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No. 90: Rutgers

Rutgers was able to scale the mountaintop, but the program spent precious little time near its summit. I count mere weeks at the forefront of college football: that the Scarlet Knights got there at all is a testament to the jaw-dropping rebuilding job done by Greg Schiano, but it made last year’s slide – and an unimpressive nine-win 2009, if there is such a thing – painful for a fan base dreaming of planting their flag alongside the nation’s elite. That Rutgers has been lapped by several Big East foes – Connecticut went to the B.C.S. before the Scarlet Knights – stings worse, and even raises a once-unthinkable question: Is Greg Schiano just a builder, or can he get Rutgers to the next level?

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    Random Spring Thoughts: Rutgers

    Using a combination of various computer programs and the Internet — a task nearly beyond my limited computing skills — I selected 25 F.B.S. teams at random. Teams lucky enough to have been randomly selected will be reviewed with several random thoughts as we enter the heart of spring practice. Up next: Rutgers, a team taking everything in perspective.

    Rutgers remains happy for the little things, like the wonderful news that Eric LeGrand, injured making a tackle against Army on Oct. 16, has been discharged from a rehabilitation center in New Jersey and can now undergo outpatient treatment for his spinal cord injury. That’s the type of good news not even a national title can replace, as those who first witnessed LeGrand’s injury, his painful battle through therapy and, earlier this month, the happiness he took in being able to attend Rutgers’ annual pro day can attest.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.