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Friday the 13th

Tom Luicci reports that Randy Trivers is a graduate assistant, and also looked at the WR depth chart. So that explains the early start to spring practice, the team is going to take next week off. Paul Franklin has more on how Ed Pinkham and Bob Fraser will mesh.

Next week, Coach Schiano will be speaking with Mike Miello at a symposium for the Bergen County Coaches Association.

One bowl tidbit from UConn beatwriter Desmond Conner:

I heard something tonight about the Liberty Bowl (Memphis) being a possibility as well.

Interesting. As I recall, the Big East almost landed the Liberty Bowl during the last round of reshuffling. It falling through at the 11th hour (after C-USA made major concessions) is how the conference ended up with its current substandard bowl lineup. I agree with Conner that the Champs Bowl should be priority #1.

And speaking of Mr. Tranghese, he told a USF beatwriter that the Big East will look into enacting a rule to limit the ability of conference teams to pick games from each others' OOC schedules.

Fred Hill knows that the men's basketball team needs to improve. Adam Zagoria says that Mike Rosario and Jio Fontan are teaming up, but it will be for the Puerto Rican team at the FIBA U19 World Championships.

Quincy Douby has signed with the NBDL's Erie BayHawks.

Pres. McCormick says that the real budget cuts will actually go deeper than the direct $15.5 million cut.

Rutgers researchers have made progress in their search for a HIV vaccine.

Rutgers Against Hunger is embarking on a new partnership with the Food Bank of South Jersey.