The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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 them 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 http://touchdownclub.rutgers.edu
Clinics and Camps
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Dick Hale of Edison still considers himself "a Rutgers sophomore."
That's how enthusiastic he is -- at 80 -- about the school and the role he plays in its development as a great university.
Hale -- Class of '44 -- may be one of the biggest boosters of Rutgers in the state. Scratch him, and he will bleed Rutgers scarlet.
A Rutgers booster took enthusiasm into business
Berkeley Hutchinson hasn't dressed for a football game in over a year, and the long-awaited prospect of putting on pads is starting to grind on his patience.
"I'm anxious to go," said Rutgers' 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore linebacker. "I've been out of pads for a year, but haven't lost anything knowledge-wise or physically. It has been hard, though."
Every player on the Rutgers University football team was itching to take the field yesterday as veterans and newcomers reported to preseason training camp. But few could match Hutchinson's need to finally hit someone across the line.
Hutchinson ready to step on field
They started to trickle in at around 10:30 a.m. yesterday morning, some with parents and girlfriends by their sides, others alone. One by one, members of Rutgers' 2003 recruiting class reported for preseason training camp."I've noticed how bright-eyed they are and ready to get after the task at hand," said Tom Kleinlein, director of football operations. "It seems like they know what the mission is, to come here and work as hard as they can. That's impressive to me."
Kleinlein's face was the first one incoming freshman saw when they walked through the door to the Hale Center lobby. In addition to starting each rookie on his requisite paperwork, Kleinlein had the opportunity to allay the new Scarlet Knights' first-day fears.
Freshmen relaxed as first practice nears
New standouts in limbo
Two newcomers failed to show Tuesday afternoon. Running back Jamar Brittingham, the 2001 Pennsylvania Player of the Year, and Quintero Frierson, Dade County's leading tackler, have had their eligibility put on hold by the NCAA Clearinghouse, coach Greg Schiano said.
"If and when they get straightened out," Schiano said, "they'll be here."
He's already admittedly deep at linebacker, and at running back, 2001 Connecticut Player of the Year Justise Hairston is eager to battle juniors Clarence Pittman and Marcus Jones and sophomore Markis Facyson, all of whom have seen time for Rutgers. When told one less running back surely makes the position competition a little less unwieldy, Schiano vehemently shook his head in disagreement.
Rutgers odds and ends
His old bosses, Greg Schiano says, are always straight with him. The Browns' Butch Davis and the Dolphins' Dave Wannstedt are compelled under the conditions of friendship to tell Rutgers' young coach the cold, cutting truth. For when the young coach's office can feel so big and lonely, the burden of bridging the losing to winning so vast, these are the voices Schiano trusts to validate his vision.
Over and over, Schiano says, they tell him, "'Stick to what you know is right. When you get the right people in place, those things will work again. The right things haven't changed.'" Truth is, Davis and Wannstedt remember Schiano as a bright, young assistant coach. They care for him. They've invested emotionally in his success. Still, they don't know. Nobody does. They don't watch Rutgers practices. They don't stand on the sidelines for the games. They don't sit inside the coach's meetings and evaluate his recruits and study his game plans. They tell him he's doing it right, but they don't know. Nobody does.
Schiano the recruiter must produce as coach
Save for some machine-gun rain, the whoosh of a snaking indoor puddle, and a scratchy pencil, the Hale Center lobby was quiet. But then, from somewhere in Terrence Shawell's pocket, while the freshman quarterback busied himself with information forms, the strains of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On" severed the hush.
Everyone was startled. No one was surprised.
Rutgers' reinforcements arrived on campus Tuesday, and oh, they cannot wait to get it on.
A couple of potential answers to Rutgers' most glaring needs on offense finally arrived on campus yesterday after a delay of more than a year each. Both proclaimed themselves ready, willing and eager to help a unit that was arguably the nation's worst last season.
Offensive lineman Ron Green, a former junior college All-American, and running back Justise Hairston topped the list of newcomers to report to the Hale Center on campus in preparation for the start of preseason practice today.
"I can't wait to get started. I'm ready," said Green, the former Linden High School standout. "I've been waiting for this for a while. It seems like forever sometimes."
RU pair happy after roundabout path
Knights in the Pros
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Around Big East
The Big East Conference stepped up realignment discussions Tuesday as presidents and athletic directors from eight member schools weighed a future without Miami (Fla.) and Virginia Tech.
What shape it will take remained uncertain.
"No decisions on our future structure were reached," Commissioner Mike Tranghese said after some five hours of meetings in Newark, N.J. Representatives of the Big East's Division I-A, I-AA and non-football schools came together for the first time since Miami and Virginia Tech opted in June to head to the Atlantic Coast Conference after the coming school year.
Big East meets to discuss life after Miami, Va. Tech
Bryan Randall says he's the starting quarterback at Virginia Tech. His coach, Frank Beamer, says it too. There's just one nagging problem: A freshman named Vick isn't buying it.
"I want it bad," Marcus Vick says.
And that's enough to shake everything sideways. Maybe it would be different if his name weren't Vick, if he were just another antsy redshirt freshman detoxing from sitting and watching his first year drag by and talking faster than he's thinking.
Another Vick in the offering at Virginia Tech
In the West Virginia scheme of things on defense, positions sometimes tend to blur.
Really now, is there that much difference between a tackle and an end, an inside linebacker and an outside linebacker, a bandit and a spur? Anymore it seems that most of these guys have essentially the same size, the same speed, the same strengths and weaknesses.
Truth be told, thats actually what this whole 3-3 stack defense is about interchangeable parts. Everyone, it seems, has to be able to play within a yard of the line of scrimmage in an eight-man front, yet still possess the skills to drop back in coverage.
Versatile players essential
No more middle-of-the-night Taco Bell trips for Carlos Joseph. No more large sausage and pepperoni pizzas -- at one time.
''Now, it's the new Carlos,'' said a streamlined 6-6, 318-pound Joseph, who lost 30 pounds this summer in a renewed commitment to become the best University of Miami left tackle he could be.
He also lost his starting job.
Joseph was formerly part of the duo nicknamed the Haitian Sensations before his older brother, defensive tackle William Joseph, left for the NFL's New York Giants. But now the sensation of the offensive line seems to be sophomore Eric Winston, a 6-7, 305-pound star-in-the-making with brute strength and the smarts to match.
Hungry for some playing time
Preseason football camp at Syracuse University has a new schedule and routine that effectively ends the grind of two-a-day practice sessions on consecutive days.
The NCAA stepped in and mandated the changes in response to growing concerns and problems with heat-related issues that have resulted in the occasional deaths of players.
Changes greet Orange
Frank Gore was special.
In fact, Dade County has never had a runner so statistically special. Joe Montoya was Gore's coach at Coral Gables High, witness to 1,559 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns as a prep junior, and a county record 2,953 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior.
Gore back where he belongs
Nothing will happen quickly and nothing will happen arbitrarily, but something for certain will happen to the Big East Conference.
The ball got rolling yesterday at a meeting in Newark, N.J.
Three presidents and one athletic director from each of the two sides of the Big East's current quandary (basketball only vs. football/basketball) discussed their conference's future and began preliminary sketches for its direction, now that Virginia Tech and Miami have defected for the Atlantic Coast Conference, effective after the 2003-04 academic year.
Big East begins its work on life after defections
Year six of Bobby Wallace's tenure as the head football coach at Temple officially begins today when the Owls open preseason camp at Geasey Field.
Once again, the team is coming off a losing season. And once again, Temple is in the position of trying to prove to its naysayers that the Owls are not a lost cause.
This will be Temple's next-to-last season as a member of the Big East Conference - unless the changing landscape in Division I football earns the Owls a reprieve - and it is of utmost importance to the program's future.
Owls again try to turn football fortunes around
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