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Will Greg Schiano attend Rutgers camp with Ohio State coaches?

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The most successful head coach in Rutgers program history could be making his long-awaited return to the program. Sort of. Greg Schiano, now Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, could potentially be one of the members of the Ohio State coaching staff that makes a visit to New Jersey this summer for a football camp run by Rutgers.

The East Coast Elite Football Camp will be held on June 1 for high school juniors and seniors. Ohio State’s coaching staff will be a special guest for the camp, leading many to suspect Schiano will be one of the star attractions for the Rutgers camp.

It is worth noting Rutgers head coach Chris Ash was previously the defensive coordinator for Ohio State before accepting his first head coaching gig with the Scarlet Knights. Schiano was hired by Ohio State to fill the vacancy on the coaching staff as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. With Ash making it his professional mission to build the Rutgers program using the lessons and strategies learned under Meyer at Ohio State, it seems only natural to invite Urban Meyer and his staff to New Jersey to work a football camp. Not only would this be a tremendous selling point for high school juniors and seniors (thus, potential recruits), but the Rutgers staff can benefit from working alongside Ohio State’s coaching staff, which is among the best in the nation.

Schiano turned a dreadful Rutgers program into a competitive program in the Big East over a span of 11 seasons. During that time, Rutgers played in six bowl games, and won five in a row over a six-year span. In 2006, Schiano coached Rutgers to a No. 12 ranking with a record of 11-2. After a 9-4 season in 2011, Schiano accepted the job with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but a two-year stint in the pros was all Schiano would have before eventually returning to the college game after a two-year break.

Comcast drops Big Ten Network from some out-of-market areas

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Finding something to replace the Michigan spring game on the schedule is suddenly the least of the Big Ten Network’s worries this week. The same could be fans of the conference who live outside the league’s footprint too.

Reports started surfacing Thursday afternoon and evening that cable giant Comcast (who, full disclosure, is the parent company of NBC Universal) had dropped BTN from its lineup in a rather unexpected move given there was no word about any potential carriage battle between the two. As it turns out, this isn’t some wild rumor spreading on social media, the company is indeed dropping BTN from certain packages outside states within the Big Ten footprint.

Straight from the Comcast corporate account:

Markets in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will continue to receive the BTN feed like normal.

While some might worry first about whether or not they’re able to watch a certain game, there is a financial aspect to this news that should not go unnoticed. Comcast pays to carry the Big Ten Network and has a different price they pony up each month for the channel depending on what market it is. The out-of-market price is significantly lower than the in-market price but, when you add it all up over 12 months a year and millions of subscribers, this is still a potentially huge hit worth millions of dollars to the bottom line of BTN and, in turn, the schools themselves.

Needless to say this does not impact other providers such as Time Warner, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon and others but this remains an issue for those who have Comcast and want to watch BTN outside Big Ten territory. Based on the states listed above, even those near Big Ten areas like Maryland fans who live in Northern Virginia or Rutgers alumni in Connecticut could also be facing some changes.

You can still likely get the channel in your area on Comcast but it may now require a change to a different package so if you’re a Buckeye in Oregon or a Wolverine in California, you might want to double-check your channel lineup after today’s news.

Dislocated elbow to keep Rutgers’ leading tackler out of spring game

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Yes, an agitated Mother Nature will allow some teams to play their spring games, although not all of those will be at 100-percent health-wise.

One example of that is Rutgers, with head coach Chris Ash confirming on Wednesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that Trevor Morris will not play in the Scarlet Knights’ spring game because of a dislocated elbow. RU’s spring game is scheduled to be played this coming Saturday.

The good news for all involved is that the injury is expected to sideline the linebacker for a matter of weeks, not months. Such a timeline would allow him to return to football activities well ahead of the start of summer camp in early August, not to mention the start of the 2018 season in early September.

Morris has started 23 of the past 24 games the past two seasons at weakside linebacker. He started all 12 games this past season, leading the Scarlet Knights in tackles — for the second season in a row — with 118. His 9.8 tackles per game were second in the Big Ten and 18th in the nation.

Following the 2017 campaign, the media voted Morris honorable mention all-conference.

Rutgers’ Jawuan Harris suspended by RU’s baseball team

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As it turns out, Jawuan Harris‘ off-field issues aren’t limited to football.

Harris, Rutgers’ leading receiver in 2016, was suspended for the 2017 season opener because of an unspecified violation of team rules.  He is also a two-sport athlete for the Scarlet Knights, and has run into trouble on that side of the athletic ledger as nj.com is reporting that Harris has been suspended by the baseball team.

The suspension will cost Harris a total of eight games — a home game this past Tuesday as well as all seven games of a road trip to Florida.  This is actually Harris’ second suspension while playing the stick-and-ball sport as he was benched for two weeks back in 2016.

In 2016, Harris led the Scarlet Knights in receptions (39) and receiving yards (481). His three receiving touchdowns were second on the team.  Last season as a redshirt sophomore, he moved to defensive back — he started five games at safety — and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.

That might’ve been Harris’ last season with the Scarlet Knights as, if he’s selected high enough in the June Major League Baseball draft, he is expected to embark on a career in professional baseball.

North Carolina confirms hiring of Rutgers CBs coach

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North Carolina’s pilfering of a Big Ten coaching staff is officially official.

The football program confirmed Thursday evening that Henry Baker has been added to Larry Fedora‘s UNC coaching staff. While his specific responsibilities weren’t laid out in the release, it’s expected Baker, who played his college football at Maryland, will serve as the Tar Heels’ cornerbacks coach.

“We are excited to bring Henry to Chapel Hill to join our staff,” a statement from Fedora began. “He adds a unique perspective having both coached and played in the ACC, and I know he will bring great energy to our staff as a coach and as a recruiter. We welcome Henry, Theresa and their three children into the Tar Heel family.”

Baker just completed his first season at Rutgers, where he was in charge of the Scarlet Knights’ corners. Prior to that, he held the same job at FCS Delaware for six seasons.

In the early aughts, Baker was a two-year starting defensive back for the Terrapins before embarking on his coaching career at his alma mater as a recruiting intern.

“I’ve played against UNC and I’ve coached against UNC, and the atmosphere here has always been electric,” Baker said. “To now be in Carolina Blue, this is truly an exciting time for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started.”