The Week That Was

ScarletReport.com's "The Week That Was" feature is designed to give ScarletReport.com readers a quick-read format to catch up on the major happenings from the last seven days. This is installment features the Scarlet Knights learning their bowl fate and New Jersey high school state championships.

In an effort to make the site even more user-friendly, ScarletReport.com provides a week in review.

So much happens here in a week's time, it's possible to miss some of the happenings and news.

To make it easier, each Monday "The Week That Was" will be posted to give an update on what transpired.

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On the Gridiron
  • Rutgers will play Iowa State Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. With the official press conference coming this morning, coach Greg Schiano leads the Scarlet Knights to their sixth bowl appearance in the last seven years and aims to win his fifth straight postseason game.

  • Though Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti's name was in the hat for the Tulane head-coaching job, the Green Wave pegged New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson.

  • The Scarlet Knights began bowl practices Saturday. The first week of bowl practice this season will have more of a spring practice feel with the team focusing player development and not game preparation.

Recruiting
  • The biggest news out of state championship week is that four-star Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) middle linebacker Quanzell Lamert will take an official visit this weekend to Rutgers.

  • This weekend is a huge official visitors week for Rutgers, hosting top prospects Lambert, safety Elijah Shumate and receiver Ian Thomas along with wide receiver commits Leonte Carroo and Carlton Agudosi.

  • Rutgers hosted a pair of Florida prospects last weekend on official visits. Tight end Anthony Russell from Daytona Beach, Fla., and wide receiver Traveras Copeland from Port St. Lucie, Fla., both spend the weekend in Piscataway. There were no commitments, but ScarletReport.com is hearing the visits both went very well.

  • After leading Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J) to a state championship Friday night at MetLife Stadium, five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton discussed his official visit plans. Scheduled to visit Florida and California the next two weeks, Hamilton is also looking at Rutgers, Tennessee and USC for official visits in January.

  • Don Bosco's Shumate scored three touchdowns in the state championship game and told ScarletReport.com afterward that he is excited for his official visit to Rutgers, but raved about visiting South Carolina in November.

  • Class of 2013 defensive end Alquadin Muhammad, also from Don Bosco, picked up verbal offers from Oklahoma and South Carolina to bring his total to five.

  • Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.) athlete and Rutgers commit Delon Stephenson dominated his state championship game in a win over Manalapan. Coming to Rutgers as a running back, Stephenson totaled 197 yards of offense and a touchdown to go along with 11 tackles and two interceptions.

  • Other offered Rutgers prospects to win state championships this week included Wayne Hills 2013 quarterback Kevin Olsen, the 2013 Timber Creek trio of defensive tackle Greg Webb, defensive end Dajaun Drennon and athlete Myles Nash and 2013 Piscataway (N.J.) athlete Nadir Barnwell.

On the Hardwood
  • It was another rough week for Rutgers (4-4) basketball. Despite a tremendous crowd energy Saturday night at the RAC, Rutgers lost 55-50 to LSU after forward Gilvydas Biruta fouled out with five minutes to play. Without Biruta, Rutgers surrendered a 12-2 run to the Tigers to end the game.

  • Head coach Mike Rice announced freshman forward Malick Kone is out four weeks, scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow after an injury.

  • Rutgers returns to the RAC Wednesday to play Princeton, the school that beat Rice in his first game at Rutgers last season.

  • On the women's side, the 11th ranked Scarlet Knights (8-0) keep rolling. A Monique Oliver double-double and 15 points from junior guard Erica Wheeler led Rutgers past 63-49. They return to action tonight at Miami.


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