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New Kids On The Block 2013: Defense

Which freshmen will play in 2013?

Even my recruiting stories would have been interesting. For example, the amount of tickets and free...

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.)

Former '80s USC back Lonnie White recently dished about his recruiting process for The Daily. The majority of the story ha to do with taking. Bully on Dick Anderson Frank Burns.

Eric LeGrand update

I saw the linked video in a Rivals thread this morning. According to a NBC 4 report from last night's news, Eric has feeling in his hands and is making encouraging progress. edit: more details here

DE, Punter commit to Rutgers

Rutgers football received commitments over the weekend from St. John Vianney (Holmdel) punter Anthony DiPaula and West Chester (PA) DE/LB Myles Jackson. DiPaula fills an obvious need with senior Teddy Dellaganna graduating. He'll compete with Kyle Sullivan next year to start at punter. Jackson will probably end bulk up to a DE like many past Rutgers signees. Rutgers technically has three ends committed now now (Djwany Mera didn't qualify last year). Given roster needs they could take up to four.

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

"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.

P.J. Fleck a candidate at Northern Illinois

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.

Schiano coy at presser

Sorry, I haven't had internet access for the past 36 hours, so there's a backlog of stuff to get to later. Anyway, Coach Schiano at his press conference yesterday endorsed Kyle Flood, and gave a measured defense of Kirk Ciarrocca. I agree with him in the sense that context does count, although Ciarrocca's offense no doubt contributed to any protection issues. I can talk myself into keeping Flood in a different offense, but there isn't really any defensible way to keep Ciarrocca on. He was a fine WR coach, and did a great job at Delaware, but the past two years haven't worked by any metric. Keith Sargeant speculates that Ciarrocca could leave in a few weeks, and that seems like a prudent course of action. It doesn't really matter what Schiano is saying publicly right now; my concern is with whether he's vetting candidates through back channels. Any drawbacks to not having staff continuity through the end of recruiting season are way counterbalanced by the need to fix the offense. I don't want to miss out any candidate because of an internal tmetable. In the meantime, I'll get to work on an OC candidates list, and everything else put on the backburner yesterday. edit: also, Schiano acknowledged that Casey Turner is considering a transfer. Someone on Rivals linked to Turner's Facebook profile a few weeks ago which mentioned being a student at Florida A&M. I don't consider Facebook to be a valid source though.

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

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.

Rutgers ends trying season with 35-14 defeat

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...

Tom Savage should stay at Rutgers

Why Tom Savage should stay at Rutgers instead of transferring.

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