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Tony Soprano didn't get to be the boss by giving up.
James Gandolfini, who plays the New Jersey mob boss on the HBO series, "The Sopranos," has made another commercial for Rutgers football even though his first effort last year failed to change the team's fortunes.
The Scarlet Knights finished 2-9 (0-7 in the Big East) in their first year under coach Greg Schiano. They have won just one Big East game in three seasons.
Scarlet Knights get aid from Sopranos

Rutgers Football fans are invited to meet and greet the Scarlet Knights’ coaches and players at the second annual Rutgers Football Kick-off Celebration on Friday, August 9, 2002. The event will be open to the public from 6-8pm on the practice field adjacent to the Bubble, directly across from Rutgers Stadium.
Rutgers Football Kick-off Celebration Set for August 9th

Compared to the off-season Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano has been through, a schedule of Miami, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech is probably going to seem tame now.
With freshmen due to report on Monday, Schiano's summer became even more eventful with the arrest of four players on disorderly conduct charges on Saturday night and the news that Berkeley Hutchinson and William Beckford, the two marquee linebackers in the freshman class, likely won't be eligible.
Schiano's off-season goes from bad to worse

Greg Schiano laughed at the question, even as he acknowledged its veracity. This was early last week, on the second floor of the Hale Center, inside his handsomely appointed office. Schiano had spent some time recounting his first 20 months on the job as Rutgers' football coach, which, in his words, "feel like either 20 minutes or 20 years, depending on what day you catch me."
Players' problems put cloud over Schiano

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


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