Rutgers, like BC, doesn’t know how to win

Things a Jerseyguy noted this week: The more I watch Rutgers, the more I see Boston College. Here’s why. Good school, competing in a high-profile league with a moderate measure of success, but  nothing great, which means no championships and an attitude of playing not to lose, rather than, no matter what happens, we will win the game.

The Scarlet Knights did it in November when they self destructed in the second half against Louisville, costing Rutgers its first ever (and probably only) BCS bowl berth. And they did it again on Friday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl, blowing a 10-0 lead against Virginia Tech and then losing to the Hokies, 13-10,  in overtime.

It is not a stretch to say that Rutgers could have been 11–1 and preparing for an Orange Bowl bid. Instead they will finish 9-3 with a 3-game losing streak in games that counted the most.

Back in the days when Boston College was a perennial 8 and 9 win team going to bowl games, the Eagles had almost the same profile.


Best kept secret in Boston is what BC hockey coach Jerry York should do later on Saturday or by Sunday, which is to become the winningest coach in college history with his 925th career victory. Either a win over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday or Minnesota on Sunday in the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis. Hopefully, the Eagles will win both games.

York, who has the perfect combination of niceness, competiveness and toughness, has down played the achievement, but the numbers over a 41 year career, do not lie. He is the  best. End of discussion.

Oklahoma and Texas did not generate the kind of headlines that Longhorn coach Mack Brown and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wanted this week as both teams prepared for their bowl games.

Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders and defensive tackle Stacy McGee both were arrested earlier this month.  Saunders will play in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M next week after being arrested on Dec. 2 for possession of marijuana.

McGee will not play and did not make the trip to Dallas after being arrested on a DUI and driving on a suspended license charge.

Brown sent Texas QB Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks home for violation of team rules. San Antonio police are investigating charges of a sexual assault at a hotel in San Antonio, where the Longhorns are preparing to play Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. No charges have been filed, but the inner turmoil which has plagued Texas all season continues…There are good losses in basketball games and there are bad losses in a sport in which the computers and the selection committee for the NCAA tournament look at everything. Providence’s one point loss to Brown on Friday night was a bad loss and was also the second time in three years that the Friars have lost to Brown


Boise State is talking to the Mountain West about coming back into the football fold, while it is still trying to sweeten its deal with the Big East as its July 1, 2013 arrival in the league approaches.

The only problem is that Boise is acting like is Alabama or Texas.  Boise had better be careful. As successful as the Broncos are one 6-6 season away from becoming irrelevant.  The deal Boise has with the Big East may not be what it once was in terms of television money. But the Big East will be an 11 or 12 team league next season, it will conduct a championship game and its champion will get a guaranteed BCS slot.

Winning the Mountain West will not guaranteed a BCS bowl slot next season, unless the Big East dissolves in football. I still can’t see Boise leaving that much money on the table, especially since even an 8-4 or a 7-5 record could still leave Boise with a chance to play in the Orange Bowl next year…The more I think if it, the less impressed I am with the credentials the Catholic 7 group of schools carry with them as they work out the details of their Big East break up from the football schools. I think a league which has Connecticut, Temple, Memphis and Cincinnati is better than anything the Catholic 7 can put together…How long after Oregon’s game against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl will Ducks’ coach Chip Kelly wait before he makes his NFL move? By Monday or Tuesday at the latest, there should be six NFL jobs available.

© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  9 comments for “Rutgers, like BC, doesn’t know how to win

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  2. Guy
    December 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Boise has nothing to worry about. They have a shot at a BCS bowl in 2013. If the Big East football conference can’t rank ahead of a MAC team, Boise has a shot. Heck, they almost got another BCS spot this year.

    Big East football is weak and will only get weaker with more realignment on the horizon.

  3. Thames
    December 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Boise is a primadona. I feel sorry for whatever conference gets stuck with that trashy junior college.

  4. vu97
    December 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

    What people fail to realize is that the old big East basketball, ie..Uconn, Temple, Cinci, Memphis will really only be temporary. When Uconn and Cinci bounce the entire league will be left with Temple (former A-10) and Memphis (former Conf-USA) as their premier programs. This league will be a joke in several years. The C7 with X, Butler, etc.. will be much more dominant. The old big east will fall behind the decimated A-10 in terms of basketball pedigree.

  5. Joe Crum
    December 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Let’s see where UConn, Temple, Memphis and Cincy stand after a few years in a hoops conference that doesn’t include the Catholic 7, ND, Pitt, and Cuse. They should call it Conference Crap. Your man love for UConn and Jimmy is shameful.

  6. CAG
    December 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    i stopped reading when you said, “Good school”

    • Jon
      December 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      BC is trash.

  7. MaroonNGold
    December 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Why insult Rutgers by comparing it to BC?

    At lease Rutgers has an honorable President.

  8. Bob Fetterly
    December 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Great blog Mark. Your info very timely. Comparing Rutgers and BC is right on especially as RU enters new league as BC has failed at. Catholic 7 fan and think that they did what they had to do. Is it possible they go to 10 team league as you point out saving space for uconn and uc for basketball only. They have been quiet recently about split up?

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