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Newport, R.I. -- A Big East official told me Monday the league has no plans to add Army or Navy as members.
The New York Post reported Monday the Big East explored the possibility of adding the Black Knights and Midshipmen as pseudo-members, in which the service academies would play four current league schools in rotating seasons. Army and Navy both play college football as independents.
The Big East official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the league "had discussions with Army and Navy several months ago, but there are currently no plans to move forward."
I played 18 holes with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano at Newport National Golf Club on Monday. It was only Schiano's second round of the year. Scarlet Knights fans must be happy to know their coach isn't spending all of his time on the golf course. Schiano said the first round was played in Mexico during the spring.
During a Nike junket for coaches, Schiano learned that Fresno State was looking for an opponent this coming season because Kansas State pulled out of a game. The Scarlet Knights were still searching for an opponent and it couldn't be a Division I-AA school. During the golf tournament, Schiano and Fresno State's Pat Hill agreed to play a Sept. 1 game at Rutgers Stadium.
Schiano called this year's Fresno State team "its best team in 15 years."
Schiano said running back Kordell Young, who missed the 2007 season with a knee injury, is on pace to be ready for the start of next week's preseason camp. Schiano raved about freshman running back Jourdan Brooks, a 6-foot-1, 255-pounder. Schiano said he envisions Young and Mason Robinson carrying most of Ray Rice's load until Brooks becomes comfortable in the Rutgers offense. Schiano said he might use as many as three running backs to replace Ray Rice's 2,000-plus yards from a year ago.