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The Last Picture Show - the Finale

It is IMPORTANT that you read our article explaining the end of us administrating this site (rutgers.theinsiders.com).
The Last Picture Show - the Finale

Court Club Meeting

The Final Court Club meeting of the year will take place at 7PM on Monday, June 16, 2003, at the Hale Center. Rutgers Men's Coach, Gary Waters, will be there to wrap up the past season and give you an eye to the coming year. Be sure to be a past of the team behind the team, THE RUTGERS COURT CLUB.

Clinics and Camps

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Football

Nominations are now being accepted for the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for Rutgers Football Hall of Fame

Despite all signs pointing to the imminent defections of Miami, Boston College and Syracuse from the Big East, Rutgers University president Richard McCormick said he is not heading into a meeting today with Miami president Donna Shalala believing it's a done deal yet.
"I don't assume that at this point," McCormick said. "I think we do have a chance (to convince Miami to stay). I talked to (Shalala) at the end of last week and she indicated she would meet with us before Miami made a decision. So that's the approach I'm taking - that no decision has been made yet."
Rutgers still has Big East hopes

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Track

Three members of the Rutgers women’s track and field team, junior Jen Austin (Garfield, NJ), senior Danielle Hobson (West Orange, NJ) and sophomore Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ), have received All-East honors based on their performances at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton University, May 15-18. The last time Rutgers was represented in three different events in national competition was 1982.Austin is in 12th place after a 49.03 meter performance in the javelin. At the NCAA Regionals, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, May 30-31, Austin placed eighth in the javelin competition with a throw of 44.00 meters.
Rutgers Sends Three to NCAA Championships

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Recruit Information

Connecticut may have landed another top high school recruit in Charlie Villanueuva, but the prep star is still deciding whether to enter the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-10 forward from Brooklyn, N.Y. committed to UConn over the weekend according to several published reports. He also has made himself available for the NBA draft and has until June 19 to decide.
UConn lands Villanueuva

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Closing arguments that will either pave the way for an expanded Atlantic Coast Conference or provide a reprieve for the Big East are to be made today in Syracuse and in Washington, D.C.
An ACC delegation will be at Syracuse University today for the last of three campus visits that are a prelude to expansion from nine schools to 12. The ACC visited Miami last week and Boston College on Monday
Talks today impact SU's future

How a 12-team Atlantic Coast Conference might divide itself into two divisions is one of several issues being discussed today as Syracuse University hosts a delegation from the ACC on the last of three campus visits.
Syracuse, Boston College and Miami are in membership discussions with the ACC, which could officially ask the three Big East Conference schools to join their league any day.
ACC looks into divisional split

University of Miami President Donna Shalala will meet this afternoon in Washington with the presidents of the five football-playing universities in the Big East that will be left behind if the Hurricanes, Syracuse and Boston College jump to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Shalala had promised the presidents of the schools that she would talk with them before making a final decision.
Shalala to meet with other presidents

The mood could be strikingly different today when ACC expansion is discussed in two locales about 375 miles apart.
While an ACC visitation committee wraps up a cordial two-day trip to Syracuse University, Miami president Donna Shalala will be meeting in Washington with a group of Big East Conference presidents firmly intent on persuading her to keep Miami from going to the ACC -- and the Big East from fracturing.
ACC visits Syracuse

Linda Bruno, commissioner of the Atlantic 10, is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her conference intact, even if that means going on the offensive.
Her league could be raided by the Big East should Miami, Boston College and Syracuse join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A meeting of Big East university presidents to discuss those potential defections will take place today in Washington D.C.
Potential Big East raid not worrying Atlantic 10

As mentioned in this column over the last few weeks, the football program I will feel the worst for is Virginia Tech, when the Miami, Boston College, Syracuse deal with the ACC becomes final. Not only have the Hokies been to three BCS games and 10 straight bowls overall, but they have raised the bar dramatically in college football in the way they play and coach special teams. When you talk special teams in college football, you have to mention Virginia Tech. From a financial standpoint, they have also raised the bar by sinking a cool $37 million into expanding Lane Stadium and another $48 million committed to overall upgrades. As one "Hokie Hater" e-mailed me this past week, "What's the big deal about Virginia Tech football and Frank Beamer? Under Beamer, the Hokies are 2-22 in games against top 10 teams". Well, my response to that is from the old Ricky Nelson song Garden Party. "You just can't please everyone, so you gotta please yourself." Forget the stats, Virginia Tech has a great, top-flight program.
Quick Hits on realignment

Atlantic Coast Conference officials on Tuesday began a two-day visit to Syracuse University as they make final preparations to invite the university to leave the Big East for the ACC. Members of the delegation arrived separately throughout the day, university spokesman Kevin Morrow said.
"The topics they discuss will be the same ones that were considered at Miami and Boston College. The nature of the visit will be very similar," Morrow said.
ACC begins two-day visit to Syracuse

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With the college sports landscape quivering to the East, the eight-school Mountain West Conference said Tuesday that it will explore possible expansion.
"We feel, if there's somebody out there or a compelling reason to add additional members, that we ought to take a look at that at this time," Commissioner Craig Thompson said as the league's spring meetings ended in Carlsbad, Calif. "It doesn't necessarily mean anything will come of this."
Mountain West looks at expanding

Here we go again...

As I said the last time out, the Big East Conference is in trouble, and for Rutgers something good could come of it.
If it is freed of this hard-core commercial alliance, Rutgers could at the same time strike a blow for sanity in the professional culture of Division 1-A football. It wouldn't be the first time a school did.
Rutgers should rid its handicap, too

Interesting Article

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said a sports writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard made up quotes attributed to him that disparaged Conference USA.
Bob Snyder, of the Post-Standard, reported that Pitino expects Louisville to be in the Big East Conference after all the dust settles from teams either bolting or arriving in the wake of changes in the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conferences.
Reporter made up quotes dissing C-USA

Really, it's no big deal to John David Booty to make history this summer. In fact, life has come fairly easily to Southern California's soon-to-be freshman quarterback.
His dad was his coach at ultra-successful Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La. By the time he chucked a football there, he had been in college, NFL and major-league locker rooms thanks to his father and brother Josh, one of the most accomplished athletes in Louisiana history.
Young Booty becomes crown in Trojans recruiting

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