The Last Picture Show - the Finale
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The Last Picture Show - the Finale
Attend a Rutgers Football practice with the Touchdown Club - Saturday, August 16th
"The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its first Touchdown Club Day at Summer Practice on Saturday August 16th for the 3:00PM scrimmage at the Stadium. All Touchdown Club members in active standing will be allowed to go down onto the field to get an up close personal glimpse of the Scarlet Knights. All TD Club members who wish to go down on the field must go to the bottom of Section 101/102 and seek out a TD
Club representative to get a pass to gain access to the field. Also, the TD Club is running another raffle, this year for a trip for two on the team plane to Miami. Those interested can seek out a TD Club representative on Saturday. Tickets are only $10.00 each."
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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Ryan Neill, a defensive end recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, is walking that fine line between returning to the field too quickly and staying on the sidelines too long.
However, the decision to play football for Rutgers University this season, or redshirt his junior year, has largely been left in Neill's hands.
"It's going to be our decision," Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano said. "It won't be his decision or my decision. We've already talked once and the initial part of the plan was to see how it feels."
Neill won't rush return from knee surgery
Justise Hairston fumbled twice. Clarence Pittman put one on the ground too. Clint Dato wrenched his knee. This was not how Greg Schiano planned on shaking out his depth chart.
Today brings camp's first scrimmage, and Schiano's first chance to establish what he's called "a pecking order."
For the first time in his three years at Rutgers, his Scarlet Knights have enough talent and enough depth to make for multiple interesting position battles.
Scrambling for position
Nothing feels great to Neill
The supersized hula hoops lay on the ground, side by side. Two by two, one pair after another, the defensive linemen lined up at one end, raced around the hoop, and back to the end of the line. Then came sophomore defensive end Ryan Neill's turn. He got down in his blocking stance, raced right, and beat his man back. And felt nothing.
"I'm just going day by day," the Wayne Hills native said, betraying not even a hint of a smile. Last November against Miami, Neill destroyed the MCL, ACL, and PCL in his right knee, a knee that still shows purplish-green because of dried blood and bruising. But aesthetics aside, Neill's knee looks great - great enough to carry the load of a full season, an absurd five months ahead of a regular rehab pace. Whether it will is another story. Coach Greg Schiano and Neill met a couple of weeks ago, agreeing to ease Neill into practice before deciding whether he'll play.
Rutgers odds and ends
The tackling dummies were lined up, three in a row, and then one solitary one in another row.
As his players weaved in and out and pivoted around, defensive line coach Randy Melvin encouraged, "Come on, get your foot in the ground for me."
Well, if you put it that way ...
Randy Melvin never flashes the jewelry, or the résumé. He won the Super Bowl with the Patriots as a coach, left Foxboro for Piscataway a few months later, and gave Rutgers one of its biggest prizes ever - himself.
Aditi sounds off on a great teacher
After escaping the first week of preseason practice without a serious injury, Rutgers wasn't nearly as fortunate when Week 2 began.
Offensive tackle Clint Dato, fighting for a starting spot, suffered a left knee injury during the morning practice yesterday. It left the junior on crutches and sporting a brace in the afternoon.
The junior college transfer underwent an MRI last night, with head coach Greg Schiano saying he would know more about Dato's status today.
Offensive tackle injures knee
Knights in the Pros
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Around Big East
Pitt Athletic Director Jeff Long said yesterday that the proposed split between the basketball schools and Division I-A football schools in the Big East Conference may not be as far along as people think.
A month ago at Big East media day, Commissioner Michael Tranghese said a decision on the matter would be made by early September because it was the conference's first step toward rebuilding after the loss of Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference. At the time the split was widely thought of as being inevitable.
Proposal for Big East split slow
For the first time since 1987, the Syracuse University football team will face the challenge of rebounding from a losing season when it travels to North Carolina to open its 2003 schedule.
Since going 5-6 in 1986, the Orangemen reeled off 15 consecutive winning seasons that featured 12 postseason bowl berths before stumbling to a 4-8 record in 2002. The team's fall from grace was precipitous, as it finished last in the nation in passing defense among the 117 teams that play Division I-A football, allowing 303.8 yards per game; No. 113 in total defense (475.7 yards per game allowed); and No. 98 in scoring defense (33.8 points per game allowed).
Syracuse football looks to regroup
The Syracuse University football team practiced, posed and predicted it will surprise this season as it officially opened preseason camp Monday with workouts sandwiched around Media Day.
It was a hectic, upbeat day with the Orangemen saying they're eager to get started and confident they'll turn around last year's 4-8 record, their first losing season since 1986
Orange eager to erase2002
Pitt freshman receiver Terrell Allen was considered one of the top prospects in the country last year and had plenty of attractive scholarship offers. But he chose the Panthers in part because of the school's growing reputation as "Wide Receiver U" under Walt Harris.
Allen hoping for impact as freshman
The Black Coaches Association approached Pitt and West Virginia earlier this year about playing each other in its preseason classic. The game was to be Aug. 23 at Heinz Field.
Pitt Coach Walt Harris said yesterday that his team was willing to play the game, but that West Virginia had declined the offer.
"We agreed to play," Harris said. "We thought it would be for an excellent cause, and we welcomed the competition. The game would not have counted as a league game or in the Big East standings and we thought it would be a good opportunity to make some money for our program, so we agreed to it."
Front Yard Brawl? WVU declined
1. If you love something set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If it doesn't, you probably suck
Between the attempted force out of Temple and the current wave of mass defections, the Big East has had its share of problems over the past few years. Forgetting for the moment about loyalty, brotherhood of teams, and tradition, if the ACC really is coming up with a better financial package, why shouldn't programs like Miami, Boston College and Syracuse take a look? College football, for all its hoopla and passion, is still a business, and these schools have to do what's in their best interest. Now the Big East is suing to try to keep Miami and Boston College in the league, but why? Why does the conference want to force these programs to stay and have a league of extraordinary unhappiness? How is a conference full of ticked off programs going to increase future stability, secure a better TV package or ensure that the top recruits continue to want to play in the league? The Big East is angry that it's feeling jilted, but it's the league's fault for not creating a better business package for the schools and programs to stay. The Big East has had some of the marquee college football programs and players, a decent tradition of playing well in bowl games, and some great, heart-stopping games over the last few years. There are some big TV markets, big schools and decent exposure, but the Big East didn't seem to be able to capitalize on everything that's going for it. With Connecticut joining and always the potential of Notre Dame giving up its Independent status, the Big East should be the one trying to expand. Instead, it appears to have gotten beaten to the punch.
2003 PREVIEW: Five Thoughts on the Big East
Coming off a breakthrough season as conference -- Miami reached the national title game, Virginia Tech won 10 games and West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Boston College nine -- the Big East's celebration has been abruptly replaced by mourning for the end of the league as we know it.
But before Miami and Virginia Tech bid adieu, they'll each grace the conference with another potential national title squad.
Big East Conference
Around the nation
Maryland was placed on one year of probation by the NCAA on Monday because an assistant football coach committed a ''major'' violation by giving money to a high school recruit.
The NCAA's infractions committee determined that coach Rod Sharpless gave heralded prospect Victor Abiamiri cash in amounts ranging from $5 to $200 five different times in order to gain an edge in the recruiting competition.
Terps get probation after paying recruit
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