The Rutgers University football team will be seen on TV a minimum of five times this season, including a national appearance on NBC.
The first TV appearance for Greg Schianos squad will be its Homecoming contest vs. Army on September 14th at 7:00 pm. The game will air on Fox Sports New York.
RUs first road game of 2002 will air on September 21st at Pittsburgh on WWOR as part of the BIG EAST Game of the Week package.
RU Football Announces Broadcast Schedule
Of the three, Aaron was never supposed to be the athlete. He was so gangly, so uncoordinated. And every time George Jr. or Ben would pick on him, Aaron's only defense would be to run to his dad.
"No, we never thought Aaron would amount to much athletically," George Martin said of his youngest son. "But now it's like the Corleone family, he's become the heir apparent."
And just like in Mario Puzo's saga The Godfather, the least-expected son seems to have morphed into the greatest successor to his father's athletic acclaim.
Making a name for himself
The Scarlet Knights may have gotten a reprieve from the sweltering sun Monday afternoon, but no one was particularly happy about it. Coach Greg Schiano sent his players into the locker room after only an hour of practice, disappointed by their apparent lack of energy.
Schiano began to get upset about 10 minutes earlier, when he witnessed two turnovers during a skeletal drill involving the running backs and both sets of linemen.
"Start the whole period over," Schiano yelled. "Two offsides and two fumbles, we're starting all over."
Schiano sends team to the showers
Brian Bender. The senior linebacker leaped in front of tight end Bryan Boehrer and made a gorgeous pick of a sharp, up-the-middle pass from backup quarterback Teddy Trump.
To the team. Schiano made you redo your practice-ending huddle in the morning. You should have known enthusiasm was going to be big in the afternoon.
As cornerback Nate Jones steps out of a tub of ice water and into the Hale Center parking lot, his voice drips with enthusiasm while the cold water drips down his toned biceps. Nothing, it seems, is going to bother him.
The blistering heat?
"You don't feel it. When you get past a certain degree, it's just hot."
Defensive backs ready to step up
On the second day of freshmen preseason camp, Rutgers wideout Shawn Tucker sprinted toward the end zone for a pass from quarterback Anthony Cali. The throw looked a bit long, but Tucker used full extension to make a one-handed, left-handed grab which drew polite, golf gallery-like applause from spectators. They weren't the only ones noticing the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder out of Parkland, Fla.
Speedy Tucker might make an impact this season for Rutgers
Keep an eye on: Clarence Pittman. The sophomore tailback once ran for 368 yards in a single high school game. That's nearly as much as Dennis Thomas, Rutgers' leading rusher in 2001, gained all of last season. Pittman sat out 2001 for academic reasons, but appears a good bet to open 2002 in the starting backfield.
Rutgers looks to rebound from dismal '01
On Friday, August 9th, I had the opportunity to attend the Rutgers Football Kick-Off Celebration. In addition to the Rutgers football players, there were a number of the Rutgers prospects .
Rutgers Football Kick-Off Celebration
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Around the Big East
Syracuse University backup quarterback Cecil Howard is transferring, apparently because he is unwilling to sit for two more seasons behind junior starter R.J. Anderson.
Howard was participating in preseason football practice with the Orangemen when he abruptly decided to transfer over the weekend. Howard left campus on Sunday.
Howard Cuts Out
Is Miami the Tiger Woods of the Big East? Are the Hurricanes the class of the conference, running away from the rest of the league and becoming the standard by which all other teams are measured? A look at recent history says yes.
Larry Coker's team led the league in scoring offense, scoring defense, pass efficiency, pass efficiency defense, turnover margin and at least six other major categories in his first season and allowed only 55 points in conference play. Ken Dorsey led the league in passing yards, passing efficiency and total offense last year and is back for more this year. The defense posted three shutouts in conference play by a combined score of 158-0.
Searching for a challenger for Miami
It wasn't long ago that the Big East was being ridiculed as the Big Least and the conference's coaches were regularly forced to defend the quality of play in the nascent league.
Start with defending national champion Miami, whose fall from national prominence in the mid-90s created a drag for the entire conference. The Hurricanes, arguably the best team in college football for each of the past two seasons, have bounced back and so has the league.
'Canes plan to stay on top of improving Big East
Ah, its good to be the Canes.
After convincingly winning a national championship, Miami lost five players to the first round of the NFL draft in April. Yet the stars are still aligned. Heisman Trophy finalist Ken Dorsey is back. Protecting him are All-America candidates Brett Romberg and Sherko Haji-Rasouli. And if standout tailback Frank Gore doesnt come back from a torn ACL, its nice to have Jarrett Payton, Walters son, in reserve
Miami well-equipped to win Big East
Obviously frustrated at last month's ABCD camp, Louie McCroskey was ready to get this whole college basketball recruiting thing over quickly. A change in the NCAA rules that forced McCroskey to delay his decision, and an outstanding showing in the Adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas, however, made a huge difference.
Yesterday, the 6-3 swingman from St. Raymond's verbally committed to play for Syracuse.
St. Ray's guard picking Orange
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com