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Things were just that low when Greg Schiano took over at Rutgers last season. Good thing he's the youngest coach in Division I-A college football, because this rebuilding project is going to take time. Schiano says the players he has now are better, much better, than the group that greeted him when he took over, but they are still young and will pay that price with a schedule that includes all the Big East teams plus trips to Tennessee and Notre Dame. Ouch!
Scarlet Knights report: Inside slant - CBS SportsLine


Big East Football

Big East

The National College Sports Network (NCSN), the nation's first 24-hour all-college sports network, and The BIG EAST Conference ( jointly announced today that they have reached a multi-year programming agreement. As part of the agreement, NCSN will have the rights to cover up to 19 different men's and women's conference championships, and may expand additionally to include regular season events across a variety of men's and women's sports of The BIG EAST member schools.
Yahoo - The BIG EAST is Second Major Conference to Sign Programming Deal with All-College Sports Network

Boston College picks up first verbal

Ryan Glasper, a 6-foot-1-inch, 195-pound senior from Southington, Conn., last night verbally committed to play for Boston College's football team. Glasper, who is projected as a safety at BC, has been a versatile performer in his high school career, first earning a letter as a sophomore running back. He was converted to wide receiver his junior season and earned first-team all-state honors after making 49 catches for 900 yards.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Conn. star commits to Eagles

Miami - Star recruit fails to report

University of Miami top football recruit Devin Hester, a Parade All-American who was rated the No. 1 prospect in Florida and the No. 6 prospect -- regardless of position -- in the nation, was one of four signees who failed to report Tuesday with the rest of the 2002 incoming class.
Yahoo - The BIG EAST is Second Major Conference to Sign Programming Deal with All-College Sports Network

Pittsburgh - Joe Pa would never stand for it

The perplexing question is deciding which school to add. The Big Ten extended an invitation to Notre Dame, but the Irish rebuffed it in 1999 after the school and league discussed the matter for six months. Notre Dame's big TV deal with NBC, coupled with its long-standing independent status, which allows it to be flexible in scheduling and to keep all bowl proceeds, played big roles in the decision. With Notre Dame out of the picture, possibilities for a 12th team might include Pittsburgh, Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers and Iowa State, among others. The most logical seems to be Pittsburgh, which has made significant investments in its facilities in recent years and is a program on the rise. The Panthers would provide Penn State with the natural rival the Nittany Lions lack in the Big Ten. Believe me, no one is buying that forced Penn State-Michigan State rivalry. - College Football : Big Ten should add another team


Jeremiah Mason was out. Then he was down. Mason, who checked into Syracuse University on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the start of preseason football camp, was forced to leave SU for the spring semester because of academic problems. While he was trying to regain his eligibility by taking courses at University College, his position coach and mentor, Brian Stewart, left to become the secondary coach for the first-year Houston Texans of the NFL.
Back at Syracuse, Mason ready to play

Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech's coaching staff continues to maintain that as many as eight true freshmen could play this season for the Hokies.  If big Brandon Gore gets his way, he'll be among the group. Gore, who stands 6-foot-5 and tips the Toledos at a team-high 339 pounds, has been impressive in preseason camp. He's listed No.3 behind returning senior starter Luke Owens and redshirt freshman Will Montgomery at right guard.

West Virginia

Rich Rodriguez isn't getting overly optimistic about the possibility of wide receivers J.T. Perry and Keith Mills gaining their eligibility, but neither has he shut the door.The two Texans — Perry a freshman and Mills a member of last year's freshman class who dropped out of school — are in Morgantown and waiting to see if they can join West Virginia's practices.
Gazette Online - No word on Texas wide receivers


Big East Basketball

Will Sheridan, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Bear, Del., said his mind was basically made up when he visited Villanova's campus on Tuesday. "The visit just solidified the whole thing," Sheridan said yesterday about his oral commitment to play basketball at Villanova. "It just closed the deal, really."
Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/08/2002 | Delaware star forward picks 'Nova


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On Mike Fladell:

... Seems to handle himself well for a 16-year-old! Helps to get a bit more insight into his personality. Why do I feel we might be staving off offers from a lot of others during the next six months...and that the early relationship is one that RU will really, really come to appreciate over the next several years???

This fan added:

You're amazing. Mike Fladell is not even on anyone's radar screen...we get a
verbal...and that evening you've got an interview with him published on the
net. Sooner or later, one of these kids is going to say that YOU'RE are
part of the reason they came to RU. Kudos to you and those that work with

On the verbal of Sheridan to Villanova:

With Jay Wright getting another blue chip recruit, and Rutgers target in
Sheridan it becomes clearer every day that Mulcahy will long regret not doing
absolutely everything it took to get Wright as our coach when the opportunity
was available. Mulcahy better hope Wright pulls a Tommy Amaker and leaves
Nova for a "bright lights and big money program" in the very near future. At
least Mulcahy can take solace in the fact that his Alma Mater is outdoing his

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