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Football Recruiting - Marc Taylor

Marc Taylor is a record setting quarterback out of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Rutgers, and a host of other schools were waiting to see how he performed in the coming season before extending an offer. The coming season may never come for Taylor, though. The NJSIAA has ruled that he is ineligible apparently because some former coaches had him practice and play in the first half of one freshman game when he was only in the 8th grade. The former coaches or staff gave him a permission slip and never  explained to him that participation could effect his eligibility for his senior year. He was injured in the first half of the first game and did not play again until he entered the 9th grade. He played lineman in the game that he was injured.

The case is now being appealed and Taylor is being allowed to practice while the decision is pending. Last year Marc Taylor threw for 2142 yards 329 attempts and connected for 11 touchdowns, he was on track to become the all time leading passer in Shore area.


Basketball Recruiting

There are three screws and two pins in Terrence Roberts' leg, but there is good news: All that hardware no longer is necessary to bind his ligaments; it's just a hassle to remove. The best news is it no longer keeps him bolted to the floor. Roberts is a 6-8, 205-pound power forward at St. Anthony's High in Jersey City, N.J., the school that produced Bobby Hurley for Duke, Terry Dehere and Jerry Walker for Seton Hall and 2002 McDonald's All-American guard Elijah Ingram, who is headed for St. John's. - College Basketball : Roberts becomes elite prospect, again

Roberts is reported to have a strong interest in the Scarlet Knights.


Where are they now? In a strange twist of fate Shawn O'Hara will soon be blocking for Willie Green

Shaun O'Hara, signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2000, has moved into the starting lineup at left guard, where free-agent pickup Barry Stokes had been penciled in. "Shaun is working as the starting left guard right now," Davis said. "He's very athletic, he's got very good mobility and he pulls well. He's smart and he's fundamentally very sound. He hasn't had a tremendous amount of playing time at guard. But just watching him, we felt that he deserved the opportunity to get a chance to start."
Couch keeps the safety on his gun

Browns No. 1 pick William Green reversed field and went from goat to hero in one afternoon yesterday. Just before the afternoon practice session, the Browns announced that Green's agent, Tom Condon, had rejected their "strong and generous" contract offer. But within hours, they announced that Green, the running back from Boston College, had agreed to terms and could be in uniform as early as this afternoon.
Browns' Green is a go

And a note on Ray Lucas

With Jay Fiedler sitting out the first few days of training camp because of his recent hip surgery, Ray Lucas is getting most of the repetitions at quarterback. It's a chance for Lucas to show what he can do with the first unit and to reinforce the Dolphins' confidence in him as a backup.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - RAY'S DAYS


West Virginia scouts Rutgers

The good news is that 18 starters return. The bad news is that those are still the same guys who couldn't beat Connecticut and gave up 80 points to West Virginia. Ten of the 11 defensive starters are back, the best of them probably being 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior LB Gary Brackett and 5-10, 190-pound DB Shawn Seabrooks, a former Tennessee recruit.
Gazette Online - WVU opponents


Big East Football

Big East Media Day

The following is a sampling of statements made by Big East head coaches Wednesday morning at Big East Media Day at Giants Stadium in response to questions by various members of the media. -- Big East coaches speak out



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- University of Miami tailback Frank Gore won't be ready to play until around mid-season after suffering a setback rehabbing the right knee he injured in March during spring practice.Coach Larry Coker initially hoped Gore, who was projected as UM's starter after rushing for 562 yards and a 9.1 average as a freshman, could return in time for the Hurricanes' opener against Florida A&M on Aug. 31.
Sun-Sentinel: Hurricanes


East Rutherford, N.J. - Clifton Smith said that, about two weeks ago, his ailing shoulder finally felt normal, and that he's ready to participate in preseason training camp for Syracuse football. The two-time All-Big East Conference linebacker tore a pectoral muscle in SU's opener last season against Georgia Tech. Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni said Smith played the entire season with the injury. By the Bowl, Smith could not bench-press the bench bar.
Smith ready to return


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J - It was Big East media day yesterday at Giants Stadium, and Bill Bradshaw was there for the first time as Temple's athletic director. Of course, Bradshaw was asked about the Owls' future as a Division I football team. The Big East decided last year to end Temple's membership in the conference after the 2004 season, citing the team's failure to meet minimum criteria for home attendance, competitiveness, and control of its home stadium.  "The Big East may not be an opportunity for Temple in the future, and I'm not counting on that," said Bradshaw, who on June 27 was named to replace Dave O'Brien at Temple. "However, there are five Bowl Championship Series conferences, and 62 teams, and there may be some shifting of sands in the next three or four years. Our goal at Temple is to be in a better position when there is some shifting and changes in the landscape to be attractive to somebody."
Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/25/2002 | Bradshaw optimistic about future

East Rutherford, NJ - Temple University seniors Dan Klecko, Sean Dillard, Tanardo Sharps and Jairo Almonte today (Wednesday, July 24, 2002) joined head coach Bobby Wallace at the annual Big East Conference Football Media Day held at the Meadowlands.
Temple University, Official Athletic Site


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Fan Feedback

I noticed in the link you posted to which had top 10 at each position in Florida, the # 2 and # 3 DT's have committed to Miami, and it says Miami is the team to beat for #1.
How much of an impact do you think this will have on Rutgers picking up Big Nate Robinson? (Big Ron Green, Big Nate... I like'm big!) I'm sure it can't hurt.
Is it true it's down to RU and Miami for the ENTIRE COUNTRY'S # 1 DEFENSIVE TACKLE? What do you think our chances are? Since I've heard he will wait until the season is over (ours or his, not sure), I wouldn't be surprised if he's waiting to see how we do this year.
Gosh, I hope we do well this year. I believe showing real improvement will be vital in ensuring a continual flow of good commitments.
We've had some very good players at RU over the year, but I'd have to think Nate would be the highest rated recruit we've ever had we the most potential to deliver right away.


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