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The Last Picture Show - the Finale

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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

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Despite rushing for 65 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns during yesterday's intrasquad scrimmage at Rutgers Stadium, tailback Marcus Jones still wasn't pleased with his performance.
Though Jones' execution was impressive -- especially the 50-yard touchdown run he broke -- the 5-foot-10, 200-pound junior tried to downplay his role in a raging backfield battle.
"We all want to play, but it's a team sport and I want the best man on the field," said Jones, who rushed for just 55 yards in 2002. "It hurts to say something like that, but it's true. If they get a bowl ring, I'll get a bowl ring too."
Scrimmage gives running backs opportunity to impress

Rutgers' first preseason scrimmage, held this morning at Rutgers Stadium, was an encouraging one, as both the offense and defense looked crisp in their first simulated game action since the Spring Game last April. After six days of training camp, the Scarlet Knights enjoyed a scrimmage that lasted approximately two hours and featured several impressive individual performances.
"I was pleased with the way the scrimmage went," said head coach Greg Schiano. "There were enough quality plays on both sides of the ball to deem it a success."
Tuesday's Scrimmage Produces Positive Results on Both Sides of the Ball

The tooth hurt a ton. And not getting to play, or to talk, was definitely going to be a bummer.
But the worst part of the whole infected tooth, swollen cheek, sore mouth fiasco was that Nate Robinson was going to have to report to Rutgers. Looking like that.
"Oh, he did not want that," Robinson's dad, Nate Sr., said chuckling. "He's a pretty boy."
'Pretty boy' has tough side

Offense gets the upper hand
Greg Schiano saw assistant head coach Darrell Hazell early Tuesday morning and said, "Man, I'd love to see us pop a 60-yard run." He thought he was wistful. Little did he know he was actually prophetic.
For the first time in Schiano's three-year tenure, his offense got the better of his defense in a scrimmage. And the offensive line can be credited for that. The linemen opened holes for Marcus Jones (45-yard TD run) and Markis Facyson (46-yard TD run), they made sure the quarterbacks didn't rush throws (resulting in no interceptions), and they finally appeared to move as one.
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Clarence Pittman put his head down, pushed with his whole upper body, and bowled Nate Jones backward into the end zone. What's that all about? "Coach Jay Butler," Pittman said with an enormous grin, deferring all praise to his strength and conditioning coach.
Well give that man a bonus. Quick.
A somewhat disappointing scatback a year ago, Pittman has a rebuilt (read: thicker, stronger) body and oodles of faith in himself. Whether it was because he learned from the other two backs - the diminutive Markis Facyson and jive-talking Marcus Jones - or because the offensive line rarely created a hole, Pittman ran east-west last year, juking and stutter-stepping and never even approaching the power back he looked like Tuesday.
Aditi sounds off on no more Pitt falls

Try to point fingers at all the areas in which Rutgers' 1-11 football team was brutal last year and you'll quickly run out of hands.
But first and very foremost, level that longest digit at the running game. Of the 117 NCAA Division I-A teams, Greg Schiano's young club finished 117th in total offense, largely because they were No. 116 in running the ball. The numbers would leave any team scarlet-faced: a paltry 51 yards a game, a meager 620 yards on the season. Ninety-seven Division I-A runners had more yards individually than Rutgers had as a team.
Every coach will tell you the same thing until it sounds like a cliche, only it's undeniably true. To have a chance to win, you have to be able to run the ball.
Rutgers four-strong at tailback

New offensive coordinator Craig Ver Steeg is attempting to put in a new Pro-Style offense, but it's all about the offensive line. There are several running back options, some speedy receivers, and decent quarterback prospects, but none of that matters if the line isn't much, much better than it was last year. Rutgers averaged 1.5 yards per carry and allowed 51 sacks. With an inexperienced and injured line, the production might not improve.
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There's a curious shortage of wide receivers on the Syracuse University football team at the start of preseason camp.
The Orangemen find themselves with just five receivers from last year's team and only one true freshman participating in practice.
The shortage is exacerbated by the fact that two receivers who were expected to practice - Jamel Riddle and Landel Bembo - are sidelined because of academic questions.
Receivers in short supply

Rob Petitti came to Pitt without much fanfare but proved he was a recruiting-day steal when he won the starting left tackle job in 2001 as a redshirt freshman. He was selected as the Panther’s most valuable lineman at the end of the season.
That season he also gained national recognition when he held Syracuse superstar defensive end Dwight Freeney, who now plays for the Indianapolis Colts, without a sack for the first time in 15 games.
Tackle's maturity pays off for Pitt

Pitt has 43 players on its roster from Pennsylvania and 21 from Ohio, which means more than 60 percent of its players come from those two states.
That's no surprise considering those states are the Panthers' primary recruiting base.
What might be surprising is that the state that has produced the third most Panthers isn't New Jersey, Virginia or Maryland.
Florida pipeline shows no signs of drying up

On July 25, the Eagles and Temple University completed negotiations on a contract that would allow the Owls to play football at Lincoln Financial Field for the next 15 years.
That contract was never signed, according to documents obtained by The Inquirer. Temple officials instead sent the Eagles a substantially altered draft that was signed by university president David Adamany. That contract arrived at the Eagles' offices on Aug. 5. The team rejected the deal in a letter dated Aug. 7.
Temple altered proposal on Linc

One of the most unfortunate aspects of the Big East's impending breakup is that the 14-year-old conference is at its competitive peak with three teams capable of Top 10 finishes and at least two others with real possibilities of ending the season somewhere in the Top 25.
Simply put, the Big East has never been better. Around The Big East
For years, the conference was the target of fans' ridicule and disdainfully labeled the Big Least or Big Easy. But derision has been replaced by respect
Miami no longer a lock in the Big East

Outlook: You couldn't tell by the record, but Rutgers was actually better last season than it was in Greg Schiano's first year as coach. After being outscored by its Big East opponents by an average 41.3 points in 2001, the Scarlet Knights lowered that margin a year ago to 24.3 ppg. That's not anything to brag about, but at Rutgers any improvement is welcomed. If the Knights enjoy any success this season it will likely be the result of a defense that returns seven starters.
Despite the record, Rutgers is getting better




Dan Coleman, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Hopkins (Minn.) High School who was one of four prospects Boston College's basketball team signed for the upcoming season, has decided not to play for the Eagles and will seek release from his letter-of-intent. Contacted at home last night, Julie Coleman confirmed that her son had indeed had a change of heart but declined to discuss any specifics.
Basketball recruit Coleman wants out at BC

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The fireworks were booming. The joint was delirious. Ohio State had done the unthinkable -- beaten favored Miami for the national title -- and there was Maurice Clarett, the focus of the Buckeyes' return to glory, standing off to the side of a makeshift stage last January at the Fiesta Bowl. By himself, away from his teammates, almost sulking. And I remember thinking, this kid is not long for college football. How many signs do we need to accept the inevitable?
During a game in the regular season, Clarett got into a heated argument with position coach Tim Spencer on the sideline. Before the Fiesta Bowl, he publicly chastised the university for not allowing him to return home from bowl practices for the funeral of a friend -- after he failed to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Clarett in a word: goodbye

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