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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Rutgers sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named an honorable-mention All-American by the Associated Press, the group has announced.
Pondexter, a 5-9 guard, led RU with 18.3 points and 4.9 assists per game during her rookie campaign, adding 5.1 rebounds per contest to rank second for the Scarlet Knights. The 2003 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, she also was the first rookie in conference history to earn a spot on the All-First Team. One of 12 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the top point guard in Division I womens basketball, Pondexter scored in double-digits in 27 of Rutgers 29 games, scoring 20 or more on 14 occasions and 30 or more twice. A member of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team, she helped Rutgers engineer the most dramatic turnaround in Division I, improving from 9-20 (.310) during the 2001-2002 season to 21-8 (.724) this season, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Pondexter Named AP All-American
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
The Rutgers University baseball team used some late-game, opportunistic scoring to sweep a BIG EAST doubleheader from Georgetown today at Shirley Povich Field. In the opener, Rutgers plated six runs in the final inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Matt Wolski (Hamilton, NJ) and a two-run blast by Steve Normane (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) to break a 1-1 tie and win, 7-3, while in the second game, RU scored seven eighth-inning runs to erase a 5-2 deficit on its way to a 12-7 win. With the sweep, Rutgers is now 10-12 overall and 4-2 in BIG EAST action.
RU Baseball Takes Doubleheader from Georgetown
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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Around Big East
A near miss here, a bad bounce there. Just like Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams knows what it's like to come up short of a dream.
"Jim's a much, much better long-iron player than I am - much more consistent," Williams said, his eyes glazing over, his mind wandering to a different time and place.
Boeheim, Williams Seek First Hoops Title
John Calipari sits on a couch in his hotel room high above the streets where the buzz among college basketball people is that he is in line to become the next coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Calipari is the highest-profile coach linked to the Pitt job that became vacant when Ben Howland quit this week to return home and take his "dream job" at UCLA.
Chance to go home appeals to Calipari
There was Michael Jordan's game-winning shot in the 1982 national championship game. And the Most Outstanding Player performance by Louisville's "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison in 1986. Six years later, Michigan's Fab Five broke all the rules in their first year together.
But the greatest performance by a freshman in the history of the Final Four?
Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony may be halfway toward it already.
Syracuse's Anthony having a Final Four for the ages
Miami coach Larry Coker will wait until the fall to pick the Hurricanes' starting quarterback.
Derrick Crudup and Brock Berlin had good performances in the team's spring game Saturday at the Orange Bowl. Crudup completed his first seven passes, led the Hurricanes to two scores and looked like he might pull away from Berlin in the race to replace Ken Dorsey.
Coker will decide between Berlin, Crudup in fall
Pitt had been lucky to avoid major injuries throughout spring drills.
But its luck might have run out yesterday when senior starting defensive end Claude Harriott was injured in the Panthers' weekly scrimmage at the UPMC training complex on the South Side.
Harriott 1st big injury of spring
Around the nation
The country club is closed.
When Ben Howland walked into the UCLA locker room Thursday at 10 a.m. PST, every player on the team was seated in a perfect semi-circle. Their heads were raised and their eyes were locked on the new coach.
No Gentle Ben: Bruins expect Howland to be tougher than Lavin
As he sank into a seat inside his first-floor apartment in the Burt Reynolds Complex, Nick Menacof said he had not heard the rumors that a prominent member of the Florida State football team had been involved in gambling. Mr. Nick, as the players affectionately call him, supervises the unofficial FSU jock dorm that houses all the Seminoles' first- and second-year football players as well as the team managers. While the player in question, quarterback Adrian McPherson, lived in Reynolds, no one had told Menacof to keep his eyes and ears open for betting activity.
How much did FSU know about its QB's alleged betting?
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