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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

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Football

Rutgers' special teams players have generated more questions than answers during preseason football practice.
Placekickers Ryan Sands and Justin Musiek, both on scholarship, are battling walk-on Mike Cortese for the starting role. None of the three has distanced himself from the pack at this point.
"I'm not sure who our kicker is," Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano said. "Mike has the strongest leg, but Justin and Ryan are a little more consistent. One day one guy looks like he's it, then the next day another guy looks like he's it. We need that body fusing machine to make them one kicker, then we're all set."
Rutgers camp notebook

The Rutgers football team conducted a spirited practice under bright, sunny skies at the Stadium Complex fields this afternoon. The Scarlet Knights were in full pads as they continue preparation for the 2003 season opener on August 30 when they host Buffalo at Rutgers Stadium.
The team scrimmaged for a good portion of the practice. With a mock game clock displayed digitally on a mobile scoreboard at the corner of the field, the team practiced its two minute drills towards the end of practice
Scarlet Knights Continue Focused Preparation

Up the New Jersey Turnpike, on the sprawling campus of Rutgers University, he wasn't there.
Nowhere.
On Friday, Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano leaned into a podium and gave the news. "Unfortunately," Schiano said, "Jamar isn't with us yet."
That would be Jamar Brittingham, one of the finest running backs ever to hail from Lower Bucks.
Brittingham not eligible at Rutgers

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Recruiting Information

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Around Big East

The minute Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East Conference for what they viewed as greener pastures in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Tom Odjakjian's job turned into a nightmare.
Sure, the Big East's uncertain future lies in commissioner Michael Tranghese's hands, but conference play would literally cease without Odjakjian's input.
As an associate Big East commissioner, Odjakjian's responsibilities include creation of the football and men's basketball schedules. In years past, the task was treated as an exact science.
Big East struggling with future scheduling

Football

When he was a sophomore, Claude Harriott backed up Pitt star defensive end Bryan Knight and watched him struggle to live up to the expectations he created for himself.
Pitt's Harriott plans to improve

The Pitt Panthers received quite a scare yesterday afternoon when their best player went down in a heap on the sideline clutching his left leg.
Sophomore receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a first-team All-Big East Conference selection last season and widely regarded as the top wideout in the country, injured his left hamstring after being tackled in a drill early in practice.
"We'll have to wait to get it evaluated by the doctor," Coach Walt Harris said. "We hate to see anyone get hurt. Anytime your top player gets hurt, hopefully, it's not very serious. We don't have any idea, yet."
Fitzgerald's hamstring hurt

It's a done deal.
Temple will host Villanova on Sept. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field in the first game of a 15-year tenure at the new Eagles stadium.
Owls coach Bobby Wallace and his players got the news from athletic director Bill Bradshaw, who appeared at practice late yesterday afternoon.
Owls and Eagles reach accord on Linc

With the Aug. 30 opener against Wake Forest fast approaching, Boston College's football team held its first scrimmage of preseason camp last night, conducting a 92-play exercise on the turf at Alumni Stadium.
"We were out there for the eighth day in a row," said BC coach Tom O'Brien, whose team has been limited to just two practices on its grass field at Shea Field because of inclement weather. "We've had two practices on grass, which was a two-a-day, so we've actually not been on the Astroturf for one day and it's taken a toll on our legs and we're tired."
BC gets down to basics

Baseball

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Around the nation

As the NCAA unveiled a cautionary study of college athletics finances Thursday, President Myles Brand indicated the association will continue to explore the pros and cons of further spending — but not dictate them.
It's unlikely, he said, the NCAA will follow up with any formal policy on how much or little schools should invest in their athletics programs.
"I don't think any national organization — the NCAA or any other organization — can impose limitations on the expenditures of individual institutions, particularly when there are earnings involved," Brand said. "Which means the responsibility for the size of the budgets in athletics departments falls squarely on the shoulders of the individual institutions and their leadership.
NCAA's Brand: Fiscal fitness up to schools


Interesting Article

After a comprehensive review of its football officiating prompted last season by Penn State, the Big Ten Conference concluded that its officials performed with integrity and a high degree of competence.
Yet the conference did not rule out the use of video replay in the future to assist officials on questionable calls, a practice supported by all the conference's coaches.
The results of the review were released yesterday.
Big Ten putting football replays to limited test

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