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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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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.
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Football

Markis Facyson, one of four tailbacks battling for a starting job, was having a pretty good spring camp for Rutgers. Until yesterday.
The sophomore came up lame after trying to cut a run outside, turning his right knee. Head coach Greg Schiano said he did not know the extent of Facyson's injury, but hopes it's not as serious as linebacker Sal Fama, who tore his ACL over the weekend.
Facyson's injury concerns Rutgers

One of the biggest adjustments Rutgers sophomore Terry Bynes finds himself facing as he makes the switch from linebacker to free safety this spring is his dietary habits.
By linebacker standards, the 6-2, 218-pound Bynes was a bit on the light side. That's why he was encouraged to eat as much as he possibly could to bulk up last year.
Switching positions can weigh heavily on sophomore

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Where are there now?

(Bill) Pickel (former Rutgers star), who led his team in sacks twice and helped the Raiders, then in Los Angles, to a Super Bowl title in 1983, was also driven to coach again, as he had not done since guiding little league baseball and football teams several years before. Although he had a very successful NFL career, Pickel never did forget playing high school football, either. That helped lure him back into the prep ranks as an assistant coach at John Jay High School.
Turning it Around at John Jay

Rutgers last football Big East victory was fueled by an overtime kick by Lee McDonald, which capped an upset victory over Syracuse at Rutgers Stadium.
Where is he now? He earned his masters at Rutgers and is now an Academic Advisor for the Rutgers football team. In addition, he and former Rutgers punter Charlie Titus hold Kicking Clinics around New Jersey. Those who are interested in improving their kicking ability for themselves or their team, please visit the link below:
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Site Information

We have been bringing a lot of articles on-line over the last month. For those who are having problems accessing the archives, please click this link: Story Archive.

Please visit our Message Board. We will provide updates and information. We also like to start some interesting discussion.
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P.O. Box 431
Plainsboro, New Jersey 08536

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TAPE WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Please send HIGHLIGHTS or your best game. WE WILL SELECT THE CLIPS TO BRING ON-LINE.
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Recruit Information

Matt Doherty's resignation Tuesday as North Carolina's head coach apparently has no effect on the recruitment of Paterson Catholic center Darryl Watkins.
"It doesn't affect my decision at all," Watkins said. "I'm curious to see who the next coach could be."
Watkins: Wait and see

Around Big East

Basketball

Ben Howland, who led Pitt to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament last week, was hired as UCLA's coach late last night.
Howland will be formally introduced on the Los Angeles campus today, athletic director Dan Guerrero said.
Howland takes job at UCLA

Ben Howland's unsettled situation at the University of Pittsburgh is causing concern for Chris Taft, a 6-foot-9 forward who was his top recruit in the fall.
But his three other recruits indicated they still plan to play for the Panthers even if Howland decides to become the head coach at UCLA.
Pitt's top recruit wavers, but not other 3

Don't begrudge Ben Howland the opportunity to coach at UCLA. Be happy for him. He resurrected Pitt's stagnant Big East program and transformed the Panthers into a Top 10 team. The best thing that can be said for Pitt these days is that Howland - who went there from Northern Arizona - couldn't get this job now.
The Panthers may get to choose from among Herb Sendek of N.C. State, Skip Prosser of WakeForest, John Calipari of Memphis and possibly Bobby Gonzalez of Manhattan.
This time Pitt can be pickier

The two most aggrieved parties -- Seton Hall and Boston College -- have long since disappeared from the basketball landscape. The Pirates and the Eagles thought they had belonged in the NCAA Tournament and were none too happy to be slumming in the NIT. Each beat a hasty retreat.
Georgetown and St. John's operated under no such delusions of grandeur. Neither belonged in the NCAA Tournament and each was ecstatic about the opportunity to extend its season, no matter the level of competition.
St. John's, Georgetown happy just to be here

Roy Williams thinks Kansas vs. Syracuse for the national title has a nice ring to it. That way, Williams figures, either he or counterpart Jim Boeheim will finally shed the label of being one of the best coaches never to win an NCAA championship.
"If we make it to the final game, at least one guy's going to leave with some of that load off of his shoulders," Williams said Wednesday during a conference call for the Final Four coaches.
Boeheim, Williams get another title shot

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Around the nation

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Interesting Article

While most elite college players prepare for the NFL draft at performance-enhancing training facilities, trying to reduce their 40 times and increase their bench-press reps, Willis McGahee is sweating it out at HealthSouth Doctors' Hospital in Miami. There he is, working out next to Joe and his rebuilt Achilles' tendon, and Marge, the hip-replacement patient.
Is McGahee worth a first-round pick?

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