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That was the mantra for Rutgers football on Tuesday, even though rain forced a retreat inside the team's practice bubble.

More on this next week, but one Newsday article from yesterday mentions that Rutgers is going after JUCO lineman Andrew Tiller. If true, is it an indictment of Art Forst, Desmond Stapleton, Richard Muldrow, Caleb Ruch, and Keith Newell? There's no way to know for sure without access to the program. One of my biggest questions right now is how the young linemen who redshirted last season are looking, on both sides of the ball. It's not an indictment of a lineman if they can't contribute overnight like Zuttah and Davis did, and maybe a JUCO could help next year. Fans just have no way of knowing, and any speculation will just be pure conjecture.

It's one of those things that's kept under wraps on Rivals and Scout public boards, but the suspensions for J.R. Inman and Jaron Griffin may be reduced according to vague speculation that's out there right now, which at least helps RU men's basketball's prospects in the coming season.

Speaking of basketball, Jerry Carino has a lot of good information from media day at the RAC yesterday. Not to hype him too much, but I really get a Brian Leonard-type vibe from the way Mike Rosario handles himself. He sounds like a winner, and Rutgers needs winners. This year, at first, it'll have to come from the freshmen. Meanwhile, Adam Zagoria has one of the best pieces about Hamady N'Diaye that you'll ever read.

Once again, Brandon Renkart has been re-signed to the Jets' practice squad.

The Baltimore-area media is jumping on the Ray Rice bandwagon. Baltimore Sun beatwriter Mike Preston goes into a little more detail about his improvement during the past few weeks.

It's way too early to put the label on Rice as a "star." In the past two weeks, he has proven that he can be a successful player in the league and we'll leave it at that. He knows the offense better and is finding the holes. His acceleration is much better than it has been since the early days of training camp. The kid works hard and doesn't have a big ego. Despite handling most of the workload in training camp, he sat on the bench early in the season. It seems that time has paid off. Rice apparently remained focused because he is more comfortable in the offense. I think he learned a lot watching Willis McGahee play.

Ed Cohen is the new radio play by play voice for women's basketball.

The Wall Street Journal's Darren Everson wonders if the spread offense is losing ground.

Ernest Mario has pledged an additional $5 million gift to the Rutgers University School of Pharmacy.

The Star-Ledger is planning to cut 40% of its workforce.