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Rutgers scandal enters political politicking stage, because politics
It was only a matter of time before this happened, but the Rutgers situation has now officially become a full-out political debating point for no reason at all other than to serve as a political debate. New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) said on Tuesday he has “absolute confidence” in Rutgers president Robert Barchi. Barchi has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism for his handling and management of Rutgers following the removal of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice and athletics director Tim Pernetti following an issue concerning abuse of players. Rutgers is also being slammed for their appointment of new athletics director Julie Hermann, the first woman to serve as AD in the Big Ten (Rutgers joins the Big Ten in 2014). Hermann herself has a checkered past with cases of possible abuse, which for some reason was not picked up by those handling the search for a new AD at Rutgers.
Senator Barbara Buono (D) is expected to be the top candidate opposing Christie in the race for New Jersey governor, and she is standing firmly opposed to the leadership of Barchi at Rutgers, which makes this whole situation now a political game. More on this story here.
Grand Valley State national championship QB found deadA sad end to an unfortunate story from the land of division two football. On the day Grand Valley State football players boarded a bus to go help search for former quarterback Cullen Finnerty, the three-time national championship quarterback was found dead in the woods not too far from where he was last known to be fishing on Sunday. Having led the Lakers to national championships in 2003, 2005 and 2006, Finnerty was clearly one of the greats to play Division 2 football.
Pac 12 Championship Game on ESPN and more TV times
All but three Pac 12 teams will appear on ESPN networks this fall, as of now. They are Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Also, the conference championship game officially moves from FOX to ESPN this fall. More info.
SEC coaches vote in favor of 8-game conference schedules
Much to the dismay of Alabama’s Nick Saban, the SEC football coaches have voted in favor of keeping eight-game conference schedules, 13-1. Saban was the only coach in favor of expanding to nine conference games, which led to this reaction from Paul Finebaum…
Don’t be surprised if Saban doesn’t push now for a 13-game SEC sked so he can whip every other coach who voted him down.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 29, 2013
Western Michigan ready to Row The Boat
Western Michigan has a new video series published on YouTube with head coach P.J. Fleck. The first episode, roughly nine minutes long, is pretty interesting with the new head coach talking about changing the culture and getting everyone on board with his new motivational tool, a boat. Good stuff from Western Michigan…