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The presidents of Rutgers, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut and Virginia Tech will get the face-to-face meeting they've been lobbying for with Miami president Donna Shalala on Wednesday in Washington, according to two Big East officials, but what she has to say won't be what they want to hear.
Shalala has agreed to meet her five colleagues next week, essentially to say goodbye and to confirm that Miami will be leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, taking Boston College and Syracuse along, according to two Big East administrators.
Sources: End is near for Big East

In what will be a final curtain call to her Big East brethren, University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala will meet with five Big East counterparts in Washington Wednesday to explain why her school is expected to jump to the Atlantic Coast Conference along with Boston College and Syracuse.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Miami set to jump to ACC

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami and the ACC traded questions and answers Friday during a visit by conference officials that perhaps moved the Hurricanes a step closer to leaving the Big East.
ACC commissioner John Swofford refused to put a timetable on Miami's decision but said it could be made in two weeks.
roanoke.com

The University of Miami and Boston College are rolling out the red carpet and tossing bouquets at the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is on weeklong road trip to acquire three schools from the Big East Conference.
Syracuse University may roll out and toss something different — hard-hitting questions.
SU expected to ask tough questions

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame is considering three options of what to do if three schools leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, including possibly joining the ACC as a partial member.If Miami, Syracuse and Boston College accept an offer to join the ACC, Notre Dame will first look to remain a member of the Big East and align with the remaining schools that play football and basketball, a source inside the athletic department, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the South Bend Tribune for a story published Friday.
ESPN.com: NCAA - Notre Dame considering ACC, two other options

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami and the Atlantic Coast Conference traded questions and answers Friday during a visit by conference officials that perhaps moved the Hurricanes a step closer to leaving the Big East.
ACC commissioner John Swofford refused to put a timetable on Miami's decision, but said it could be made in two weeks.
USATODAY.com - Miami still the center of attention

Paterno remembers championing a league more than two decades ago that would have encompassed all intercollegiate sports, composed of many of the same teams that make up the Big East today.His plan failed, however, when he couldn't line up enough support. Later, the Big East and Penn State talked about hooking up, but Paterno said there was a mix-up as to why the Nittany Lions didn't sign up.
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Baseball

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Rutgers' NCAA baseball regional opener began poorly and ended worse, with South Alabama piling on seven runs in the eighth to finish off a 14-1 rout at Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium.
Rutgers is rocked in NCAA regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Adversity began with the start of the regular season for Rutgers. The NCAA baseball tournament is proving no different.For starters, Rutgers lost cleanup hitter Vinny Esposito in the top of the first inning after he was plunked in the face by South Alabama right-hander Tony Neal. It only got worse from there for the Scarlet Knights, who were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 14-1 defeat in the regional opener Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.
North Jersey Media Group

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Sytko hit a three-run home run and had a career-high six RBIs as South Alabama ran away with a 14-1 victory over Rutgers in the opening round of the NCAA regionals yesterday.
The Trentonian

 

Where are they now? Doug Graber

Doug Graber, Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator from 1987-89, is concluding his third season as coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe. Frankfurt is 5-3 and in a three-way tie for first place. With a win Sunday (1 p.m., FSN) at home against the Rhein Fire (5-3) on the next-to-last regular-season weekend, Frankfurt will earn a berth in the June 14 World Bowl.
Sports: Former Bucs coach enjoys atmosphere

 

Knights in the Pros - LJ Smith

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - L.J. Smith decided before his junior year in high school that he was done playing football.
That same year, he was offered a football scholarship to Rutgers University.
Confused?
Smith obviously was.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/30/2003 | There's no quit in this tight end
 

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