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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General Athletic Information
Chris Baker wasn't recruited to play a particular position three years ago, but the Rutgers University coaching staff knew an athlete with his size and ability would certainly fit somewhere, sometime.
A 6-foot-5, 200-pound graduate of Marist High School, Baker has switched positions three times in just over two seasons, but believes the experience only made him a stronger player.
"Going from wide receiver to quarterback, you see how both sides think," Baker said. "Now after going from quarterback to wide receiver, I see the reads a lot easier."
Versatility a key trait for Baker
After a successful scrimmage on Tuesday, the Rutgers Football team went right back to work on Wednesday, participating in a double-session practice at 8:20 a.m. and again at 3:20 p.m. With hot, muggy weather producing a more summer-like atmosphere, the team showed its mettle with two crisp sessions and a strong showing during the conditioning drills.
"Yesterday was a long, hard day and this morning, we came out in full pads and I was impressed by their focus," said head coach Greg Schiano. "We practiced hard for two hours and ran them hard at the end."
Schiano indicated that there is a plan for the preseason conditioning, set up by strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler. At this point in camp, the physical conditioning is the most grueling. An example of this came on Tuesday, when the Scarlet Knights played a full-speed, full-contact scrimmage and then endured over 10 minutes of conditioning work afterwards.
Conditioning is the Focus for RU Football During Wednesday's Double Session
Val Barnaby was yelling and pointing and stomping his feet, and then, faster than a speeding bullet, Raheem Orr swooped in.
That's energy you're wasting, Orr told Barnaby. Don't let your mind beat you, the senior said to the sophomore. Remember the mission, the smaller defensive end said to the bigger one.
Somewhere, Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano stifled a chuckle.
Balancing power, poise
Barnaby benched by broken thumb
Greg Schiano had just lit into Val Barnaby. The defensive end's snap had gone astray in Tuesday's scrimmage, and sure, the sophomore was trying to pop a dislocated thumb back into place, but come on, this is football, Schiano said. Taking a page from the close-talker guidebook, Schiano got right in Barnaby's face, demanding he toughen up and deal with the thumb later.
As it turns out, Barnaby needed emergency surgery on the thumb after the scrimmage. It was dislocated, fractured, and had a ton of scar tissue (from a high school injury) built up inside. He's expected to be out five to 10 days, and a genuinely penitent Schiano said he teased Barnaby, "You had to go make me look bad, right?" Still, the soft-spoken Barnaby refused to take any comfort in Schiano's apology, saying only, "I understand where he's coming from. If I make a mistake, I can't be looking for any sympathy."
Rutgers odds and ends
One hand. Not even a whole palm, just a few fingers.
That's all it takes before the refs blow a whistle and rule a sack on the quarterback during practice. That's fully bogus for two reasons, the first and obvious one being that a Division I quarterback should be able to break free of a finger-pat - Rutgers better not be playing a quarterback who's pulled down by one outstretched hand.
The second reason is that the whole green jersey thing is a farce.
Aditi sounds off on pampering the QB
Rutgers junior Cappie Pondexter has been named one of 30 candidates for the first-ever John Wooden Women's Award, the group has announced.
Returning players were eligible for the 30-member Wooden Preseason All-America Team, although freshmen, transfers and other players could be considered as the season progresses. The group will name a Midseason Top 20 Team in January, followed in March by the official voting ballot of 10-15 names. A five-member All-America Team, as well as the winner of the inaugural Wooden Women's Award, given to the nation's best female collegiate player, will be announced at the end of the season.
Pondexter a candidate for Wooden Women's Award
Knights in the Pros
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Around Big East
They're much like a jilted lover, their feelings alternating between sadness, anger and regret. Making the breakup even harder is the fact they must see each other for another year, a much-too-visible reminder that the good times are all but over.
They're the teams that were left behind -- the football-playing Big East Conference schools that are picking up the pieces of their shattered relationship with Miami and Virginia Tech. It was a union that brought much attention and considerable riches to all, only to end when the Hurricanes and Hokies ran off with a wealthier suitor from the South.
Another overhaul may be on the way for Big East
The new-look Atlantic Coast Conference's marquee football matchup could soon have a holiday home. Miami (Fla.) and Florida State are talking with ABC about moving the game to Labor Day for at least three years, starting in 2004.
That would provide a college Monday night game a week before the NFL opens its Monday schedule, also on ABC.
"We've been talking to ABC for some time about moving that game," Miami athletics director Paul Dee said. "Now, it's sort of in limbo with how the ACC wants to handle it. It was a Big East-ACC game, now it's just an ACC game."
Hurricanes and Seminoles could be Labor Day classic
The quarterback wearing No. 11 this year at Syracuse University is all grown up - or is it filled out?
Freshman Matt Hale has inherited the jersey number worn by Troy Nunes, who completed his eligibility last season after playing and starting parts of four years.
SU's No. 11 takes on a new look this year
Chris Rippon and Todd Littlejohn delivered a forceful message for members of the Syracuse University secondary when preseason football camp opened Monday.
"I think everybody has to look over their shoulder now," said Rippon, SU's defensive coordinator. "Right now, the best guy plays. We're not worried about anybody's ego or anything else. They're all in the same pool right now."
Orange's primary concern
After three hours of practice in the brutal sun, most players head for the showers, dinner and a well-earned rest.
But quarterback Luke Getsy still has some work to do.
Getsy pushing Palko for slot as No. 2 behind Rutherford
Tyler Palko is a quarterback. End of discussion.
That was the clear message Pitt Coach Walt Harris sent yesterday after practice when he was asked about Palko's possible position change. The question was posed because several media reported that Palko was considering a move to safety if he didn't win the back-up quarterback job.
The controversy began Monday when Palko was asked whether or not he would be willing to play safety. Palko answered that he would do what the coaches asked because that's his job as a player.
Palko a quarterback, nothing else
Around the nation
Colleges see no return financial or competitive from increased spending on athletics, according to an NCAA report to be released today. The findings from a two-year study of spending on college sports, touted by the NCAA as the most comprehensive of its kind, strike at the heart of conventional wisdom that bigger is better. Increased spending doesn't result in more victories or high-caliber applicants for admission, the report says.
College sports: Bigger isn't better
The NCAA's new study of college athletic finances may caution against a leap into the deep, ultracompetitive waters of Division I-A.
But Massachusetts will decide for itself.
Four months after former Florida President John Lombardi became UMass' chancellor, the school is studying a move from I-AA where the Minutemen won a national title in 1998 but missed the playoffs the last three years to football's big time. Lombardi estimates it would require beefing up the school's $18 million athletics budget by a minimum of $10 million, plus a "big hunk of money" to upgrade facilities.
UMass still mulling jump to I-A football
Jeff Smoker is back. The Michigan State quarterback, who was suspended for the final five games of last season because of a substance-abuse problem, has been reinstated to the team.
Michigan State giving Smoker chance at starting job
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