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To an outsider, it would seem like the ultimate reprieve, taking an opponent off the schedule that regularly makes your football program look like a middle-of-the-pack Pop Warner team.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, however, sees Miami's defection from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference differently. He likes that the best team in the country has been a measuring stick, even if the results are lopsided.
Rutgers: Schiano hopes he hasn't seen last of Miami


Football Recruiting

There's standing-in-the-pocket, staring-down-a-half-ton-worth-of-growling-linemen courage. And then there's Mike Teel's brand of courage."Come on," the 17-year old Teel said, breaking into a laugh. "Rutgers isn't that surprising."Maybe not, if you're not the state's best quarterback on the state's best high school team. But if you're Teel - a 6-foot-4, 208-pound vision of a quarterback who just led Don Bosco to an undefeated championship season and who still has a whole fall of enormous passing numbers to further enthrall already-enamored recruiters - and there's Rutgers, still a few wins away from bowlhood and maybe reeling after the ACC's raid of its league's two best teams, maybe committing to Rutgers is a little surprising. At least a little.
North Jersey Media Group


Don Bosco star quarterback Mike Teel's decision to commit to Rutgers could be a sign that the flow of high school football talent to outside of New Jersey may be ready to slow."I can't say that it will influence other people," said teammate Marquise Liverpool. "But he's such a good athlete, such a good football player, that he could affect some decisions."
North Jersey Media Group


All-State quarterback Mike Teel, who guided Don Bosco Prep to an undefeated season and the Parochial Group IV championship a year ago, has made an early commitment to play football at Rutgers University in 2004. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior-to-be completed 117-of-179 passes for 2,159 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. Don Bosco Prep ended 2002 with a 12-0 record and was ranked eighth in the country by USA Today.
Football: Don Bosco Prep quarterback commits to Rutgers - Courier News


Keith Taylor, a relatively unknown wide receiver with tremendous potential from Elizabeth High School, made an early commitment to play football at Rutgers University, beginning in 2004, his high school coach, Jeff Wiener, announced yesterday. "Even though he played last year (catching just 18 passes), he's sort of unknown," Wiener said. "But I know what he can do. He's got tremendous upside."
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Big East

These days, there are two hot questions in college athletics.1) What will the Big East do to fill the void left by the departure of Miami and Virginia Tech?And...2) Will the wounded conference retain its lucrative Bowl Championship Series bid in the process?The answer to the first inquiry is a resounding - who knows?The answer to the second is easier: As long as the Big East has the minimum of eight football-playing schools - no matter what schools they are - it will be a BCS-affiliated conference for at least the next three years.
North Jersey Media Group


The plan had always called for a smooth transition that would allow the University of Connecticut time to grow its football program from a member of the Atlantic 10 conference into a Division 1-A independent and, ultimately, a full-fledged member of the Big East football conference in 2005. But now, it appears, those plans could be expedited.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / UConn an option in Big East for '04


The Big East Conference's combined losses of Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference could go beyond the football field and the Bowl Championship Series and into the television booth.
While most of the focus has been on whether the Big East can retain its automatic bid to a BCS bowl, there is concern about whether the conference will lose television revenue in both the short and long term.
Set may still get adjusted

Now that the first pebble has tumbled down the college football realignment slope, the resulting scramble will resemble the first turn at the Indy 500.
Earlier this week, the Atlantic Coast Conference expanded to 11 when Miami and Virginia Tech accepted invitations. It was an unexpected move on two fronts. First, it was assumed the ACC would expand by three to form a 12-team league in order to secure a championship football game. Secondly, besides Miami, Syracuse and Boston College were the other two schools widely believed to be on the move from the Big East.
The News-Star Online Edition - Monroe


Five midsummer questions on the conference jumble:
1) What is the simple mathematical equation that will help determine the immediate future of the Big East Conference?
SportingNews.com - College Basketball : Five Questions: Where does the Big East go from here?


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With Miami officially added to the Atlantic Coast Conference roster, T.K. Wetherell believes now is the time to tackle another football power."We need to go after Notre Dame, and we need to do it quickly. As far as I'm concerned, it ought to be No. 1 on the agenda," said the Florida State president this week.
SouthBendTribune.com: ACC's recruiting of ND has begun


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