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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.

Clinics and Camps

Welcome to Jersey Kicking, your source for quality kicking, punting, snapping and holding instruction! Our #1 goal at Jersey Kicking is to give every athlete a sound understanding of key kicking, punting, snapping or holding principles. We accomplish this by breaking down each step required for a successful kick, punt, snap or hold. Then, with the help of our professional staff, you will build your own individualized technique to maximize your ability.
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Football

Sometime Saturday afternoon, with L.J. Smith sitting in his mother's living room in Highland Park, N.J., his life will change.
The NFL draft starts at noon that day in the Garden, and Smith, a 22-year-old tight end from Rutgers, is a likely high-round pick.
FROM RUTGERS TO NFL

Women's Basketball

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Men's Basketball

The conference call lasted less than 10 minutes, but that was more than enough time for Rutgers coach Gary Waters to address a player transfer, a major injury to a potential starter, and rumors regarding his own future.
Scarlet Knights caught in a shuffle

Rutgers men’s basketball coach Gary Waters announced yesterdaythat sophomore forward Jason McCoy would be leaving the team, but that bothsophomore guard Juel Wiggan and junior forward Sean Axani would be returningfor next season.
McCoy leaving, but Wiggan and Axani staying at Rutgers


Rutgers University head men’s basketball Gary Waters announced today that Sean Axani (Red Bank, NJ) has elected to return to the Scarlet Knight men’s basketball team for a fifth season in 2003-04. Waters also announced that Jason McCoy (Houston, TX) has decided to transfer.
Axani is presently a senior academically but competed as a junior this past season. The 6-8, 235-pound Axani suffered a fractured bone in his foot as a true freshman and sat out the 1999-2000 season, and is eligible to return to compete in the 2003-04 season as a fifth-year senior.
Axani to Return, McCoy to Transfer

Let the basketball rumor mill recycle his name all it wants again. Rutgers coach Gary Waters says his focus is solely on righting the program he took over two years ago in Piscataway.
Three weeks after seeing his name surface for an opening at Dayton he was never remotely interested in, Waters has been mentioned in published reports as a possible candidate to replace Bill Self at Illinois. But Waters, despite his strong Midwestern roots, says he's content at Rutgers.
Waters reaffirms commitment

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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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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.
Message Board

For those high school players who would like to get their tapes on-line, you can mail your tape to:

Mike and the Big Dog LLC
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.
NOT ALL TAPES WILL BE BROUGHT ON-LINE.

Recruit Information

Cardinal O'Hara football standout Anthony Heygood said he was not surprised when a scholarship offer came from West Virginia.
However, the fleet-footed running back said offers from Boston College and Wisconsin "came of out the blue."
"I didn't even know those schools were really interested in me," said Heygood, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior and one of the area's most coveted football recruits.
College offers are pouring in for O'Hara tailback Heygood

Around Big East

Basketball

Highly regarded freshman cornerback Larry McClain has left the Syracuse University football team and returned to his home in Maryland.
Syracuse head football coach Paul Pasqualoni said McClain had been practicing with the Orangemen this spring. He said McClain faced pressing personal problems at home that did not allow him to stay.
Frosh cornerback leaves Syracuse

Syracuse University defensive tackle Brian Hooper of Auburn has been declared medically ineligible to participate in football after suffering a concussion in spring practice.
Hooper's career with the Orangemen is over.
SU loses Auburn's Hooper

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Baseball

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Around the nation

Charlie Villanueva was planning to play for Bill Self at Illinois next year, if he didn't go into the NBA draft. Villanueva gave the school a verbal commitment, but did not sign the national letter of intent. Since Self signed a five-year contract yesterday to coach at Kansas, Villanueva feels like he made the right move.
"I didn't sign the letter, because stuff like this happens and I wanted to be able to make my own decision," said the 6-10 Villanueva. "I am just going to wait and see what happens, see who is the next coach at Illinois."
Local Illinois recruit faces tough decision

Interesting Article

Wesley Britt won't be posing for Playboy, after all. Alabama's massive offensive lineman was one of 22 players nationwide selected to the magazine's preseason All-America team. He declined the offer and the invitation to fly to California and appear with the other players in the men's magazine.
Alabama's Britt refuses 'Playboy' honor

Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: dforbes@theinsiders.com
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