Morning Jolt: Rutgers, Big Ten may be perfect match

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Rutgers, Big Ten may be perfect match

Rutgers and, most importantly its New York media market, may be a perfect match for Big 10 expansion. A source inside the league said a report, prepared by the Chicago-based investment firm William Blair & Company, analyzed whether five different schools would add enough revenue to justify expanding the league beyond 11 teams. "The point was: We can all get richer if we bring in the right team or teams," the source said. The five analyzed were Missouri, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Rutgers. The source, though, called those five "the obvious suspects" and cautioned that other universities could earn consideration. (Chicago Tribune)Comment

Bengals' Lewis critical of combine

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis remains critical of the NFL Draft Combine and the process players undergo to impress scouts who have already seen them on film. On Friday on Dan Dakich's show in Indianapolis, Lewis chided those who go through unusual steps of preparing for the combine, saying that the way most go about it is "asinine". The Bengals did show last year, with the selection of Andre Smith, that a disastrous combine won't wreck their chances of being selected. And for that case, neither does the pro day. (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment

Moody Ethier uncertain of production

Don't ask Andre Ethier about the future. In fact, don't ask him anything at all. On whether he expects to be pitched more carefully, given the kind of year he had last year: "No. I don't think so." On whether he saw changes in the way he was pitched to last year as the season progressed: "I have no idea. That's their game plan. If I knew, I'd probably get a lot more hits." (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Must-See Photo

Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday soars through the air to attempt a layup against Orlando's Dwight Howard. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

As he's falling out of bounds, Atlanta's Mo Evans nails a shot from behind the backboard. The Hawks stomped the Bulls, 116-92.

Game To Watch

No. 13 Vanderbilt at Florida, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

  1. Vanderbilt Commodores
  2. Florida Gators

SI Vault: Wilt Chamberlain

This Day in Sports

  • 1874 -- Baseball batter's box is officially adopted.
  • 1927 -- Babe Ruth becomes highest-paid baseball player ($70,000 per year).
  • 1962 -- Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game.
  • 1969 -- Phil Esposito becomes first NHL player to score 100 points in a season.
  • 1989 -- Mets star Darryl Strawberry takes a swing at teammate Keith Hernandez.