West Virginia had the potential to be a blowout. A final score of 35-14 is nice in that sense, but the relatively small margin was mainly caused by the Mountaineers repeatedly trying to give the...
Even my recruiting stories would have been interesting. For example, the amount of tickets and free transportation offered by Rutgers would certainly have had a couple of days life as an internet story, and the private plane Notre Dame sent to fly me to South Bend would at least be blog material.
(After I declined to commit to those schools, their attitudes changed — immediately. Instead of driving me to my home after my trip to a Rutgers game, I was dropped blocks away and my father had to pick me up. And, Notre Dame left me snowed in at an airport when it came time for me to return to New Jersey.)
"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."
Early word is Rutgers assistant P.J. Fleck may be early front runner for Northern Illinois job.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) December 6, 2010
Tom Dienhart from Rivals calls Rutgers WR coach P.J. Fleck the favorite to take over from Jerry Kill at Illinois. Fleck is a NIU alum and coached there last year. He's drawn rave reviews at Rutgers, and is definitely on the fast track upwards regardless of what happens. NIU fans seem to want him, and Syracuse DC Scott Shafer could be a candidate too. In fact, the praise has been so universal that I basically wrote off Fleck as taking a Big Ten assistant job in 2011 by last spring. Blatant speculation: would it be possible that he follows Kill to Minnesota if NIU doesn't pan out? If that were to happen, could Greg Schiano use the opportunity to demote Kirk Ciarrocca to WR coach? The only real problem on RU's end then would be not having a big-time Florida recruiter on staff.
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)."