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It'll be strange having only one McCourty twin around this year.

Meet Randy Trivers.

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Boise State and the MAC are discussing a deal where the Broncos will play at Bowling Green this season instead of Toledo, Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier said.

Bowling Green's OOC slate this year will be Troy, @Missouri, @Marshall, and Wyoming. I think that Wyoming does look like the most likely team to get the boot from BG, and the MWC conference schedule hasn't been released yet.

Aditi reports that Selection Monday for the women's basketball team this year was a subdued affair. The draw as a 7 seed? VCU, and then probably Auburn. The first two games are at home, but if they beat Auburn, they'll be off to Oklahoma City instead of Trenton.

Pat Kirwan has more praise for Kenny Britt.

Britt calls in every other week and is a down-to-earth kid who just wants to prove he can play this game like the big boys. He always likes to talk about what he's working on and about his desire to get better. I feel bad for quarterbacks trying to call it a day after throwing for a while, because Britt wants more and he loves when the balls come smoking in pass after pass.

Like Moreno, Britt also ran into Andy Reid and was so excited to tell me about meeting him and having a chance to talk with him about the passing game.

The Newark Post (free reg required) had a story yesterday about incoming Delaware walk-on kicker Kyle Sullivan.

The Rutgers Spectacular 5 Show has finalized its list of guests for the 28th: Kenny Britt, Mike Teel, Tiquan Underwood, Jason McCourty, Jamaal Westerman, Kevin Malast, Ray Rice, and Darnell Stapleton.

With the Falcons apparently not working out, L.J. Smith is going to be a Baltimore Raven.

Ouch, the baseball team blew a save vs. FAU.

Des Conner has been talking to Carp.

Carparelli said the league would like to keep its affiliations with the Gator Bowl (obviously as its No.2 game, but guaranteed all four years with the option of selecting Notre Dame during one of them), Sun Bowl, Meineke Car Care, St. Petersburg and Toronto, for sure.

Carparelli said the league does, in fact, have interest in the Champs, Liberty and Music City Bowls, too. And, there are obviously healthy discussions with EagleBank Bowl folks in Washington.

The Home News Tribune is calling on New Jersey to reverse its longterm trend of cutting aid to higher education.

Somehow, Rutgers has managed to survive thus far with its name and its glitter fully intact, even in the face of the sliding state figures. It's a wonder, when school leaders have had to cut hundreds of classes and positions. Or when tuition has soared by more than 10 percent in certain years. Or when one realizes that New Jersey now ranks in the bottom 10 states in tax funds spent for operating expenses of higher education per $1,000 of personal income, with a rate below $5.50; the U.S. median is $7.50.

As for Rutgers, its share of educational costs has plunged from 64 percent in 1992 to about 50 percent today. As a result, the share of educational costs borne by Rutgers students has soared from 36 percent to roughly 50 percent in that same period. Clearly, N.J. lawmakers don't care much for higher education in the Garden State in general. One might even think they despise the colleges, if the last two decades is any guide.