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Berkeley Hutchinson, rated the country's fifth best high school linebacker last year by ESPN.com and Prep Football magazine, will report to Rutgers freshman orientation on Monday as a partial or non-academic qualifier.
Long Branch High School football coach Dan George said last night that Hutchinson failed to receive a qualifying score on the college boards.
Hutchinson making way to Rutgers

Rutgers will get better, but it will take time.
Improved line play is the key on both sides of the ball, and linemen do not develop overnight. The offense has nowhere to go but up, and should be more productive if the young players follow the examples set by Smith and Martin. Cubit has proven his toughness and will be a team leader despite his youth. If he continues to improve and cuts his turnovers, he can be a productive player. Tailback could eventually become a position of strength with Jones and Tillman.
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Knights in the Pros

Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bills ('02).
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Baseball

Left-handed pitcher Tom Crohan (Jersey City, NJ) has signed a professional baseball contract with the Florida Marlins. Crohan, who pitched scholastically at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, reported to the Marlins’ Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League, the Jamestown Jammers. He is the sixth player from Rutgers’ 2002 team to earn a professional opportunity this summer.
Crohan Signs Pro Contract with Florida Marlins

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Around the Big East

If you were to erect a totem pole of Big East football programs, you'd be obligated by sheer accomplishments alone to paint an orange and green stripe around the top of it.
Since the Big East's formation in 1991, Miami has won or shared the conference title six times and claimed two national championships, including last season's, while re-enforcing its mud-pie-thick reputation for dominance.
During the same span, Temple's lack of consistent production and bowl appearances have earned the Owls a reputation often soiled with expectations of mediocrity.
'Canes know where they stand

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The Giants have been anticipating the impact of rookie tight end Jeremy Shockey since they made him their first-round draft pick in April. Starting today, they'll finally get to see just how big of an impact he'll have.
Shockey, the 14th overall pick, finally agreed to a five-year, $8.533 million contract with the Giants last night, ending the first holdout of a Giants' first-rounder since 1996. The deal also includes $6.15 million in bonuses, a voidable sixth year and incentives which could make the five-year package worth about $13.3 million.
Shockey a bonus baby

Joe Paterno is 75 years old.
That is easy to forget, watching him sit at a table for another serving of football questions. A man only 22 years younger than the airplane, yet still working every day in the modern age of the Insight.com Bowl.
The media at the Big Ten preview come and go, some a third his age, dropping by with their notebooks and microphones to ask (again and again) what keeps him going.
Paterno eager for yet another season at Penn State

Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com


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