Greg Schiano's demeanor has undergone a subtle change since the Wyckoff native was hired 20 months ago to transform Rutgers' football program into a winner.
Schiano, 36, the youngest coach in Division I-A, is more relaxed, even though Rutgers suffered through a 2-9 campaign in his first season.
He is more certain the Scarlet Knights are on course to become a winner, even as his 2002 team has been picked by the media to return to the Big East basement, where the program has resided the previous three years.
Rutgers looking forward
Around the Big East - Basketball
DeShaun Williams, the troubled Syracuse basketball star, was dismissed yesterday by the university because of academic problems.
Williams will be allowed to complete his current summer session courses but will not be able to enroll for the fall semester, university spokesman Kevin Morrow said.
Syracuse dismisses Williams
Around the Big East - Football
There are nearly a dozen reasons for the rest of the Big East to believe that Miami just might be vulnerable this football season. After losing 11 players from last year's national championship roster in the NFL Draft -- five in the first round -- the Hurricanes have the look of a team that could come back to the rest of the conference pack.
Sounds great on paper and in theory. It just isn't reality.
Miami was the unanimous choice to win the league again in the Big East's annual preseason media poll, and there wasn't a dissenting voice about the pick from the coaches or selected players on hand yesterday for the league's media day at Giants Stadium.
Miami's loss doesn't translate into gain for rest of Big East
The University of Miami is expected to challenge for its second straight national championship, but head coach Larry Coker knows that won't happen unless his team takes care of business in its own league first.
"Winning (the Big East title) is very important to us," Coker said. "The winner of this league is guaranteed a shot in the (Bowl Championship Series), so the only way to win another national title is by beating the teams in this very competitive league."
Miami shooting for No. 1 again
Quarterback Ken Dorsey doesn't need a fancy ad campaign to be thrown into the preseason Heisman Trophy hype.
He already is in the thick of it.
Yet the laid-back Californian, who led the University of Miami to its fifth national championship in 2001, cares little about Heisman talk. Winning the trophy is not even on his football to-do list.
With Dorsey runnin' the show, 'Canes favored
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Just before taking the floor for his first NBA summer league practice, rookie guard Dajuan Wagner signed his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday.
Wagner, the No. 6 overall pick in last month's NBA draft, will make $2.3 million next season and $10.7 million over four years - per terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Cavaliers sign Camden's Wagner
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