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The Last Picture Show - the Finale

It is IMPORTANT that you read our article explaining the end of us administrating this site (rutgers.theinsiders.com).
The Last Picture Show - the Finale

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

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Football

Asked to evaluate the Rutgers University football program he will coach against on Saturday, Michigan State's John L. Smith promptly focused his breakdown on special teams.
"I think they've made drastic improvements," said Smith, whose Spartans are slated to host the Scarlet Knights (3:30 p.m., YES). "I see a lot of guys over there that can run. All of those special teams kids can run."
The secret is out. Rutgers' returners have the ability to change a game's direction in mere seconds.
Moses adds depth to special teams

Defensive end Raheem Orr had just come off the field following Buffalo’s second offensive series and went to get some water. Suddenly he heard the crowd’s murmur crescendo into a roar and saw the fans jump to their feet.
What Orr couldn’t see was Tres Moses careening across the field on his way to a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown. The score was the first by a Rutgers punt returner in 11 years and gave the Scarlet Knights a 7-0 lead on a night they would never trail, defeating Buffalo, 24-10.
Finally healthy, Moses provides spark for Rutgers

Rutgers holds a 2-1 edge in the series with Michigan State, including a 2-0 record at Spartan Stadium. RU began the series with a 17-13 win over No. 15 MSU in the 1988 season opener (9/10) and then fell, 34-10, at Giants Stadium on Sept. 29, 1990. Rutgers then traveled back to East Lansing in 1991, securing a 14-7 win.
RUTGERS (1-0 ) at MICHIGAN STATE (1-0)

Tres Moses is younger. And he doesn't have the "SportsCenter" clip cache. So he said no, punt returns aren't any harder than kick returns.
Nate Jones is older. And he's an All-American with his own promotional Web site. So he laughed at Moses' half-hearted diplomacy.
"The balls are definitely harder to catch on a punt," Rutgers' senior kick returner said with a grin. "It's not anything I want to be doing."
Moses, Jones yield spectacular returns

Ryan Hart should still be basking in the glow of the best performance of his brief college career after throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown and going 21-of-31 in Rutgers' 24-10 victory over Buffalo on Saturday.
Instead, the Knights' sophomore quarterback found himself reacting to unexpectedly harsh criticism by the WFAN radio duo of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo on their "Mike and the Mad Dog" show on Tuesday afternoon.
Responding to a call from a fan about Rutgers football, Russo and Francesa essentially said on air that Hart, who has played in all of six games, wasn't a major-college quarterback.
Hart brushes off talk radio critics

FACTS & STATS: Site: Spartan Stadium (72,027) -- East Lansing, Michigan.
Television: ESPN+. Home Record: Rutgers 1-0, Michigan St. 1-0. Away Record:
Rutgers 0-0, Michigan St. 0-0. Neutral Record: Rutgers 0-0, Michigan St. 0-0.
Conference Record: Rutgers 0-0, Michigan St. 0-0. Series Record: Rutgers
leads, 2-1.
Rutgers (1-0) at Michigan State (1-0)


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Baseball

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Knights in the Pros

Losing teammate Mel Mitchell to a season-ending knee injury is not how veteran Saints safety Jay Bellamy wanted to reclaim a starting job.
But life goes on, and the NFL waits for no one.
Bellamy will start for the 88th consecutive game Sunday against Seattle at Seahawks Stadium. He spent his first seven seasons with the Seahawks after signing with them in 1994 as an undrafted free agent from Rutgers.
Bellamy back with starters

Gary Brackett's only obvious issue in making the Indianapolis Colts' roster as an undrafted rookie middle linebacker has been minute.
That is, he's kind of small.
Brackett impresses coaches with his confidence and tenaciousness. And he's shown in three preseason starts that he knows the defensive calls.
Colts' Brackett set to measure up

Site Information

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Around Big East

Representatives from Big East schools met yesterday with commissioner Michael Tranghese to further discuss the conference's future.
"A significant number of items were reviewed and we have developed a general timetable to reach a conclusion on our membership issue," Tranghese said. "I believe everyone is happy with our progress to date and I anticipate bringing this process to a formal close in November."
The departure of Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference (effective at the start of the 2004-05 academic year) over the summer has forced the Big East to consider realignment if it is to remain Bowl Championship Series eligible.
Big East representatives meet

Football

The Syracuse University football team is ready to develop another Jamel Riddle at wide receiver.
The Orangemen have received an oral commitment from Daniel Bailey of Centreville High School in Clifton, Va.
Speedy Virginian gives commitment

Kent State has had only two winning seasons since 1977, but the Golden Flashes entered this season with a lot of optimism because they had 39 letterman returning.
Kent State optimism runs high after win

On the evening of Aug. 13, Zach Conen received the news he had been yearning for.
Conen, director of advertising, promotions and ticket sales at Temple University, was walking through Philadelphia International Airport when he learned that the Eagles had finally agreed to allow the Owls to play their home games at brand-new Lincoln Financial Field.
With clock ticking, Owls' football team scrambles for support

On Nov. 22, 1980, Villanova beat Temple at home, 23-7. It was the last game the Wildcats would play as a Division I-A program, against an Owls club that was 1 year removed from a Garden State Bowl victory.
That was the 11th straight year the teams met in the season finale. Times change.
Saturday will be another historic afternoon for both schools. They're playing for the first time since then, in the first game that actually counts for anything at Lincoln Financial Field.
Villanova stepping up for rival Temple

Bryan Randall had a start on Sunday that many college quarterbacks could only replicate in a video game: 11-of-13 passing, three touchdowns on three straight drives, his team up 21-0 on UCF right out of the gate.
"I stepped out there, and from the first play, things were clicking for me," Randall said. "We kept calling passing plays, and I kept hitting on them. I got into a rhythm."
The temptation of two

When Boston College defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani was a high school football player in Clark, N.J., the man who recruited him for Penn State was an assistant coach named Joe Paterno. Spaziani, a standout defensive end before graduating from Penn State in 1969, became a student assistant coach under Paterno, who eventually helped Spaziani line up a high school coaching job.
For Eagles' Spaziani, friend is foe

With the season opener only days away, the Syracuse Orangemen are eager to play and finally put last year behind them.
"We're very excited and anxious, and probably a little bit on edge to get out there and get playing, get a game under our belt," Paul Pasqualoni, who begins his 13th season as coach, said yesterday.
Syracuse is poised for opener

Baseball

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Around the nation

While the Ohio State football team continues to get ready to play Saturday against San Diego State, school officials continue to wrestle with a response to NCAA allegations regarding the status of star tailback Maurice Clarett.
School spokesman Steve Snapp said Wednesday that he didn't know if the response would be ready Thursday.
The response is needed to get the process rolling to determine the exact length of Clarett's suspension.
Ohio State still working on response

Interesting Article

Congress will step into the debate about the college football postseason with a hearing Thursday that will include testimony from some of the sport's most powerful figures.
Some schools shut out from the automatic bids in the Bowl Championship Series claim the system amounts to an illegal monopoly, giving the biggest schools the best shot at the lucrative bowl postseason.
Battle over BCS future heads to Congress

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