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When Richard McCormick was inaugurated a week ago as president of Rutgers University, he took responsibility for one of the country's least successful major college athletic programs.
While Rutgers has had some success in sports that generate less revenue, such as women's basketball, soccer and baseball, the university has failed to find a formula for financial success in the sports that count most in intercollegiate athletics -- men's football and basketball.
Rutgers president faces sporting challenge

Rutgers became an all-sport member of the Big East in 1995, more than a decade after it was originally invited to join the conference.

The Scarlet Knights, with their late start, have paid a price on the playing field for spurning that initial offer, but the mounting losses are translating into big bucks.

Rutgers has received $11.748 million in championship and TV revenue sharing from the Big East over the past four years. With a combined 29-72 league record in football and men's basketball, that averages out to $451,879.23 per conference victory. Considering that Rutgers paid a paltry $500,000 entry fee, the decision to join the Big East, albeit a tardy one, turned out to be one of the best bargains in college athletics.
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PISCATAWAY - Ryan Hart said it was just a hit. OK, maybe it was a sack, but that was back in high school, Hart said. Clarence Pittman, Markis Facyson, even offensive lineman Randy Boxill - they all, like Hart, were flattened at some point in high school by William Beckford. The first two, a pair of tailbacks, weren't flattened by anything other than the garden variety stuff-a-run. And Boxill, well he's still a mite bigger than Beckford, so when the Rutgers' linebacker looks across the locker room at his teammates, he doesn't usually bring up history.
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Tight ends were an endangered species in the National Football League as recently as a few seasons ago, as vertical passing games and the emergence of the H-back threatened the once-proud position. But there's been a quiet resurgence in recent years, especially with the Giants' Jeremy Shockey finally putting a name and a face on it with his ground-breaking rookie season. Now L.J. Smith wants a piece of the action.
College football: Rutgers' Smith looks to make it in NFL - Courier News



Theresa Webb believed her third eldest son, Marquis, should continue his basketball career and education at Villanova, not Rutgers. She thought that all along. Ever since the day she saw Marquis start his first varsity game as a freshman at Paterson Catholic. "It's funny because everybody kept telling me Marquis could really play and I just saw him as any other player," she recalled. "But I guess everybody was right."

Marquis could play. The scholarship offers only reinforced that. Several came rolling in, but Theresa Webb just believed Villanova was the school her son should pick. "I had a good relationship with Fred Hill (Villanova's top assistant) and I always liked Villanova," she said. "That was my choice."

But everything changed the first time she met Rutgers coach Gary Waters
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Baseball and Lacrosse

PISCATAWAY -- Sophomore Jack Egbert and junior Shaun Parker turned in outstanding

pitching efforts as Rutgers swept a key Big East baseball doubleheader from Boston College, 4-2 and 7-3 yesterday.

In the opener, Rutgers rebounded from a 2-0 deficit while in the second game a three-run home run in the second inning by Jeff Grose sparked the offense.

Rutgers, which has now won nine of its last 10 conference games, improves to 16-4 overall, 10-3 in league play, while BC is 18-16, 5-7. Rutgers also remains a game back of first-place Notre Dame, which swept a doubleheader from Seton Hall yesterday.
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Will Cutler's unassisted goal with 11:23 left gave Penn State a 7-5 lead and the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions held on for a 7-6 men's lacrosse victory over eighth-ranked Rutgers at Yurcak Field in Piscataway on Saturday.
North Jersey Media Group

Men's lacrosse: No. 18 Penn State trips up No. 8 Rutgers - Courier News


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