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Rutgers has been getting rid of many of the major players in its recent videotaped abuse scandal. Coach Mike Rice has been fired, while assistant Jimmy Martelli and athletic director Tim Pernetti have resigned, but Rutgers president Robert Barchi remains. Barchi claimed that he hadn't seen the videotape of Rice pushing, throwing basketballs and cursing at his players until this week, and that he would have recommended Rice's firing if he had. He's characterized the entire situation "a failure of process," but is he part of the problem?

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Though neither school is particularly close to the Midwest, both Maryland and Rutgers have accepted invitations to join the Big Ten conference. Which team is a better fit for the rapidly expanding Big Ten?

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Rushing for 1,000 yards as a college player is noteworthy. Doing it twice puts you in a category all your own. In the Big East, 14 workhorses have achieved such a feat and one-third of them come from West Virginia. Put on your college football thinking caps and see if you can name them all by taking the quiz below.


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It won't be an easy weekend for BCS Cinderellas, even though they're all playing at home. Cincinnati faces No. 25 West Virginia, TCU gets the pressure of GameDay and No. 16 Utah, and Boise State deals with a surprising 7-3 Idaho (and a visiting AD who doesn't like to fly on planes with Broncos markings).

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ESPN.com's college football writers and bloggers will be going conference by conference in the coming weeks to preview the season ahead, and we're looking for your rankings along the way. Things roll on with the Big East, where blogger Brian Bennett's rankings suggest good things for fans in New Jersey and hope for the reloading West Virginia Mountaineers.

1. Rutgers
2. Pittsburgh
3. West Virginia
T-4. Cincinnati
T-4. South Florida
Check out Bennett's complete Big East rankings.

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