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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Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano said there was no real scientific data.
Former fullback and new tight end Ray Pilch said it wasn't anything he could put his finger on.
Center Marty Pyszczymuka said he didn't really need specifics.
Rutgers coach sees plenty of promise
Rick Mantz simply couldn't turn his back on his roots.
After agonizing over a possible career change and temporarily accepting a new position at Rutgers University, Mr. Mantz has decided to remain at Hillsborough High School. The longtime teacher and football coach never officially left the district, although the buzz in town had rumors flying everywhere from hair salons to pizzerias to supermarkets.
"I'm still here," Mr. Mantz said. "I grew up in this town and I played football here. This is my hometown. My kids are here and I live a mile from the high school."
Mantz will remain as football coach
For most coaches at the collegiate level, a 20-win season capped by a trip to the NCAA Tournament usually qualifies as a major achievement. In fact, just the idea of having something to wait for on Selection Sunday is what your average coach dreams about.
But C. Vivian Stringer isn't your average coach.
For giants like Stringer, where you end up is a lot more important than how you get there. And until next year rolls around for the Rutgers women's basketball team, this season will always be plagued by unfinished business.
Stringer reflects on bad finish
If the goal was to win games, life for C. Vivian Stringer on Wednesday would have shined a little more brightly.
If the goal was to win games, well then Stringer's Scarlet Knights did that, going from 9-20 to 21-8 in 12 easy months. Heck, those 21 wins basically matched Stringer's annual average over her three-decade Hall of Fame career. But Wednesday, the diminutive coach grabbed at a tuft of her hair, barked out a half-laugh, and set the record straight.
Stringer not satisfied at all
Frustrated with her team's early departure from the NCAA Tournament and with the way the Rutgers campuses compare to those of other state universities around the nation, C. Vivian Stringer ended her final press conference of the basketball season with some strong words for the wards of the state.
"What is wrong with these state legislators?" Stringer asked a handful of reporters at the Rutgers Athletic Center. "They've got to be out of their God darn mind. It causes me to fire up.
Ticked off Stringer has her say
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The Lawrence High School boys track team still is under construction, with second-year coach Dave O'Neal bringing along a core group of sophomores that make up nearly half the Cardinal roster. There is, however, one athlete capable of achieving glory on a statewide level this season.
Senior sprinter Orlando Kane, the defending Central Jersey Group III 100-meter dash champion, should have a legitimate shot at capturing group and state titles in the 100 and 200.
Kane, who this fall will attend Rutgers University on a football scholarship, placed second in the 200 at the sectional meet and third in the 200 at the Group III championships last season. He then took eighth in the event at the Meet of Champions.
Kane sprinting toward titles
Around Big East
Auburn coach Cliff Ellis is tired of talking about Cinderella and answering the questions of whether his Tigers even belonged in the original field of 65.
But once you get him started, he can't seem to stop himself from spewing the virtues of his underappreciated Tigers, and how they are just as talented and have just as good a chance as any team in Albany this weekend.
Orange wary of hungry Tigers
Not since the days of Al McGuire has Marquette made it this far.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the third-seeded Golden Eagles to a 77-74 victory over second-seeded Pittsburgh last night in the Midwest Regional semifinals at the Metrodome.
Chevon Troutman scored seven of his 15 points in the final 2:56 to lead a furious Panthers rally, but Marquette hung on as Pittsburgh was eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight season.
Marquette slips past Pittsburgh
The Syracuse University basketball team has the floor. The football team has the ground.
Amidst the hoopla of the NCAA East Regional basketball tournament in Albany, the football Orangemen open spring practice today with a goal of rebuilding
SU road to recovery begins with evaluations
Corey Humphries was the heir apparent to Ramon Walker for the starting free safety position before spring practice last year, but a knee ligament was torn while he was making a tackle in a scrimmage.
The injury forced him to spend the summer rehabilitating his knee instead of preparing to play football. But he was motivated to return before the season ended. He had already used his redshirt year, so missing the season would mean he would lose a year of eligibility.
Injured safety reviving career
Around the nation
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of New York City, is interested in returning home to rescue the struggling Columbia basketball program that bottomed out with a 2-25 record this year.
Abdul-Jabbar, here as an analyst for CBS on tonight's broadcast of the South Region semifinals, confirmed he interviewed with Columbia officials earlier this week, but declined further comment on the Lions' job. However, he did say he has a strong interest in returning to work in New York.
Kareem would leap at Lion job
New Jersey City, claiming it can no longer afford its football program because of state budget cuts, yesterday announced the elimination of the sport.
According to Alene Graham, vice president for student affairs at the college, the football program costs approximately $200,000 to run annually. The university was looking at an additional $300,000 in annual costs because Fries Hall, where the locker room is located, is scheduled to be renovated and turned into classrooms. The extra money would have been targeted for temporary locker rooms.
New Jersey City decides to eliminate football team
In the improbable event that major college athletics is someday saved by academic reform, history will recall that the revolution was born in Yonkers, or at least in the mind's eye of a Yonkers boy who watched his old man weep. Richard Lapchick once entered a room inside his Wendover Road home to find the head basketball coach of St. John's, the most wonderful person he'd ever met, crying over a fraud that had been perpetrated on his Hall-of-Fame watch. Joe Lapchick had returned to St. John's after 10 years of coaching the Knicks, returned to find that his cherished student-athletes had spent the better part of two decades neglecting to attend class. Lapchick was 6-5, a man's man, a good ballplayer, tough coach and devoted father who never let anyone see him sweat, never mind sob.
Disgraceful graduation rates cry out for reform
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