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It appears that offensive coordinator John McNulty has once again rebuffed Miami's advances, and they will be heading in a different direction, likely with Mark Whipple from the Eagles.

Over the weekend, Mike Teel was honored by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association at their annual banquet in Edison.

Mike Teel, the Rutgers quarterback who led the Scarlet Knights' return from a 1-5 start to seven straight victories, including one in the Papajohns.com Bowl, said he wouldn't change a thing about his senior season.

"As difficult as it was, I don't think I would trade it in for anything," Teel said. "In the end it made me mentally tougher and a stronger and better person."

Desmond Stapleton is heading to the Super Bowl in Tampa, to watch his older brother Darnell start for the Pittsburgh Steelers. There's another Stapleton brother? Hopefully Darius can find his way to the Banks, along with Nate Smith and A.J. Zuttah.

Another Big East basketball game, another loss. Sigh. The women dropped a close one at DePaul.

Did you know that former RU DC Paul Ferraro was roommates in college with Steve Spagnuolo (also a former RU assistant)? Me neither. Now Ferraro is reunited in St. Louis with Brian Leonard as the Rams' new LB coach.

CFBLive has rated Rutgers as having the sixth best family atmosphere in college football.

The term family atmosphere is easy to apply to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have more siblings playing in their program than nearly every major conference program. During recruiting visits, most recruits admit the primary theme they discovered was the family atmosphere. Greg Schiano extended his contract through 2016, and his pledge to his athletes that he’ll stay for them carries more weight than many other well-respected coaches in the business.

I was pleased to read recently that Jean Beljour is a graduate assistant under Darren Rizzi at Rhode Island.

The positive momentum for RU wrestling continues.

Mike Tanier from Football Outsiders named Jeremy Zuttah (take that, Carl Nicks) and Eric Foster to his 2008 NFL All-Rookie team. Tanier is from South Jersey and IIRC has had kind words for the Scarlet Knights in the past, as long as the topic of discussion doesn't involve L.J. Smith.

The SEC is insane, volume eleventy thousand: Tennessee will spend $5.3 million on coaching salaries this year.