Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On The Banks is entirely off base

A couple days ago, I got into a bit of an exchange on twitter with the guy who writes On the Banks, a Rutgers(NJ) blog over at SB Nation.  He's basically of the position that Villanova should be kept out of the Big East at all cost, and even accused the Philadelphia media of smearing RU(NJ) and Pitt over a debacle they helped create (he clearly has no knowledge on how willing the members of the Philly media are to shit on Villanova for personal gain.)  His most recent post on the matter is a call to arms to split the Big East along football lines.

Shortsighted blowhards and Rutgers(NJ) fans who call for a split do so for two reasons
  1. They do not recognize the true implications of a split because of ignorant bravado. 
  2. Pure ignorance and stupidity. 
It's a well established fact that Rutgers(NJ) is not a model of how to run an athletic department in an ethical manner, a perennial powerhouse on the field, or a powerhouse academically, and since Rutgers(NJ) is none of these things, the proselytizing by On the Banks about how Villanova would be a "marginal member" (a favorite term of On the Banks) of the conference for football is completely off base.  The only problem is that people in the mainstream media generally accept them as a fact despite the fact that the school that is arguably Villanova's closest peer institution routinely makes it to bowl games (and wins them).

It kind of makes me wonder if they're just afraid to have another team that will kick their ass.


  1. What is the deal? Why are Pitt and Rutgers so opposed to us moving up? Is is because they are scared they will lose to us? How does Villanova moving up bring harm to those two schools? Also, I don't know where Rutgers gets off acting like they are fucking Notre Dame or something. I obviously could be wrong, but until Ray Rice had his ballin season a few years ago, wasn't Rutgers an afterthought for football?

  2. basically.. schiano's success has followed a bell curve, and they're regressing back to the mean.