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Let the games begin - Virginia Tech Crushes Arkansas State 63-7

Virginia Tech set a modern record as they scored 56 points in the first half against Arkansas State. The scoring spree broke the previous record of 49 points scored against a "Terry Shea led Rutgers team" in 1999. The deluge was also a Big East record. The Hokies pulled their starters early after the first quarter and were playing walk-ons in the second quarter but seemed to be unable to do anything to keep the score in hand.

BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) - Virginia Tech pushed back its opener a day to avoid a conflict with students moving into their dormitories. Arkansas State probably would have preferred not playing the game at all. The 16th-ranked Hokies erupted for 35 points in the opening 13 minutes and rolled to a 63-7 victory over Arkansas State in the Hispanic College Fund Classic.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Arkansas St at Virginia Tech Game Recap




Davon Clark isn't sure if his absence from the early part of Rutgers' preseason camp cost him a chance to be a starter this season or not. It's really not important anyway, the sophomore defensive tackle said -- at least not compared to the bigger issue involved. He let his teammates down.  "I should have been out there with them from the beginning and I wasn't. That's what bothers me the most. It was no one's fault but mine, either," said the 6-4, 290-pounder from Paterson.
Rutgers: Clark learned a tough lesson

The buzz: How much of a stickler for detail is Greg Schiano? Yesterday, the Knights' second-year coach had his team rehearse singing the Rutgers alma mater with 18 members of the school band and band director Timothy Smith following practice -- just as the players will do after home games this year. A member of the football staff passed out sheets with the words to the Rutgers alma mater to all of the players.
Rutgers: The day at camp


Football - Looking ahead to Villanova

The Villanova University football team begins the 2002 season ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason coaches poll released on Monday, August 20 in a vote conducted by a panel of I-AA coaches and sports information directors.  Villanova returns 12 starters and 23 letterwinners from last year's squad that tallied an 8-3 overall record and a 7-2 Atlantic 10 Conference. The 7-2 league record was good enough for Villanova to earn a share of the conference championship.
Villanova Football Earns Preseason National Ranking :: Wildcat football begins the 2002 season ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason coaches poll

Gary Johnson, one of the few seniors on the defensive side of the football for Villanova, says the goal of the defense this year is to be the "cornerstone" of the Wildcats squad. That's an interesting thought. Over the last couple of years, the Wildcats at times played defense as if they were lugging cornerstones.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/22/2002 | 'Nova hopes younger means better

Sagarin picks Villanova by six


Football Recruiting - A Florida player in RU's sights

Earlier in his career, Moncur learned a lot from watching Peterson, who recorded 26 sacks in his senior season at Carol City. Peterson is now a sophomore at Rutgers. ''Seeing how dedicated [Peterson] was really inspired me to improve,'' Moncur said. ``When he was here, he never missed a day of practice and was always the first one to hit the weight room.''
The Miami Herald | 08/23/2002 | Chiefs are happy Moncur chose football

Basketball Recruiting - A player in RU's sights

One of the top players in Michigan has received very little mention this summer. Prep Spotlight brings you up to date with 6'2 Wing Guard Byron Davis and his recruiting.
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Still, when college administrators and conference officials discuss the possibility of more than 60 major football schools breaking away to form their own association, it's a bit like listening to scientists warn about a meltdown of the polar ice caps. There is enough evidence to believe it could happen, but until it actually does, it's difficult to conceive.

If the flood ever does arrive, however, it would obviously be safer to ride out the rough waters in an ocean liner rather than a row boat. The big ships of the NCAA are Notre Dame and the six Bowl Championship Series conferences — the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC — a group that comprises about 63 schools. Local and National News

Boston College

St. Pierre credited his parents, Luanne and David, and his girlfriend for helping him through that difficult period. ''They were all behind me, supporting me and getting me through times, because they were some tough times for me,'' St. Pierre said. ''I never had not played. I had always been the starter since I was a little kid, in every sport. And that was the first time I was standing there and not being The Guy, and it was really tough for me - really, really tough.''
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Snap decision

The Boston College football team finished preseason camp with a 102-play scrimmage Thursday afternoon in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles will practice once on Friday and again on Saturday before beginning regular game-week preparations on Sunday. BC kicks off the 2002 season at noon on Aug. 31 against Connecticut.
Eagles Scrimmage, Prepare For UConn :: Knight, Dodd combine for 158 yards rushing.


There is a sense that things will be different this year as opposed to last season, when following a somewhat stunning 20-19 win over Rutgers and a 19-0 victory over Eastern Michigan, the Huskies lost the final six games and staggered to a 2-9 finish that left everyone feeling empty.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Forward progress


University of Miami junior linebackers Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams are listed among the nation's top linebackers on the 2002 Butkus Award watch list compiled by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando on Thursday.
UM Places 2 On Butkus Watch List :: Vilma, D.J. Williams among top linebackers heading into 2002 season.


The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Kirkley rushed for a team-best 645 yards on 155 carries with a 4.2-yard average. And, despite being hampered with an ankle injury in the Panthers' final two games, was honored as the ECAC Rookie of the Year. - Pitt's Kirkley, Miree vying for starting tailback job


Syracuse University's Tommy Harris isn't on any magazine covers, but he's turning a few heads. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end from Daytona Beach is probably the least known of the four young players competing at Syracuse to fill the position left by All-America defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Life after Freeney


Temple opens its 104th season of collegiate football Thursday night versus Division I-AA opponent and Atlantic 10 Conference member Richmond. A Division I-A institution is permitted to play a Division I-AA school and have it count toward bowl consideration once every four years. The Owls, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Bobby Wallace, are coming off a their second consecutive 4-7 season. The Spiders, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Jim Reid, are looking to rebound from a 3-8 mark in 2001.
Temple University, Official Athletic Site

West Virginia

MORGANTOWN — When West Virginia opens its season a week from today against Tennessee-Chattanooga, chances are that a few things will be different than they were in Friday's "Beanie Bowl.''
Gazette Online - Script WVU


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"UB was playing very representative college football defense last year as exhibited by production numbers relative to the other teams in the Mid-American Conference and other teams in the country," UB coach Jim Hofher said. "When you can be such a young program like ours is and finish in the upper half of the nation statically after not being in the upper half previously, that's tremendous progress."
Buffalo News - UB bullish about revamped defense

Golf Outing

Hey are you a Rutgers Basket Ball fan?  Do you like golf?  Want to shoot a round with say, Gary Waters or one of his staff?  Here's your opportunity.  The Rutgers Court Club is sponsoring a Golf Outing on Monday October 7, 2002 at the University Golf Course in Piscataway.  Tee off is scheduled for 2PM and is limited to the first 72 RU fans that sign up.  The $150 fee includes dinner.  For $500 you have a chance to be in Gary's foursome and for $300 you can play with Larry, Garland, Kevin, Vince or Stan.  So join the TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM, the Rutgers Court Club and see you on the links.

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Where are they now? Chad Schwenck - this note from a fan

Forgive me if this is old news to you, but the Morning Call announced this
am that Matt Shiels will be Lehigh's starting QB against Buffalo this
Thursday night. Matt is a Junior with only 1 incompleted pass and an 8 yard
run to his credit in mop up roles in his past at Lehigh. The article states
that Chad Schwenk and senior Keven Weschler would be jockeying for #2 for
now. It also stated that each of the QB's had strengths in different areas,
but Matt gets the call against Buffalo. Article also states that "the rest
of the QB's and the team are behind him". I wonder if being beat out by a
Junior with only one incompleted pass to his credit is that much more
acceptable than being beaten by a true freshman....


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