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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Yes, star tight end L.J. Smith will be missed, but Rutgers is more concerned about replacing free safety Shawn Seabrooks.
Biggest shoes to fill: Big East
Shagari Alleyne hasn't reneged on his verbal commitment to play basketball at Rutgers despite two published reports claiming just that, the father of the 7-2 center said.
But the New York City star from Rice High School isn't ready to make that commitment binding when the national letter of intent signing period starts today, either.
Rutgers still option as 7-2 Alleyne ponders
Entering his third season, Rutgers coach Gary Waters can compare himself to a couple of Big East peers.
He can point to recently departed Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland, who turned a moribund program around in three years, or to Boston College's Al Skinner, who needed more time to get the Eagles off the ground.
Waters prefers to compare himself to the latter. Skinner went 32-56 in his first three seasons before winning the conference championship with a 27-5 record in 2000-01. Waters will likely need a fifth year to reach that level.
Recruiting class important to Waters' future
With the late basketball signing period beginning today, Rutgers may not get one signature it has been banking on since the early period.
Rice (N.Y.) High School's 7-foot-2 Shagari Alleyne, who orally committed to Rutgers months ago, is not expected to send his national letter of intent to Rutgers any time this week. With her son at a Washington basketball tournament until the weekend, Claudia Alleyne said he is rethinking where to enroll in the fall. She said she did not know which other schools have extended scholarship offers.
Where are there now?
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
Jamie Dixon was certain he would be Pitt's coach even when Skip Prosser clearly was the first choice. Dixon, never a head coach, emerged from a two-week search Tuesday as the new coach of a team he helped transform from a Big East also-ran to a Top 10 power in only four seasons.
Pitt promotes assistant coach Dixon to succeed Howland
Seton Hall will add Emmanuel Messy, a highly regarded 6-7 forward from Ontario, Canada, to a recruiting class that includes Grant Billmeier of St. Patrick's and Jamar Nutter of Seton Hall Prep as Messy is expected to sign a national letter of intent today, the first day of the signing period.
Billmeier and Nutter signed with the Big East school during the November signing period. Billmeier was a Second Team All-State selection after helping St. Patrick's to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title while Nutter earned Third Team honors.
Seton Hall adds a 6-7 forward
Kelvin Smith is a linebacker on the Syracuse University football team, just as his uncle was before graduating to the Tennessee Titans following the 1999 season. Smith said the similarities between him and Keith Bulluck end there ... almost.
The Proving Ground
Around the nation
Roy Williams has already made a huge impact on Tobacco Road.
On the day word leaked out he would become North Carolina's new basketball coach, Duke students celebrated by marketing T-shirts that read, "I agree with Roy Williams" on the front, with Williams' now infamous emotional postgame quote following that 81-78 loss to Syracuse in the NCAA finals - "I don't give a --- about North Carolina." - on the back.
Roy will make Heels toe line
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