With a second consecutive stellar recruiting class in tow, a productive spring practice session under its belt and a full year of strength and conditioning completed, the Rutgers football program embarks on year two of the Greg Schiano era with renewed optimism and confidence, as the Scarlet Knights continue the building process of becoming one of the elite programs in the BIG EAST Conference.
"The two things which I think we have accomplished vs. this time last year is that we have become a more mentally tough football team, and a more fundamentally sound football team," said Schiano.
2002 Season Outlook
Around the Big East - Football
Lame duck. What a dreary label. Bad enough to be a duck, what with waddling around, sort of scurrying side to side. But lame as well? How long can a duck be asked to put up with that?
If you're Temple, the answer is too long. Or, perhaps more accurately, too long and too short.
Sticking with that fowl image, the media "flocked" around seven of the eight team roosts on Tuesday at Giants Stadium, filling tape recorders and notebooks with enough interviews to last a season, most of them destined never to be written or seen anywhere. But at least the effort was made.
Owls' lame duck status seen unfair
Everybody at Virginia Tech knew that adjusting to life without superstar QB Michael Vick wouldn't be easy in 2001, which is why a record of 8-4 seemed satisfactory. And it could have been even better had the Hokies not come up just short in their attempt to knock off eventual national champion Miami on Dec. 1.
As things turned out, the Hokies dropped four of their last six games after a 6-0 start, including a 30-17 setback to Florida State in the Gator Bowl.
Suggs' comeback key for Hokies
Around the Big East - Basketball
Louis Orr's NBA past and tutoring present is adding up to a big step for Seton Hall's future.
St. Patrick's High center Grant Billmeier gave Seton Hall a verbal commitment, in part because Billmeier's family feels Orr is a coach who can develop a 6-foot-10, 225-pounder's game.
St. Pat's Billmeier commits to Seton Hall
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