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.
Clinics and Camps
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The baseball version of the Rutgers Road Show continues this weekend, when the Scarlet Knights play a pair of key BIG EAST doubleheaders with Pittsburgh and Georgetown. Rutgers and Pittsburgh will meet on Friday at 12:00 noon, while the Hoyas await on Sunday.
Rutgers (7-11) has yet to play a home game this season, although it did play two home innings vs. Rider on Wednesday before rain cancelled the rest of the game. Despite the early-season travel and stiff competition, Rutgers is right where it wants to be at this time of the year.
Rutgers Baseball Faces Pivotal Four-Game BIG EAST Stretch
After exorcising a few demons by beating up on Monmouth in Long Branch yesterday, the Rutgers baseball team will travel to the Steel City today for a doubleheader with Big East opponent Pittsburgh, scheduled to begin at noon.
Freshman Jim Jansen's second start of his collegiate career went a lot better than his first, allowing five singles over five innings of work and just one earned run. Jansen was torched for six runs in just an inning and a third in the Scarlet Knights' 9-8 loss to Florida Atlantic over Spring Break.
Knights continue Big East slate
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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With his future plans set, Orlando Kane is a far more relaxed athlete this spring.
So relaxed that the Lawrence High senior and Rutgers football recruit is ready for a big season of track and field.
"Im a lot quicker and stronger from being in the weight room," Kane explained yesterday after he opened his final season with the Cardinals by running to first-place times of 10.8 in the 100, 22.5 in the 200 and 54.1 in the 400 -- all after he won the long jump with a 21-foot, 8-inch leap.
Lawrences Kane stars but Cardinals fall to Nottingham
Chris Taft did not decide to sign with Pitt merely because it represented a chance to play in the Big East. Taft also chose the Panthers because he liked their coaching staff, namely head coach Ben Howland.
Taft, a 6-10 center/forward from Xaverian High in Brooklyn, said he was looking forward to playing for Howland, especially since the coach told him he would help turn him into an NBA player.
Coach's move Pitts for Taft
Around Big East
Marcus Hatten ended his collegiate career with something that always eluded him: a championship.
Hatten scored 22 points and made a key free throw as St. Johns won its record sixth National Invitational Tournament with a 70-67 comeback victory over Big East rival Georgetown in front of 12,406 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
St. Johns takes NIT crown
Grady Reynolds was heading into the locker room, a good half-hour after St. John's had knocked off Big East rival Georgetown, 70-67, to win its sixth NIT championship last night at the Garden.
Storm's NIT title a perfect ending
Pittsburgh interim athletic director Marc Boehm, frustrated and disappointed by former basketball coach Ben Howland's messy departure, promised Thursday not to act too hastily in finding a replacement.
Despite the glowing recommendation he offered for assistant coach Jamie Dixon, who seems certain to be interviewed for the job, Boehm expects to have his pick of high-profile candidates who have won at the Division I level.
Pitt irked by Howland's abrupt exit; will interview Dixon
More than 40 years after he set foot on the Syracuse University campus and walked on to the freshman basketball team, Jim Boeheim is still quite happy being Jim Boeheim. Especially this week.
Boeheim on cusp of fulfilling 40-year dream at Syracuse
Miami's quarterback competition has been narrowed down.
Derrick Crudup and Brock Berlin, both juniors vying to replace three-year starter Ken Dorsey this fall, will work solely with the first team during the team's spring game Saturday at the Orange Bowl.
Freshmen Marc Guillon and Kyle Wright will split time with the second team, coach Larry Coker said Thursday.
Miami's QB race is down to two
Chad Reed was the starting center at Pitt for the past two seasons, and Brian Anderson started at right guard for the past three.
Both players will graduate this month, so finding replacements for them was a top priority for the coaching staff heading into spring drills.
With one week remaining before the end of spring football, offensive line coach Tom Freeman is still searching for answers. While senior Jon Schall appears to have developed at right guard, the center position is likely not going to be settled until training camp in the fall.
Departures, injuries keep Panthers' line in flux
Around the nation
Timing be damned. North Carolina just had to go and remove Matt "Saddam" Doherty I mean everyone's making him out to be the most brutal dictator since the Butcher of Baghdad well, the Tar Heels just had to go and jettison Doherty from Chapel Hill just as Roy Williams is preparing his Kansas Jayhawks for a possible national championship.
Williams may dance this week but will soon settle down Heels
The storefront on East Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing, Mich., is modest. However, the website for the City Rescue Mission practically carnival barks:
Shattered lives! Broken dreams! Ruined hopes! These are things that we deal with on a daily basis ..."
Until Jeff Smoker's work at the homeless shelter, his recovery from substance abuse was mostly a private affair. After becoming a volunteer at the 92-year-old City Rescue Mission, the "comeback" of Michigan State's quarterback became very public, though unpublicized.
Smoker begins long road back to sobriety
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