- Kristian Dyer: a "significant shakeup" to Greg Schiano's staff is coming.
- Big Ten expansion is officially dead. If Rutgers athletics could force Time Warner and Cablevision to carry the Big Ten Network they would have joined. I think the Big Ten punted and took the conservative path by adding Nebraska, which has guaranteed local carriage but little growth potential. Conference reshuffling seems to happen about once a decade, so perhaps the superconferences will make it another run at it down the line. Months ago, it didn't look like the Big East would invite TCU for all sports. Then their football teams had seasons from hell.
- Darnell Stapleton thinks Rutgers is overusing the Wildcat. Join the club. Its overuse this year was more of a symptom than a cause of the offensive woes. Rutgers can't run out of conventional formations, so it turned to smoke and mirrors.
- Kenny Britt may finally return this week, although not soon enough to save slumping Tennessee's season.
- Due to injuries, Jeremy Zuttah has shuffled around Tampa Bay's offensive line. He played right guard last Sunday, and now their center Jeff Faine is injured again.
- Courtney Greene was injured in Jacksonville's win over Tennessee, and is likely out this week. He had been starting this year.
- Hey Santonio Holmes: Devin McCourty isn't your average rookie corner. After picking Mark Sanchez on Monday, is it too early to start the Pro Bowl buzz? And to think that the Pats were getting knocked for taking McCourty in April. His six interceptions (which don't necessarily have anything to do with coverage skill) are tied for second in the NFL. How crazy is it that people who had never seen Devin play were knocking both his selection, and his hands in college (because of a low interception total)?
News and links roundup for 12/08
By On the Banks