The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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The Big East Conference can and will survive the defection of its two most powerful football teams, Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick predicted yesterday.
Abandoned by the University of Miami and Virginia Tech, Rutgers and its Big East partners will devise an open and honest strategy for surviving as a league, McCormick said.
"We can afford, and we must afford to get it right," he said, referring to the Big East's efforts to absorb the loss of Miami and Virginia Tech, which announced Monday they would join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Rutgers confident Big East will survive
Rutgers landed a player with great size and speed yet little fanfare yesterday when it received a verbal commitment from Elizabeth wide receiver Keith Taylor.
Taylor's numbers as a junior last fall weren't impressive as Elizabeth struggled in the passing game, but that may have allowed Rutgers to swoop in while others were waiting to see more. Taylor, 6-4, 177 pounds, has been timed at 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and emerged as a track star this past spring, winning the 400-meter title at the Union County Championships and taking third at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the 400 and earning all-state honors.
Elizabeth WR Taylor headed to Rutgers
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The Governor's Bowl and North-South all-star football games will be played as a doubleheader Saturday, July 12 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway. The North-South game, featuring all New Jersey players, will be at 1 p.m. The Governor's Bowl follows at 5 p.m., with New Jersey stars meeting a team of New York standouts.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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Place-kicker Shayne Graham calls Virginia Tech's 2000 national title game appearance against Florida State in the Sugar Bowl the biggest game in the school's history -- even though the Hokies lost 46-29. "We had never been there before," said Graham, who is now with the Carolina Panthers. "It was something we were not used to at all. It's hard to explain what it was like except that a lot of people wanted to make it like we didn't have a chance."
Hokies have arrived
Boston College has tied its football glory to Miami for nearly 20 years, from Doug Flutie's game-winning desperation pass against the Hurricanes in 1984 to the latest dalliance over the expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference.Those days are through.
Miami is leaving BC behind in the Big East, and the Eagles are now one of the "lead dogs" trying to hold the conference together. First on the agenda: Positioning the league so it can hold its place in the Bowl Championship Series after the current BCS contract expires in 2005.
Big East vows to change, survive
Damage control was the name of the game Monday night for Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese and athletics directors from Syracuse University and Boston College, who will try to put Humpty Dumpty together with two of his largest pieces missing.
"I am confident eastern football will be here for a long time," BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said in response to the decision by football heavyweights Miami and Virginia Tech to abandon the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004. "It is time for us to move forward, and that is exactly what we will do. This is not doom and gloom. This is a setback. This is a bump in the road. This program can handle this adversity and be stronger for it."
Big East looks outside the box
Throughout the two-month courtship and ultimate rejection of his football team by the Atlantic Coast Conference, Paul Pasqualoni remained silent. Tuesday, a day after learning that Miami and Virginia Tech would be joining the ACC following this season, Pasqualoni made his feelings known.
Pasqualoni believes Orange will recover
As commissioner of one of the largest and most powerful conferences in the country, Mike Slive is familiar with expansion. Before joining the Southeastern Conference, which boasts Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Kentucky among its 12 teams, Slive was commissioner for seven years of a conference known as the Great Midwest, a group that expanded to 14 teams and was later renamed Conference USA.
Big East, suitors taking proper steps
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Just some thoughts. Times do change. Guess what? Miami and Virginia Tech have not always been football powers. I remember distinctly Miami's program being ridiculed in the 1970's in one spoof column as being in the "Bottom Ten". Tech's rise to fame only occurred in the past decade after joining the Big East. Both are southern schools in a northern eastern conference and not particularly good geographical fits for the Big East. Let them go and wish them well. I always got the impression anyway that Miami could care less about winning the Big East Conference title. All they cared about was beating Florida State (or Notre Dame) and winning a national championship. Tech apparently coveted ACC membership so be happy for them.
It's time now to focus on the Big East. Each football school needs to look long and hard at itself and frankly assess whether it is doing what is required to improve quality of play and be competitive with the schools in the larger conferences. The Big East also has to expand its football league with schools that are better geographical fits for the conference and from which more natural rivalries can occur. I personally wish that Temple was remaining in the conference and was admitted for all sports. Here is a natural geographical rival for Rutgers as Connecticut will be. Times do change. The Big East Football Conference can emerge a better and stronger conference after all this.
Donald "Big Dog"
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