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.
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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Greg Schiano speaks in such measured tones, its impossible to detect any inflection in his voice.
Thats why the Rutgers football coach practically had to tell the media how excited he was about installing a new pro-style offense with a West Coast flavor during a press conference that opened spring practice Wednesday.
Schiano says to expect huge changes for Knights in 2003
The Rutgers football team will begin Spring Practice 2003 on Friday, March 28 and will conduct 14 sessions before hosting the Scarlet-White Game and FanFest on Friday, April 25.
I am excited to get started. We are in year three now with these guys and everyone has a good understanding of what is expected of them, Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano said at the Spring Practice 2003 Press Conference today. This is our best off-season as to date in a number of ways.
Spring Practice Set to Begin March 28
Rutgers third year head coach Greg Schiano is a fierce competitor, and its a given that theres nothing he looks forward to more than those three hours on a college football Saturday in the fall when hes guiding the Scarlet Knights on the gridiron.
Its a different type of action that he looks forward to annually every spring. Thats when spring football comes around. For Schiano, its a time of teaching, trying out new ideas, installing new schemes, and re-establishing your teams identity.
Spring 2003 Preview
Gone is the ever-reliable tight end L.J. Smith, stern leadership of linebacker Gary Brackett, and energized and overachieving secondary fixture that was safety Shawn Seabrooks
Several new looks to spring squad
Some growth is obvious. You can see the construction work daily on the multi-million dollar expansion at both ends of the Hale Center, home of Rutgers football. Architects can set their timetables.
The new training room to be ready for the start of preseason camp in August, the new meeting rooms at the south end of the center hopefully ready for the fall season, the giant academic center beyond that to be part of the finished product a year from now.
Schiano sees growth as Year 3 begins
Ryan Hart will apparently have more competition than he expected in his effort to nail down Rutgers' starting quarterback job when spring football practice starts tomorrow.
Head coach Greg Schiano, delivering on a recruiting promise he made, said yesterday that talented junior Chris Baker, who spent last season as a wide receiver, will be part of the mix in the quarterback competition, joining Ted Trump, Anthony Cali and Brian Boland.
Baker enters Rutgers QB mix
1. Can the offensive line improve?
Rutgers ranked last or next to last nationally in rushing, scoring and passing efficiency for many reasons, the biggest being the erratic play of a banged-up offensive line. Three starters (Howard Blackwood, Trohn Carswell and Mike Esposito) are gone from that unit.
5 questions for Rutgers entering spring practice
Spring practice news and notes from Rutgers' 2003 opponents
BUFFALO (at Rutgers, Aug. 30): Injury-riddled in past spring practices, Buffalo has just three players sidelined this year, one of them a starter. The Bulls return 17 starters including their entire offensive backfield. Buffalo brings back 93 percent of its rushing yards and 100 percent of its passing yards
Breaking down Rutgers' 2003 opponents
JUCO transfer Ron Green, expected to be a key part of Rutgers' offensive line in 2003, is close to satisfying the academic requirements he needs to become eligible. Green was supposed to be a part of last year's team. "Ron Green has just a little more left to do and I'm not going to say I'm confident because we've been down the road before and it hasn't happened," coach Greg Schiano said. "But I'm hopeful it's going to get completed and he'll be here in August. I expect him here in August." Green has been training at Rutgers.
Rutgers spring camp scouting report
When its offense failed to show up for most of the game, the Rutgers baseball team turned to its pitching to pull it through for a 3-1 win over a scrappy Fairleigh Dickinson squad yesterday.
The game was called after the eighth inning on account of darkness.
The Scarlet Knights have now won three straight and improve their record to 5-10. The Knights of FDU fall to 1-9 with the loss.
RU pitches past FDU
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Around Big East
All right, Big East. Thumbs to the noses and repeat after me: Na, na, na, na, na.
Oh, sorry. Just anticipating a little vengeful reveling from the conference that is trying to hog the dance floor.
Consider the Sweet 16. Men's or women's, makes no difference. Fact is, you can't swing a croquet mallet around here without running into a Big East team.
Big East taking over at NCAA Tournament
The world of Pitt basketball converges at a most unlikely confluence, where brawn and bully tactics interact with qualities more likely found at an equestrian match. On a team where the defense locks down more opponents than San Quentin, the Panthers present a much more genteel side on offense, displaying more politeness than a British butler and a Mother Teresa-like sense of unselfishness.
Panthers' unselfish approach is no passing fancy
Jim Calhoun had just stepped off the boat from his river tour in San Antonio. It was a little perk for him and his UConn Huskies a couple of days before they meet Texas in a Sweet 16 matchup.
How Sweet it is for Calhoun
Forced to endure bruised egos, severed friendships and, per NCAA rules, an entire season on the sidelines, transfers have it rough. But Miami's Brock Berlin, considered to be the top high school quarterback four years ago, faces an additional challenge at his new school. After deciding in December 2001 to leave Florida, where he failed to win the starting job in his first two seasons, Berlin could have sleepwalked into the starting role at any number of other Division I-A programs that coveted him while he starred at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La. Instead he chose Miami, at which he must now beat out three other blue-chippers to replace Heisman Trophy finalist Ken Dorsey, who was 38-2 as a starter.
Inside College Football
Around the nation
The state of Wisconsin is in a state of euphoria: Cheeseheads rejoice! Never before have two Wisconsin teams reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. On Thursday night the University of Wisconsin takes on Kentucky and Marquette meets Pittsburgh, both games in Minneapolis. The doubleheader in a next-door state offers sweet hope of dual upsets.
Say cheese: Badger state is all smiles
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