Hooray, wrestling. Rutgers beat a top 10 Virginia Tech team. There are still some tough
gamesmatches left on the schedule though. Wrestling's success is a real credit to the athletic department and everybody involved with the program. It is a great model for turning around the school's other Olympic sports. One thing though: can everybody involved please just agree on one standard poll ranking system instead of just selectively quoting whichever one is the most favorable?
- What's this about the Big East negotiating a new television deal with ESPN? Could there be any connection to the latest round of Villanova football rumors? I'm not familiar with Kevin McGuire, but he deserves a lot of credit for being out in front on this story.
- Rutgers officially filled out the 2011 schedule with North Carolina Central, continuing the recent trend of bringing in a MEAC opponent every year. It's hard to get too upset about the choice of opponent considering that they're about on the level that everyone was expecting. In fact, while people don't usually send me in tips, one reader actually knew about this game a month ago, although I wasn't able to able to corroborate it by finding any information on NC Central's end.
- And with that so go any dreams of scheduling TCU and/or Texas Tech next year. Texas Tech dropping a road game at TCU is pretty crummy, considering that TCU has started to build some recruiting momentum off their Rose Bowl win and looming Big East membership. Not only do they have to replace that home game, but the Mountain West is going to move another one to Boise. Tech is still apparently looking for a road game this year, so that could have been a good opportunity if RU was still scrambling for games. The Rutgers schedule is solidly booked through the next few years though. (This is where I'd mention the news item from Rivals premium again if it were ever publicly reported.)
- The rumor mill at Ohio State has moved away from P.J. Fleck as a candidate to be their next receivers coach.
- Top soccer assistant Charlie Inverso is leaving after a year to take the HC job at Rider. Inverso was seen as a critical hire for Dan Donigan (both had strong ties to Mercer County), who will now need to find a replacement.