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Nominations are now being accepted for the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003.
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One year after playing in just two games due to a back injury, Matt Wolski (Hamilton, NJ) has rebounded to hit over .400 this season, earning 2003 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division I Player of the Year honors. He is the first RU player to win Player of the Year honors since Billy McCarthy in 2001 and joins recent honorees Darren Fenster (2000) and Pete Zoccolillo (1999). In addition, 12 other Scarlet Knights earned spots on the NJCBA First, Second and Rookie All-State teams.
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"We have been monitoring the news surrounding the ACC and expansion. I will take John Swofford at his word that the ACC Presidents have not formally voted. I will also take Paul Dee at his word that Miami intends to take its time in reviewing its options.

Even though the Atlantic Coast Conference expects the University of Miami to become a member, Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese said Wednesday he will make a strong effort to keep the Hurricanes from leaving his conference.
Tranghese's remarks were among several developments a day after the ACC voted 7-2 to expand from nine members to 12.
Big East not ready for UM to join ACC

While Miami awaits an invitation from the Atlantic Coast Conference, school officials are prepared to have the Big East whisper sweet words of courtship into their ears.
As ACC officials work out details needed to lure the Hurricanes, UM officials intend to listen to a counterproposal from Big East Commissioner Michael Tranghese at the conference's annual spring meetings that begin Saturday in Ponte Vedra.
UM awaits Big East's proposal

The Big East Conference will begin its annual spring meetings Saturday in Ponte Vedra, Fla., and officials are scrambling to put together a proposal that will preserve the conference's football prestige.
Those efforts appear to be a moot point unless conference officials can convince Miami that jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference is not in its best interest.
Big East hoping to stay together

The same financial concerns driving the University of Miami's dalliance with the Atlantic Coast Conference are present at Syracuse University, too.
The Hurricanes are talking about leaving the Big East Conference, primarily because of money. The ACC is telling Miami potential riches await the Hurricanes in an expanded 12-team league.
SU stressed by money game

Three days before the start of what could be the most contentious and critical spring meetings in the history of the Big East Conference, commissioner Mike Tranghese ended his month of self-imposed silence.
Tranghese spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time in a month. He said the Big East is dealing with "a crisis" and that he will fight to keep his league together.
Tranghese vows to fight to avoid switch

In his first public statements since calling Atlantic Coast Conference officials "hypocrites" and claiming that they "operate in the dark," Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese vowed to stabilize his league, which includes Rutgers and Seton Hall universities.
"I am anxious to meet with our conference members in Florida and am prepared to do whatever it takes to preserve the 24-year history of the Big East," said Tranghese, referring to this weekend's annual meeting of conference athletic directors in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Tranghese vows to 'preserve' Big East

Jim Boeheim is a self-described "status quo guy," so it stands to reason that the Syracuse basketball coach is less than thrilled about a possible move from the Big East Conference to the ACC.
"I don't like change too much," Boeheim said Wednesday. "I think this change could be bad. What we have is pretty good. What's going to happen in the next couple of weeks will probably change the landscape of Eastern seaboard football and basketball radically."
Boeheim is unhappy

The Atlantic Coast Conference finally pulled the trigger on expansion Tuesday. But even so, there still seem to be questions about whether that will mean the death of the Big East Conference.
First, the ACC hasn’t come to a consensus about which three Big East teams to invite. Second, reports indicate that Miami, the ACC’s primary target, has said it will give the Big East every chance to come up with a proposal to keep the Hurricanes where they are.
ACC votes, and now we wait

West Virginia University associate athletic director Russ Sharp shuffled papers a little after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Stuffed in room 204 at the Coliseum, he was poring over figures that translate into dollars for the Mountaineer athletic department.
And, according to those figures, if the Big East dissolves, West Virginia will be financially crippled.
No big bucks if no Big East

He lashed out angry words a month ago, calling ACC officials "a bunch of hypocrites." Now, after weeks of staying mum, Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese issued fighting words.
"I ... am prepared to do whatever it takes to preserve the 24-year history of the Big East Conference," Tranghese said in a statement.
Big East will fight for Miami

Four years after forcefully declaring its football independence, Notre Dame is confronting the possibility that the fallout of proposed Atlantic Coast Conference expansion could soon lead the school to reconsider its unique status.
Irish may rethink conference

Yesterday, the Big East Conference was in the business of trying to stay in business, the day after the Atlantic Coast Conference voted to expand from nine to 12 schools by inviting Miami and two other Big East schools to join.
Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese vowed yesterday "to do whatever it takes" to preserve the conference. According to a Big East source, the conference is expected to make a financial proposal to Miami during its annual meeting this weekend in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
"Our football schools will be willing to do some things financially to make it work, some preferential treatment on revenue sharing," the source said.
Big East's Tranghese vows 'whatever it takes'

The scrambling required by Big East officials now might be beyond anything Donovan McNabb was capable of in his leaner, more elusive days at Syracuse.
Think about it. With Miami’s departure to the Atlantic Coast Conference, along with a two-school tag team expected to emerge from Boston College, Connecticut, Virginia Tech or McNabb’s old stomping grounds, the conference is staring at imminent peril in football.
Either that or Rutgers’ mercurial rise to "respectability."
Big East on the road to bargain basement

The big business of college athletics has never been bigger than it is right now in Virginia, and supporters of Virginia Tech can only hope its boardroom negotiators are as convincing as the Hokies' football coaches.
Confirmation that the Atlantic Coast Conference will try to add three teams from the Big East Conference put the Hokie Nation on notice that its athletic fate could rest on inclusion.
Fearing 'The Snub'

When the Big East was formed 24 years ago, it was essentially a basketball league with a small football presence centered on Syracuse and Boston College. Eventually, the league expanded its membership to include Miami, and its football profile changed dramatically.
Those three schools appear to be at the center of what could turn into the Big East's ultimate demise.
With Tuesday's announcement that the presidents and chancellors of the nine Atlantic Coast Conference schools voted 7-2 to push forward with expansion, it appears that Miami is a formal invitation away from leaving the Big East. That is expected to happen within weeks, if not sooner.
ACC expansion could spell end of Big East

Unlike past spring meetings of the Big East Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the most important negotiations at the gathering that begins Saturday won't take place on the first tee. This year, it's serious.
For the first time since commissioner Mike Tranghese forced the Atlantic Coast Conference's wooing of Miami out into the open, Big East athletic directors will meet and hear from their colleague in Coral Gables, Paul Dee.
The Big East plots its next move

The Atlantic Coast Conference has decided to expand for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost the ACC wants to broaden its image.
The ACC is identified by most college sports fans as a basketball league, with Duke and North Carolina on Tobacco Road and Maryland a little further north, and this is clearly a move to strengthen the conference from a football standpoint.
ACC expansion about more than just money

Four years after forcefully declaring its football independence, Notre Dame is confronting the possibility the fallout of proposed Atlantic Coast Conference expansion could soon lead the school to reconsider its unique status.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford confirmed Wednesday that its presidents voted 7-2 to expand. But he did not say which two schools from among Syracuse, Boston College and Virginia Tech would be invited along with Miami (Fla.) to leave the Big East.
Notre Dame might rethink its conference standing

In response to the Atlantic Coast Conference voting this week to expand its number of schools to 12, the Big Ten will discuss that same topic at the conference meetings, which begin today in Chicago.
Expansion isn't on the Big Ten's official agenda, but it's bound to come up.
Big Ten to discuss expansion

Despite interviewing another candidate with ties to the Big Ten Conference, the University of Pittsburgh could be focusing its search for a new athletic director on a person who is connected to college football's elite bowl system.
Keith Tribble, chief executive officer of the Orange Bowl Committee and one of the people responsible for the formation of the Bowl Championship Series, already has had two interviews with Pitt administrators and apparently has emerged as one of the leading candidates to replace Steve Pederson.
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The Atlantic Coast Conference has decided to disband a three-year agreement in which it shared basketball officials with the Southeastern Conference, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday.
Swofford said that he and SEC commissioner Mike Slive agreed that each conference would monitor its own officials beginning with the 2003-04 season.
Leagues to have separate officials

Academic leaders warned Wednesday that a push to expand the Atlantic Coast Conference could erode scholarly values and end the ACC's classy reputation as a close family of high-minded universities.
"This decision means it has become a follower of money," former UNC President William Friday said.
In an informal 7-2 vote Tuesday by its campus presidents and chancellors, the nine-member ACC began moving toward expansion to 12 schools. League leaders were expected to invite the University of Miami and two other schools to leave the Big East Conference for the ACC.
Some fret about ACC expansion

The ACC has officially voted to expand to 12 teams. That's the easy part. Now, the difficult decision: figuring how to split the 12 teams into two divisions.
Let the hand-wringing, back-stabbing and deal-making begin. Here's a suggestion for ACC commish John Swofford: Make a decision based on economics and the future prosperity of the league, and don't worry about the whiny old guard (read: basketball schools) who still can't comprehend that the conference is now officially a football league.
Pickin' and Grinnin': Divvying up the new ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which voted for expansion and has issued an invitation to Miami, hopes to convince the Hurricanes and two other schools to jump from the Big East with promises of a lucrative football playoff game and TV contract and hopes of a larger share of bowl money.
The two other schools are Syracuse and Boston College.
Big East, Miami to talk first

With the ACC voting to expand by three teams, the landscape in college football may be changing. While there are more questions than answers right now, here's a look at just a few of the possible fallout scenarios.
Conference call: A game of survive and advance

Greg Paulus, a sophomore at Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.), is being courted for football and basketball by schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East.
When he learned the ACC presidents voted to add three members, he was shocked. Big East schools Miami, Syracuse, Boston College and Virginia Tech have been mentioned as possible additions.
Conference shake-up would bring major recruiting implications

Question: If Miami joins the ACC, could it play Florida State for the ACC title?
Answer: Not necessarily. One scenario has the two schools in the same division so they can continue to play early in the season and not meet in the conference title game, which would give them both a better shot at BCS bowls. In other words, the ACC would set things up so its top two football schools would never meet for the title. There's more potential revenue that way.
Q: What about the basketball rivalries?
A: The ACC is looking at keeping its core in one division. One scenario has North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Virginia together, keeping their home-and-home series intact. That evidently satisfies Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and other Tobacco Road coaches.
ACC Expansion Plan

Intending to shape the next generation of college sports instead of getting swept up in it, the Atlantic Coast Conference is moving forward with its aggressive expansion plan.
Big East schools Miami, Syracuse and either Boston College or Virginia Tech are the targets of the ACC's expansion, but the move would affect much more than just a few programs.
ACC takes steps to shape its future

Wayne Morgan was locked out of his office two weeks ago. Monday, he had to vacate his office when Tennessee-Chattanooga men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo's interview on campus included a tour of the facilities.
Wednesday, Morgan's patience paid off - he was given a set of shiny new keys to the office that were sitting on the desk of his secretary.
Morgan hiring ends Iowa State misery

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