Football - Picking Buffalo over Rutgers
Buffalo has a favorable schedule compared to most MAC schools. UB plays U-Conn & Lehigh (I-AA) at home and travel to Rutgers and Minnesota. Buffalo can conceivably go 3-1 in these games. Crossover games are traveling to Ball State and hosting Western Michigan a week after the Broncos host Virginia Tech. Within the East, Miami & UCF visit while the Bulls travel to Marshall, Ohio and Akron.
VanDelay's View = 3-9; wins against Lehigh, @Rutgers & U-Conn; losses @Minnesota, @Ohio, WMU, @Marshall, Miami, @Kent State, UCF, @Akron & @Ball State.
More on Lovecchio
Early word is that LoVecchio might be considering Rutgers. His prospects aren't exactly dim considering the recent fate of transferred Notre Dame quarterbacks. Zak Kustok left in 1997 for Northwestern, where he led a high-powered offense. Jake Kelchner left for West Virginia in the late 1980s and played effectively. Kent Graham went to Ohio State after the 1988 season before launching a long NFL career.
Irish owe LoVecchio -- and could have used him in 2002 - CBS SportsLine
"I don't have any official offers at this point, but I'm expecting them. A bunch of teams have been in to see me so far: Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Uconn, Rutgers and Syracuse. Miami is coming too."
LionNews.com -- Lots Of Interest In PA QB
Basketball Recruiting - ESPN talks about the Knights
Big East Football - Pitt loses two top players
Pitt's deep linebacking corps took a hit yesterday when two players were disciplined by Coach Walt Harris. Monroe Weekley, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder from Aliquippa, was dismissed from the team for "behavior unbecoming of the program," according to a release from the team. Joe Dipre, 6-4, 245, from Erie Cathedral Prep, was suspended for the 2002 season for a rules violation.
Football: Pitt dismisses Weekley from team, suspends Dipre
The once promising future of Monroe Weekley is over at Pitt. The promising career of Joe Dipre is on hold. Weekley was dismissed from the football team Friday by coach Walt Harris. Dipre was suspended for the 2002 season.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Pitt players land in hot water
But gains another
He can play fullback. He can play tight end. He can play linebacker. He can play defensive end. Chris McKillop of Kiski Area High School — a.k.a. Mr. Versatility — can also stake the claim as Pitt's first recruit from the Class of 2003. He gave an verbal commitment to coach Walt Harris on Friday.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Pitt lands 2003 recruit
The annual meeting of the Rutgers Court Club will take place on thursday evening, June 6, 2002, at 7:30PM at the Hale Center. Get the low down on Rutgers 2001-2002 season and a look to the 2002-2003 season with the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Coach of the Year, Gary Waters. Find out what the team will be doing this summer to improve itself. Voice your thoughts about the new NCAA regulations on player eligibility and other recent rule changes. Get on board the TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM, the RUTGERS COURT CLUB.
Baseball - RU is out in the cold
PISCATAWAY, NJ – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 64-team field for the 2002 Division I Baseball Championship and, for the first time in four years, failed to include Rutgers University. The Scarlet Knights, who will miss the tournament for the first time since 1997, end their season with a 35-22 mark, which includes two wins over Miami and a trip to the finals of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship.
Rutgers Baseball Denied NCAA Championship Bid
On the new site:
Just wanted to tell you that I love the new setup for Mike and BigDog's website. Of course I loved the old format, and I did miss your contributions the last several weeks. Now, it's all in one place again ... I may even "go premium", although that will have to wait, since right now I am between jobs. But thanks again for all you do for RU sports, and welcome back!
On being excluded from the NCAA in baseball:
Rutgers getting left out of the NCAA tournament in favor of Miami and/or South Florida is completely bullshit. First of all, RU beat Miami. Yes, UM plays a tough schedule -- but it plays only 11 away games!!! Are you kidding me? Going into the BE tournament, I thought RU would have to win it to get in. But to come within one run of winning the tournament, I thought they played their way in.
And leaving Rutgers out instead of South Florida, a team that finished seventh in its conference, is mindboggling. Rutgers should have put in a bid to host a regional. They probably would have gotten in if they did. The NCAA was dying for a northeast regional host. That may have put RU over the top.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net