Fearless Leader starts the column from SI's Stuart Mendel. He looks at population growth and says that B1G expansion isn't (only) about TV dollars, but about population trends too:
EDITED TITLE for easy visibility of Brian getting the article lead.
Rutgers AD Julie Hermann wants to create a "Disney World experience" at games. She is clearly trying to outdo David Brandon in marketing (and distorting) college football for the masses. She sees the key to Rutgers' success as more content produced on the website. You know... because when you have more Java applets, you get better recruits and win more games... /s In addition, she wants to create a "Rutgers channel" so you can see her antics 24/7... and to pull content AWAY from the B1G network... I'm sure Delaney is going to love that.
In addition, she is so annoying to listen too because she copies one-liners like "It takes a village" (a la Hillary) and Rutgers markets these fundraising events as part of their "R Big Tour". This is in addition to paying for huge billboards on numerous highways throughout the state with "WE R B1G".... [I bet they also paid some consultant money for that stroke of ingenuity and he basically copied the logo from Toys 'R Us...] It's hard not to be embarrassed for their roll-out, especially considering that they are trying to sell themselves as the "media-savvy" school of the B1G.
Update from earlier this week:
Rutgers transfer QB Philip Nelson has been dismissed from the program following his assault on another football player, who has sustained permanent brain damage and is fighting for his life. Assault charges are pending.
Rutgers transfer QB Philip Nelson (Minnesota) was arrested for kicking a guy in the head until he was completely unresponsive. Victim now in critical condition. Victim was a former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad. Nelson was also tagged for underage consumption of alcohol.
Big Ten Network announces that the Michigan-Rutgers game will be one of its primetime games this year with a 7 PM kickoff on October 4th.
As a Jersey alum, I'm pretty pumped.
Julie Hermann, Rutgers' AD, spoke to a journalism class last week and chastised the Newark Star-Ledger, saying it would be "great" if the entire newspaper went under. Again, she said this in a journalism class.
Can you imagine if DB went into one of John U Bacon's classes and said he wished the Freep or Detroit News would just shut down and everyone lost their jobs? Pretty ridiculous.
Forget, for a minute, what you think about the newspaper. It doesn’t matter if you think its Rutgers’ coverage stinks, or its news coverage is biased, or if its columnists are too smug for their own good.
What matters is this: The Star-Ledger employs a lot of people. And if the Rutgers athletic director thinks it would be great if it closed down, then she relishes the idea of seeing those people lose their livelihood, their benefits and maybe more.