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The Last Picture Show - the Finale

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Letterwinners Gathering - August 30th at 4:30

The Rutgers Letterwinners Association will be hosting a gathering of former Rutgers Varsity Football players on August 30th starting at 4:30PM in Athlete's Glenn adjacent to Rutgers Stadium. All former Rutgers Varsity Football Players are welcome.

They would also like all former Rutgers Varsity Football players to join us on the sideline for the game. To do so, please call the Rutgers Football office at 732-445-5100 at least a week before the game.

Touchdown Club - Tailgate

The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its first ever Tailgate Party on September 6, 2003 for the Michigan State Game. The tailgate will be at Shula's II Steakhouse beginning at 3:00 pm. Shula's is conveniently located by Newark Airport between Exits 13A and 14 off the New Jersey Turnpike. Come join the tailgate, as fellow Touchdown Club Members, former Scarlet Knight Players, and Rutgers Fans of all ages from the Metropolitan Area help cheer the Scarlet Knights on to victory over MSU. This event is free for Touchdown Club Members and will include food, prizes and raffles that will complement a great game and atmosphere. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are not included. Touchdown Club members, please bring your 2003 membership card or other form of ID. Non members can join the fun for a nominal fee of $5.00. This money goes directly to the Touchdown Club and can be applied to a Touchdown Club Membership application filled out at the event. Mark your calendars - you will not want to miss this exciting event. For more information and TD Club contacts please visit the Touchdown Club web site at

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Nate Jones knows better then to look behind, but he does know that if you don’t learn from the past, you’re doomed to repeat it.
So while the Rutgers University football team doesn’t want to reflect on the things of years past, it knows if this is the year things start to turn around in Piscataway it can’t begin with losses to a Division I-AA team -- Villanova -- and a team that is just beginning as a Division I-A program like Buffalo.
"We don’t want to dwell on the past," Jones said yesterday at the Big East Football Media Day at Giants Stadium. "We know we can’t repeat that start we had last season."
Best thing RU can do: Forget past

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Even Juice All-Stars' coach Dwayne (Tiny) Morton was caught behind the crowd that was trying to jam itself into the practice gym at Durango High School. Fans, scouts, college coaches and other players were looking to go in and see the first game for the Brooklyn-based Juice and its star guard, Lincoln rising senior Sebastian Telfair, in the Adidas Big Time Tournament.
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Surveying the banquet room at Giants Stadium, where the Big East held its football media day today, Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw said he saw this scene coming a year ago: the realignment, the uncertainty, the bitterness.
"If you look where the biggest fault is -- and I mean like an earthquake fault -- it's in the Conference USA and Big East," he said. "It's like when you see the clouds, and say, 'Is it going to rain right now?' "
Big East Is Looking Past This Season

During a reception at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel on Tuesday night, Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw and Owls football coach Bobby Wallace sat down and broke bread with Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese.
Did Temple's relationship with the league come up in conversation? And what of the idea that the Owls, who are due to be pushed out of the Big East after the 2004 season, will be asked to stay? Will that be considered as Tranghese and the league presidents discuss how to regroup with Miami and Virginia Tech moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference following this season?
Temple question remains unanswered; Big East split decision will come in Jan.

Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese, clearly less stressed than he was at the Big East meetings in May, is working hard to facilitate the rebuilding of the conference - though he might not be around to carry out the presidents' decisions.
Tranghese, addressing the final football Big East Media Day with the University of Miami and Virginia Tech, said Wednesday at Giants Stadium that the league expects to resolve within the next two months whether it wants its nonfootball-playing basketball schools to break from teams that play all sports.
Big East trying to rebuild after defections

Back in the day, back when the Northeast was finally catching up to the rest of the country by moving toward an all-sports conference, not all college officials had the gift of vision.
When all the speculation, hedging, dice rolling and difficult decisions were done, the Big East had itself a basketball conference as good as any in the country.
The Big East came close to having a pretty good regional football conference as well.
Big East Conference commissioner Michael Tranghese reminded everyone of that yesterday during the annual Big East preseason football media day.
Big East needs replacements with potential for success

When a college football team loses its starting quarterback (Ken Dorsey), tailback (Willis McGahee) and wide receiver (Andre Johnson), a collapse usually follows. But if that team happens to be Miami -- ranked No. 1 in the Big East Preseason Media Poll -- success is always one backup player away.
"At every position we're strong," said junior tight end Kellen Winslow, who led the Hurricanes in receptions last season. "And we're real hungry."
Before Miami moves on to the Atlantic Coast Conference at the conclusion of the 2003-04 academic year, the Hurricanes will open their final Big East season on Aug. 28 (at Louisiana Tech). Replacing the departed trio will be quarterback Brock Berlin, tailback Frank Gore and wideout Roscoe Parrish.
Hurricanes confident despite key losses

Larry Coker and Frank Beamer, respective coaches of the Miami and Virginia Tech football programs, will sail under the Big East Conference flag for the final time this season.
The departure of the Hurricanes and Hokies to the Atlantic Coast Conference -- effective at the conclusion of the 2003-04 academic year -- dominated headlines and air waves during the spring and early summer.
So when talk finally turned to the conference's on-field product at Big East media day, anxiety melted into relief.
"It's great to get a chance to talk football again," Coker told assembled media at Giants Stadium yesterday. "Once the games begin, all this fire and brimstone will wane a little bit."
Schools looking forward to football after recent changes

Major-college football will have no playoff in the foreseeable future, and a new presidential oversight panel of the Bowl Championship Series wants to meet with presidents from non-BCS conferences to head off any major problems.
In addition, the Big East will keep its automatic BCS slot through the 2005 season, despite losing Miami and Virginia Tech as members next year, and negotiations about the next installment of the BCS will begin in earnest in January.
BCS has no plans for playoffs; Big East keeps BCS spot through '05

With Miami, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh certain to be ranked in the preseason Top 25, perhaps even the top 10, this could be the Big East's strongest football season in its 13 years.
It also might be its strangest.
It will be the last for Miami and Virginia Tech, which will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004. Boston College and Syracuse were ready to jump as well, before the ACC spurned them at the 11th hour last month. But the scene at Big East media day Wednesday in Giants Stadium revealed a civil collection of coaches and players.
Big East football teams strong this year

Could this be the beginning of the end?
As Miami and Virginia Tech prepare to leave the Big East Conference next season, Syracuse and Boston College wonder why the Atlantic Coast Conference left them at the altar and the non-football schools question where they stand and it looks for new members, make no mistake these have been trying times for one of the nation’s most prominent conference’s.
Miami and Tech will be leaving for the ACC and Temple hasn’t been invited back, but Connecticut joins next year to make it a seven-team football league.
Is this the beginning of the end?

Fresh off two defections that shattered the conference, the Big East has little time to regroup if it wants to maintain its status as a major player in college football.
At the conference's final football media day before powerhouses Miami and Virginia Tech bolt, commissioner Mike Tranghese said the remaining 12 schools need to decide soon whether they want to stay together or split into two conferences -- one that plays football and one that doesn't.
"That's the first question that has to be answered," Tranghese said Wednesday. "We can't proceed until we have that answer."
Big East wants Northeast presence

Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese said he was hoping nobody would ask.
But after the last three months he's had, who was he kidding thinking he'd get lucky? Periodically sipping water, Tranghese stood ramrod straight inside the Stadium Club at Giants Stadium, ostensibly to kick off his league's football preseason, but more interestingly to address the media for only the second time since pigskin powers Miami and Virginia Tech designated this their final year in the Big East. He loosely referred to expansion plans, hazily talked about timelines and vehemently denied a report that he'd recently apologized to ACC commissioner - and bumbling raider - John Swofford.
A loss for Big East?

The Syracuse University football team's tough year took another hit Wednesday when reporters picked the Orangemen to finish ahead of only Temple and Rutgers in the Big East Conference.
Orangemen picked to finish sixth in Big East

Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese said Wednesday that the league's first order of business must be to determine whether it wants to continue its odd marriage or file for divorce. If it decides to split, Tranghese said he will, too.
Commissioner says he'll quit if Big East splits

Big East Conference Commissioner Michael Tranghese said yesterday that the conference presidents will decide within two months whether the conference will remain in its current form or split into a I-A football league and a basketball league.
That issue, according to Tranghese, must be settled before any others can be considered by the embattled league, which is still reeling from the loss of members Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Big East ponders a split

During a reception at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel on Tuesday night, Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw and Owls football coach Bobby Wallace sat down and broke bread with Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese.
Did Temple's relationship with the league come up in conversation? And what of the idea that the Owls, who are due to be pushed out of the Big East after the 2004 season, will be asked to stay? Will that be considered as Tranghese and the league presidents discuss how to regroup with Miami and Virginia Tech moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference following this season?
Temple is hoping to remain in Big East football picture

Right now, the only date Temple football coach Bobby Wallace cares about is Aug. 5. That's the day his players report to training camp.
But there's another date on the horizon that has to concern the Owls. That would be Sept. 6, when they're scheduled to play Villanova in their home opener, a week after a trip to Penn State.
The game is supposed to be at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles' palatial new home. Somehow, a deal is not yet in place. Both sides say they're very close to reaching an official agreement. Supposedly it's in the hands of the lawyers, who sources say are trying to resolve the issue of tax liabilities to the city stemming from a $15 million state grant in Temple's name that the Eagles received to help them build the stadium.
Owls still hoping to play at Linc

The Big East held its 13th annual football mediafest yesterday at Giants Stadium. This was the last one that will feature the original eight conference members. Next year, everything will change, when Miami and Virginia Tech join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Until those moves become official, commissioner Mike Tranghese insists the collective goal remains the same.
"We'd just like to win a national championship again," he said. "I think it's a nice way to end the year."
Commish wants current Big East to go out a winner

In happier days, yesterday's Big East football media day would have been a reason to celebrate. The conference - which has had a team finish 1 or 2 in the national rankings for the last four years - was coming off another successful season. Three of its teams - Miami, Virginia Tech and Pitt - were ranked in most preseason Top 15 lists, and the conference may have its best depth ever.
But there was an awkwardness about this gathering at Giants Stadium. The Big East took a huge hit and could be an afterthought in the minds of the Bowl Coalition Series officials after Miami and Virginia Tech defected to the ACC.
Fixing Big East a big task

They were the invisible two. The obvious dregs. The ones relegated again to the bottom of the Big East Football Conference preseason poll. Temple, already with its walking papers. Rutgers, the king of bottom-feeders.
Amid the sweep of confusion yesterday befitting a conference in turmoil, teams leaving, teams wishing they were leaving, they remained the two constants. The ones no one spoke of, the ones who represent nothing but an automatic `W' to their muscular brethren.
Temple, Rutgers ignored

On the day he was ready to bare his soul, it was the one question Mike Tranghese hoped wouldn't be asked.
Inevitably it was. If the Big East Conference elects to divide and go separate ways, the football-playing members heading in their own direction, does Commissioner Tranghese go with them or with the basketball-oriented schools?
Big East: Time to end the rhetoric

Another consequence of the ACC expansion smacked the already-injured Big East in the face on Wednesday. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said Wednesday he would step down by 2005 if the league breaks into separate football and basketball leagues.
Split-sport Big East would go on without Tranghese

If the Big East divides into two separate conferences, with the lines drawn between the league's six Division 1-A football schools and the five non-Division 1-A basketball schools, then Mike Tranghese said he does not intend to work for either side.
Yesterday at the Big East's football Media Day at Giants Stadium, the league's embattled commissioner discussed the future of the conference after the defection of Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the decisions that had to be made to stabilize the league's football conference, and the mistake the Big East made by rejecting Penn State for admission in a 5-3 vote in 1981.
Futures in limbo within Big East

With the Big East's contract with the Bowl Championship Series up for renewal after the 2005 season, Boston College football coach Tom O'Brien said he believed it would be ''inconceivable'' for the league's remaining teams to be left out of the BCS mix.
''With all the movement taking place right now, and with the non-BCS schools having hearings,'' O'Brien said, ''I think it would be inconceivable to me that Northeastern football could not be represented at the table on a national level.''
O'Brien thinks Northeast deserves a fighting chance



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College football moved a step closer to open revolt when a group of presidents challenging the Bowl Championship Series announced the formation of a coalition to fight for greater consideration on issues in the NCAA's Division I-A ranks.
Blasting the BSC as a cartel and a possible violation of antitrust laws, officials representing 44 schools announced a new alliance -- the Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform -- to press grievances against the BCS and the NCAA.
Coalition formed to fight BCS

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