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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 letterwinners to Athlete's Glenn at 3:30PM.

Please note to cover the refreshments, there will be a $10 admission fee to the Letterwinners' picnic.

Please spread the word. It would be great to see everyone again.

Clinics and Camps

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Football

The seconds are ticking away for Greg Schiano, who introduced himself as Rutgers University's new head football coach a little more than two years ago, proclaiming "It's Time!"
Schiano wrapped up spring practice with a press conference yesterday, claiming that the Scarlet Knights enter their third year under his direction "in a race against the clock."
That appears to be his theme for 2003.
Schiano believes time is Rutgers' biggest opponent

Spring Practice 2003 for the Rutgers football team will culminate this Friday night when its hosts the annual Scarlet-White Game at Rutgers Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30.
“It has been a very productive spring, and relatively injury free,” said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. “It has been a step in the right direction and hopefully we can continue on the marathon towards success.”
The Scarlet Knights will play an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday night. Although personnel for the teams is still being finalized, it promises to be a spirited evening of competition.
Fan Fest and Scarlet-White Spring Game Set for Friday

He came to Rutgers in December 2000 with loads of assistant coaching experience and a simple slogan: It's time.
But now that very asset appears to be the enemy.
"Our biggest opponent right now is time," an upbeat Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said yesterday. "Are we going to be able to get good enough fast enough?"
Scarlet-White contest signals end of spring

Duh, Craig Ver Steeg would've answered.
If his face didn't say it so plainly.
Ver Steeg is Rutgers' new offensive coordinator, the new leader of an offense that failed to produce any offense a year ago. He's given Rutgers a new offense, so there's got to be some sort of pressure to prove his will be an improvement. Right? "There's pressure," he said, "because to win games, you have to score."
RU loves new offense

The only answer is patience. And nothing is in shorter supply.
Think Rutgers football fans are itchy to turn the corner, to get the ignominy of year after year of losing out of their system? Their anxiety can't compare to that of coach Greg Schiano as he gets ready for his third spring squad game here tomorrow night.
"Our biggest opponent is time," Schiano said yesterday as he reviewed four weeks of drills. "The question is, are we gonna get good enough fast enough?"
Schiano optimistic over spring drills

Greg Schiano is ready to give his place-kickers a boot. While the Rutgers football coach is confident that Mike Cortese will be handling kickoffs, he has no idea whether Ryan Sands, Justin Musiek or Cortese will wind up kicking field goals.
Rutgers notebook

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Men's Basketball

Rutgers' search for the big man it desperately needs will start with a former high school teammate of Syracuse freshman phenom Carmelo Anthony.
Byron Joynes, a 6-9, 300-pound center from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., will make an official visit to Rutgers this weekend, according to someone close to the Knights' basketball program.
Joynes, a wide-body type, played with Anthony and Keith Jenifer (currently at the University of Virginia) at Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore before spending last year prepping at powerhouse Oak Hill.
Big recruit visiting RU this weekend

Baseball

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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.

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Around Big East

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The football ambitions of the Atlantic Coast Conference are once again threatening to tear apart the Big East Conference.
For the third time in the last decade, the ACC is talking with Miami, the signature football team in the Big East and the paper clip that holds the league together.
What if ACC woos Miami?

Marc Boehm, Pitt's interim athletic director, said the Big East Conference is on "rock-solid footing" and that "there's nothing substantial" to reports the Atlantic Coast Conference is trying to lure several Big East schools.
In the latest development, the Miami Herald reported that Miami would consider leaving the Big East if another school, possibly Syracuse or Boston College, also moved. If those schools decided not to move, the Herald said the ACC might go after Pitt and Virginia Tech.
Boehm downplays reports of ACC raid

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Football

This isn't one of those good news/bad news type of deals. Marcus Vick -- baby brother of you-know-who -- actually might be even a little better than Virginia Tech coaches hoped. Although, as impressive as Vick has been this spring, he still might not start the season as the Hokies' starting QB. The reason? Bryan Randall, who came off a stellar year in his own right, has taken a few giant steps of his own.
Randall's main flaw coming into the spring was taking care of the football (despite completing 64 percent of his passes, his TD:INT ratio was a suspect 12:11), but Tech QB coach Kevin Rogers says the 6-foot-1 junior didn't throw a single pick in any of the Hokies' scrimmages or skeleton drills and has really taken his game to another level.
Vick or Randall? Too close for Hokies to call

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Around the nation

Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther can cross Marquette coach Tom Crean off his list of candidates to replace Bill Self, but naming other potential hires is purely a matter of conjecture because Guenther won't comment. Crean accepted a long-term extension with the Golden Eagles Tuesday.
Other candidates mentioned in numerous published reports are Southern Illinois' Bruce Weber, Xavier's Thad Matta, California's Ben Braun, Stanford's Mike Montgomery, Oregon's Ernie Kent and Creighton's Dana Altman.
Illinois' search takes turn as Crean resigns with Marquette

Interesting Article

The news about the Bowl Championship Series this year is there is no news. The oft-tweaked, oft-controversial BCS formula, entering its sixth year, will not be changed, said chairman Mike Tranghese while at the BCS's annual three-day business meeting, which concludes Thursday in Phoenix.
BCS won't doctor with current formula

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