarrocca on the official athletic department website, but as of now the team is one coach over the assistant limit before taking this into account. It is somewhat interesting though how Hafley was not only on staff but recruiting right away. Angelichio is a very good recruiter in eastern Pennsylvania, and sent two tight ends to the NFL last year. Presumably there will be an announcement on or immediately following Signing Day.

Incidentally, when it all shakes out, don't be surprised to see a third Pitt assistant end up on...

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Incidentally, when it all shakes out, don't be surprised to see a third Pitt assistant end up on the Rutgers staff before it is all said and done.

That was from Paul Zeise last night. I'm just catching up after being preoccupied for the most of the day. There was one other assistant being rumored a few weeks back...

"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic...

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"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. "I think everybody was thing (last May) as schools were moving and looking that may be the direction (a 16-team conference). Our commissioner and our league decided to study it for a year."

And you thought Big Ten expansion was dead! Alvarez reportedly brought up the possibility of further Big Ten expansion to the East yesterday on XM radio (1, 2), but I have not been able to find an archive or transcript of the conversation. Am I desperately clinging to second-hand message board posts? Yes, yes I am.

The Rutgers coach will hold a 3 p.m. press conference today, at which time he is expected to...

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The Rutgers coach will hold a 3 p.m. press conference today, at which time he is expected to acknowledge changes to his coaching staff are coming. As one person familiar with Schiano's thought process put it this past week, "Let's just say (Schiano) is going to go into a new direction (philosophy-wise)."

Keith Sargeant wins again. In response, I can only link this video.

RivalsHigh has learned that four-star running back Chevelle Buie has been suspended for a violation...

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RivalsHigh has learned that four-star running back Chevelle Buie has been suspended for a violation of school rules and will not be available for the Class 2A semifinal. The nature of Buie's defense was not disclosed, but school officials said it was not for an act of violence and did not involve drugs or alcohol.

Chevelle Buie suspended by high school for 10 days. Ouch. This isn't good, although it would be a mistake to rush to judgment without knowing all of the facts. Buie has waivered somewhat but is still considered a verbal commitment to Rutgers. He probably projects as a slot receiver in college.

Would you like to go back to the playing style you had a couple years ago? "I am definitely going...

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Would you like to go back to the playing style you had a couple years ago? "I am definitely going to examine all of that but I am going to wait until this week is over. This week, we are going to be who we are now and then at the end of the season I am going to evaluate all of that. That is going to be a big part of the evaluation… who are we? Part of who we are is what am I comfortable with because I am the one that has got to go to bed comfortable with it. I will evaluate that all at the end of the season and it may very well be just what we are doing but I have to evaluate it." That quote is from this week's presser notes. The press has to be subtle, but this effectively says what is obvious from watching the games. Frankly, skipping the flight to Morgantown and going to Miami in search of Mark Whipple (offensive coordinator) and Jeff Stoutland (OL coach) would be a more productive use of Coach Schiano's Saturday. The only other interesting thing from the transcript is that Schiano mentioned that TCU was actually considered for expansion two years ago (along with Houston possibly?) The most interesting bit from this week's game notes is that Marcus Cooper passed Logan Ryan on the cornerback depth chart. It's been a rough go of it for Ryan ever since being called for pass interference against Syracuse. Any defensive back is going to be challenged if the front seven can't generate a decent pass rush.

ON ALL THE TALK BEFORE THIS GAME ABOUT TECH’S RED-ZONE ISSUES AND TENDENCY TO RUN ... THEN 3 TDS IN...

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ON ALL THE TALK BEFORE THIS GAME ABOUT TECH’S RED-ZONE ISSUES AND TENDENCY TO RUN ... THEN 3 TDS IN 3 RED-ZONE TRIES TODAY, TWO OF THEM PASSING: "You know, I wasn’t even thinking about that until you guys said something to me Tuesday. We put in a whole new offense in the red zone. I actually brought my son Daniel. Somebody said a ninth-grader could do a better job in the red zone than you. So I brought Daniel down here and, heck, they were right. Wow. I go, ‘What do you think?’ He called it out. Boom, touchdown. He’s out there still celebrating."

You think Rutgers has struggled offensively? Virginia Tech is always known for winning with defense and special teams. Their offense has been a liability in recent years, causing virulent fan criticism of coordinator Bryan Stinespring. Their woes eventually culminated earlier this year with a loss to James Madison.

"Going into his sophomore year he wasn’t doing the things that I demanded from my players, so I t...

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"Going into his sophomore year he wasn’t doing the things that I demanded from my players, so I threw Kenny off the team because he wasn’t paying the price," Rodriguez said. "I think that woke him up. I said, ‘I won a state championship without you, I can win another one.’"

Kenny Britt's off season troubles in Tennessee continue with a recent slew of drops during team offseason activities. He'll get it together in time, having far too much talent to not succeed. People should give him a break for now though. If you listen to his high school coach Rick Rodriguez, and learn what Kenny's been up against, he comes off less as a troublemaker, and more an impulsive type who betrays his young age and has more maturing to do. I love the story of Britt dominating a Syracuse football camp, only to return there as a sophomore and put up the most effortless 176 receiving yards that you'll ever see. Didn't know that he was a new father either.

"I couldn't be prouder of our State University's football program's latest success," Christie said...

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"I couldn't be prouder of our State University's football program's latest success," Christie said in a statement. "This tremendous achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes, coaches and the academic support staff at Rutgers."

Gov. Christie praised Rutgers football for its #1 APR score, which was a nice symbolic gesture considering how Rutgers is usually the forgotten red-headed stepchild of New Jersey state politics. Thanks. Not to be too curt about this, but by any chance could he double RU's allowance as a reward? Thanks to the looming budget cuts, Rutgers is freezing teaching salaries and canceling scheduled pay raises. This will undoubtedly infuriate educational unions, who are already going after athletics in spite of the fact that stadium expansion was tied to a ticket bond. That's a dumb strategy that's only going to alienate the most dedicated factions of the university community, and rally support to the administration's side. Have to say though, the athletic department should at least be making public shows of austerity though, at least in a way that is possible without giving any impression of compromising future success.

Rutgers recently poured $102 million into its 52,454-seat football stadium and has a...

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Rutgers recently poured $102 million into its 52,454-seat football stadium and has a yet-to-be-financed proposal in place to go north of 70,000. It also can play occasionally at the new Jets/Giants Stadium that will seat around 82,500. Rutgers is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (like all 11 Big Ten schools) and its football team posts elite APR (Academic Progress Rate) numbers because coach Greg Schiano recruits willing students and insists they sit in the first three rows of class.

Well, maybe Bloomberg was referring to this. That's getting wayyyyy ahead of ourselves though.
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