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Gathering of Former Players

I was informed by one of my fellow letterwinners that the Football Letterwinners association will be having a picnic at 3:30PM on April 25th prior to the annual Spring Game. As a result, I would like to modify the plans and invite all former football Scarlet Knights to Athlete's Glenn at 3:30PM.

Please spread the word. It would be great to see everyone again.

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A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB:

INVITATION to Scarlet Knights Football Practice!

TOUCHDOWN CLUB DAY-THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2003 at 4:20PM

All Touchdown Club members are invited to "Touchdown Club Day" at Spring Practice on Thursday, April 3rd for the 4:20 PM practice. Touchdown Club members in active standing will be allowed inside the ropes to watch the practice up close. If you are not an active member, you will have the opportunity to join the Touchdown Club at the practice.

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Informational

Please note that we are having problems with our old domain www.rutgersfootball.com. This also effects any e-mail going to Donald "Big Dog" Forbes at BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com. Everyone that needs to e-mail me, please use DForbes@Theinsiders.com.

As a result of the problems, the redirect or access to the URL is no longer working. Please inform anyone who might be having problems.
Thank you!!!

Football

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Women's Basketball

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer was asked how her team matches up with Georgia heading into their NCAA Tournament second-round meeting tonight (7:14 p.m., ESPN2) at the University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum.
“It’s David vs. Goliath. It’s giants vs. the little people,” she said. “We have to find a way to bring them down to our house — the land of the little people.”
Size matters in Rutgers-Georgia matchup

The Rutgers women’s basketball team marched their way into the second round of madness Saturday.
Surprised? You’re not alone. Most basketball fans have oblivious to the season-long success story that is taking place along the banks of the Raritan River in New Brunswick.
Knights’ success this season slips under the radar

The fourth-seeded Rutgers women's basketball team (21-7) will play fifth-seeded Georgia (20-9) Monday, March 24, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff at Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum is at 7:14 p.m., and the game is now going to be shown on ESPN.
Rutgers-Georgia Game to Air on ESPN

Chelsea Newton was itching to get back in. Itching to get something going.
With her team struggling and their second half lead fading, the Rutgers sophomore guard looked in the direction of head coach C. Vivian Stringer, hoping for a vote of confidence. What she got was a look that Newton was all too familiar.
Knights dance into round two

The coach has a name and a hairstyle stolen straight from the script of "Leave It To Beaver," the point guard has pigtails and an immovable smile and the star forward is humble almost to a fault.
This town has seen the worst of college athletics, an ugly scandal that has enveloped the men's basketball program for the past month. But it is also seeing the best, a women's team that has overcome more adversity than anyone will admit to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Rutgers braces for inhospitable Georgia

Rutgers University women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer was asked how her team matches up with Georgia heading into their NCAA Tournament second-round meeting tonight (7:14, ESPN2) at the University of Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum. "It's David vs. Goliath. It's giants vs. the little people," she said. "We have to find a way to bring them down to our house -- the land of the little people."
While refusing to absolutely concede the inside to Georgia, a team that features four marquee post players including 6-foot-5 center Christi Thomas, Stringer acknowledged her need to find other ways to be different.
Quickness vs. size as Rutgers meets Georgia

Men's Basketball

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Around Big East

Spring football practice opens Friday at Syracuse University with the Orangemen coming off their first losing season since 1987.
This is unfamiliar territory for a program that has operated for too long on cruise control. There is an unsettling feeling weighing on a team that finished tied with Temple for next to last in the Big East Conference.
Spring goal: Rebuild defense

Around the nation

Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker has returned to the practice field for the first time since being suspended in October because of a substance-abuse problem.
"It feels great to be on the field again," Smoker said after Saturday's practice. "It's been five months since I've been out on the practice field, so I'm just glad to get back on the field playing the game that I love. It was real important to me to get back on the field with the guys.
Spartans' Smoker returns to practice

Interesting Article

When the football season ends, the competition among college football coaches is actually just beginning.
After the season, college football fans and analysts love to evaluate the recruiting battles taking place all across the country. Obviously recruiting is crucial to the long term success of any program. But while recruiting battles are going on, there is another competition among coaching staffs that has an even bigger effect on next year's won-lost record -- who can develop their players' performance and make the most improvement in their existing teams
Player development key to team's success

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