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KEY GAMES: Vs. Army, Sept. 14 -- If the Knights are to improve on last year's two-win season, this is one they will need to win. Rutgers will have few opportunities to win, even if improved in coach Greg Schiano's second season. It can't afford to waste them.
NCAA - Rutgers Scarlet Knights - CBS.SportsLine.com

Football Recruiting

Omar Savage is perhaps the top defensive end in the State of New Jersey this year. In this article he talks about Rutgers after attending the fan fest last Friday.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- RU moves into first place

Basketball Recruiting

The number of schools recruiting Watkins is staggering, but three seem to have separated themselves from the pack: Maryland, Villanova, and Kentucky. St. John's and Pittsburgh are in the next tier, with Syracuse, Rutgers, and Seton Hall trailing. The Watkins family said the NBA is out of the picture.
NorthJersey.com - College Sports

Big East Football

Boston College

Boston College seniors Dan Koppen (Apex, NC) and Marc Parenteau (Pompano Beach, FL) are among 63 players named to the 2002 Outland Trophy watch list. The award is presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the top interior lineman in college football.
Koppen, Parenteau On Outland Trophy Watch List :: Football Writers Award Goes To Top Interior Lineman

With only three weeks remaining before the Aug. 31 season opener against the University of Connecticut at Alumni Stadium, there no doubt will be a sense of urgency today when Boston College's football team opens camp.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Experience has brought high hopes to The Heights

Miami

CORAL GABLES -- University of Miami freshman tight end Eric Winston is so big if he puts on the "freshman 15" -- which is the weight many college newcomers gain in their first year -- he would be the size of an offensive lineman. Winston is already a sophomore credit-wise because of duel enrollment classes he took in high school. He is so intelligent coach Larry Coker jokingly wondered whether offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, known as a scholar in his playing days at UM, "is smart enough to hang with him. And Chud's brilliant."
Sun-Sentinel: Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES -- Former Suncoast High standout Devin Hester, one of the nation's top football recruits this year, did not show up on campus Tuesday when Miami's incoming freshmen reported to the team.Hester, who UM coaches plan to play this year at receiver, tailback or cornerback, has not been cleared academically by the NCAA to attend UM. Three other members of UM's 2002 recruiting class -- receiver Darnell Jenkins, defensive back Terrell Walden and defensive lineman Alton Wright -- also have not been cleared. Walden also was expected to play this season.
Sun-Sentinel: Hurricanes

It doesn't matter that Sinorice Moss is nearly the spitting image of older brother Santana, the former University of Miami All-American receiver. That doesn't entitle him to any special treatment from receivers coach Curtis Johnson. During Thursday's first day of freshman practice, Johnson introduced the 18-year-old Moss to the discipline required to be a UM football player.
The Miami Herald | 08/09/2002 | Sinorice Moss, hoping to match Santana's feats, has rough debut

His teammates call him ''a freak of nature,'' and what Willis McGahee is about to do -- attempt to save the depleted running backs corps of one of the top teams in America by playing nearly every down -- would certainly put him in that category. With former projected starter Frank Gore out at least two more months while recuperating from reconstructive knee surgery, and ailing backup Jarrett Payton not expected to practice today when full-squad two-a-days begin, McGahee might as well put a big ''S'' for Superman under his University of Miami jersey.
The Miami Herald | 08/10/2002 | McGahee steps in to rescue Hurricanes
 

Pittsburgh

Walt Harris left nothing for interpretation Friday when discussing the Pitt quarterback situation. The sixth-year coach said he wants redshirt junior Rod Rutherford to take control of the Panthers' offense this season.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Pitt QB situation once again a mess as camp begins

J.D. Brookhart is looking for a few good men — two, to be exact. The Pitt offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach lost his starting wideouts from last season — Antonio Bryant and R.J. English — to the NFL and is seeking capable replacements.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Wide receiver slot up for grabs
 

Syracuse

Jerry Mackey has serious pedigree. The Syracuse University freshman linebacker is the great nephew of John Mackey, the former Orangeman (1960-62) and Pro Football Hall of Fame member who some consider the greatest tight end to play the game.
Bloodlines

Which freshman has the best chance to play immediately? It could be tight end Brandon Darlington of Downingtown, Pa. With senior David Hohensee apparently losing his fight for another year of eligibility, the Orangemen find themselves with only three other tight ends on the roster - Joe Donnelly, Len Cusumano and Alex Shor. Darlington is a blocker by trade and could be the choice when the Orangemen go to their three tight-end sets.
Freshman QB tries to get up to speed

"It was the happiest day of my life when Coach P told me I was the starter," Anderson said. "It gave me confidence. When you're confident, you're more relaxed, and when you're relaxed you can play a lot better." "We can talk about other things," offensive coordinator George DeLeone said. "For the players, it's nice that they don't have to look over their shoulders anymore and can just concentrate on the ultimate goal of winning. For the coaches, it was never the distraction it was made out to be in the media. It really wasn't. But it will be nice not to have to answer the same questions over and over anymore."
QB controversy now in the past
 

Temple

As Bobby Wallace prepares for his fifth season as Temple's football coach, two familiar questions hover over the program that hasn't had a winning season in the last 11:

• Can the Owls finally win?

• If they do, will anyone care?
Philadelphia Daily News | Owls improving, but will fans give a hoot?

Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech football team strapped on the full pads and engaged in its first serious contact of preseason camp Thursday. The biggest hit of the day? How about the last guy in camp who should be hit? Continuing to prove he's not about to go quietly, bum left knee or not, senior Grant Noel clearly outperformed challenger Bryan Randall in the latest round of competition for Tech's starting quarterback job.
roanoke.com

BLACKSBURG - It didn't take long for Virginia Tech's vaunted tailback tandem to show what it can do.
Kevin Jones busted loose for a 60-yard touchdown on the first play, and Lee Suggs came close to breaking both of his carries for long scores in the Hokies' first preseason scrimmage Saturday at Lane Stadium.
roanoke.com
 

West Virginia

MORGANTOWN — He may or may not be ready to jump in and contribute to West Virginia's football team right from the start. That's a question that will be answered in the next few weeks. What Kelvin Dubouse is ready to do is jump in and resume his football career.
Gazette Online - Kelvin warming up a few degrees
 

Opponent Football - Army loses twenty players off squad

Army

 Twenty players, including four significant contributors from last season, will not be reporting to summer football camp on Aug. 11 and 12. Most of the defections will hardly be noticed since they did not figure prominently in Berry's plans, but the third-year head coach will have to replace starters Emiko Terry (cornerback), C.J. Young (running back) and Derek Jacobs (place-kicker) and standout reserve Ardell Daniels (running back).
Academic losses hurt Army football

Buffalo

With the Bulls coming off a 3-8 season, one that included a 1-7 record in the Mid-American Conference, the staff seeks improvement from the offense, which opponents often abused like third-class mail. The staff seeks stability, consistency, reliability, points and fewer unforced errors, the basis of Lazor's fury.
Buffalo News - Do the math: Offense a priority for UB

Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND -- Spread the word to anyone who has ever dreamed of attending a Notre Dame football game but couldn't find a ticket: Tickets remain available for the Nov. 23 home game against Rutgers.Hundreds of people lined up at the Joyce Center last Tuesday and many others ordered by phone that day when a limited number of Notre Dame 2002 football tickets went on sale to the general public.
SouthBendTribune.com: Rutgers game tickets still available

Tennessee

Quarterbacks:
Casey Clausen looked good today. Suffice it to say that Casey is Casey. He was guilty of throwing an interception but he threw a fade pattern for a TD today as well. CJ Leak has a cannon and his accuracy appeared improved over the spring. He looked good on passes across the middle and on some long balls. James Banks has good mobility and threw some crisp passes today.
InsideTennessee.com -- Vols begin practice

Villanova

The Atlantic 10 Conference held its annual football media day on Thursday, August 1 in Philadelphia. In addition to the two-hour media session, the pre-season predicted order of finish and the pre-season All-Conference teams were announced. Villanova was selected to finish sixth in the pre-season poll as voted on by both the league coaches and media members. The Wildcats return 12 starters and 23 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished in a four-way tie for the league title with a 7-2 conference mark. William & Mary was picked to win the league followed by Maine, Massachusetts, Hofstra and Delaware.
Wildcats Picked Sixth in Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll

 

Big East Basketball

Pittsburgh standout Brandin Knight, the 2001-02 BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year, is one of seven league players on the preseason John Wooden All-America list, it was announced. Joining him on the early chart is Troy Bell (Boston College), Marcus Hatten (St. John's), Emeka Okafor (Connecticut), Darius Rice (Miami), Michael Sweetney (Georgetown) and Chris Thomas (Notre Dame). The group are part of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy, the John R. Wooden Award.
BIGEAST.org: The Official Site of The BIG EAST Conference

The loss of senior shooting guard DeShaun Williams from the Syracuse University basketball team, whether it be for the upcoming fall semester, the entire 2002-03 season or forever, will have a deep impact on the Orangemen.
Loss of Williams weakens defense
 

Baseball

WILMINGTON, DE – Former Rutgers baseball two-time all-American Darren Fenster (Middletown, NJ) was promoted to the Class AA Wichita Wranglers in the Kansas City Royals farm system. Fenster, who spent the majority of the 2002 season playing third base for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, joins former Wilmington and RU teammate David DeJesus (Manalapan, NJ), who was promoted to Wichita Aug. 2.
Fenster Promoted to Class AA Wichita Wranglers

 

Bulletin Boards

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Mike and the Big Dog's Bulletin Boards

 

Fan Feedback

So this year, Gordie Sammis aside, I am generally happy with the way FB recruiting is going.

I was also happy with the way things were going last year.

I know even Florida State has its share of ineligibles, and we are still in the phase where we have to take more gambles because the line is not forming to the right for 5 star players to enter on a first-come first-served basis. But you can't like the Ron Green non-admission, or the fact that Holloway and Brittingham are prepping at destinations which make their re-commitment very unlikely.

I rush to judgment, but on the BB side of recruiting I feel like I am watching the bomb squad trying to deactivate a device and they don't know whether to cut the red wire or the black one. I will bet you a subscription renewal that Gary Waters is still looking under rocks for at least one player after the April signing period.

Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net

 


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