- Tampa Bay signed DE George Johnson to a free agent contract. They're rather thin at DE, so it should be an excellent situation for him.
- The rest of Keith Sargeant's top 20 countdown includes assorted tidbits on the football roster and spring practice.
- The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein has a few insights on Big Ten expansion in this interview with a Northwestern blog.
- MSG's Fooch caught up with Ray Rice at a recent charity event. Rice also has a Q&A in the new Sporting News. According to Football Outsiders, Rice had the second most broken tackles of any tailback in the NFL last season.
- Dang, West Virginia beat out Rutgers for the highest spring game attendance in the Big East this year. With Geno Smith injured, Pat White's younger brother played QB for both teams. Neither will have receivers Logan Heastie or Deon Long to throw to in Morgantown.
- Missed this earlier, but WR A.J. Love tore his ACL during the USF spring game.
- Syracuse coach Doug Marrone has had his share of interpersonal conflicts, but I think Brian Cook's take on their roster attrition goes a little far. That team was Charmin-soft after years of Greg Robinson.
- Lax keeps losing. Baseball was swept for the second weekend series in a row, including a 24-6 loss to Louisville.
- Coach Scott Goodale thinks his wrestling program can generate revenue at Rutgers.
Sunday's NY Daily News takes a look at Piscataway H.S. Coach Dan Higgins. I really think the influence of quality coaching on talent development cannot be understated. If you take a look at recent busts on the college or pro level, a lot of them can probably be attributed to the corrupting influence of a Greg Robinson or Ron Zook.
He can also recount their recruitments, whether it was Davis receiving his first scholarship offer on a napkin from Rutgers or the Scarlet Knights' entire staff walking down the hall in single file to impress Davis.
"Greg Schiano looked like a gunslinger," Higgins says.
Which, by the way, is no longer permitted under NCAA rules thanks to Auburn's abuse of a stretch limo.
Speaking of Higgins, Piscataway and other Middlesex County high schools are poised to lose their freshman football teams thanks to the F.Y. 2011 budget cuts. That really sucks, because these are some of the most pro-Rutgers programs out there.
- Gov. Chris Christie is still on the fence regarding the proposed UMDNJ partitioning.
News and links roundup for 5/4
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