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The first Rutgers Touchdown Club meeting will be Thursday night
September 5th at 7pm at the Hale Center. Doors open at 6pm. The Event is open to all Touchdown Club members. If you are not a member you can join that night. Looking forward to a great first meeting and a successful 2002 season.


Tom Lucci was on-line tonight last night answering questions for Rutgers fans. Please check the dialog.
Tom Lucci - Chat

Rutgers enters its second season under head coach Greg Schiano bigger, stronger, more experienced and more comfortable with the staff and the playbook. What remains to be seen is whether that will translate to more victories.

The phone call that changed L.J. Smith's athletic career and gave Rutgers one of the best offensive players in the school's history came shortly after the 1998 season ended. Terry Shea, then the Knights head coach, was kicking around some personnel ideas with his staff in the off-season when Smith's name came up for discussion.
A promising athlete who sat out as a freshman because of academics that fall, Smith was a standout tight end and linebacker at nearby Highland Park High School. But he was recruited strictly as a defensive player.
College football preview: Good call on L.J.

After breaking down tapes of Villanova's offense for about a week now, Greg Schiano probably has a better idea of why Wildcats coach Andy Talley was so willing to exchange all 11 of his team's game films from last season with Rutgers.
It seemed like a gracious enough gesture -- one that saved Schiano's staff considerable time and aggravation. Just one problem: There isn't a single frame on any of those tapes that doesn't prominently feature Brian Westbrook, last year's winner of the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in Division 1-AA.
Plays guessing game vs. Villanova

My favorite sports line comes, naturally, from my favorite sports figure. It's Pete Carril espousing his philosophy when he laughs, "What's the good of being Spanish if you don't tilt at windmills?"
Maybe there is no Quixote in Greg Schiano, but there could be a bit of the bearing of Caesar.
Somehow, I almost can hear the Rutgers football coach saying, "What's the good of being Italian if you don't know Rome wasn't built in a day?"
In Year 2, Rutgers' Schiano continues `The Process'


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Around New Jersey

John Rochford of Mainland High in Atlantic County, considered among the best high school linemen in the area, has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Miami.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Rochford told the Miami coaching staff of his decision late Saturday. During the spring, he had made unofficial visits to Miami and Penn State.
Mainland lineman picks Miami

Around the Big East

Avon Cobourne only talks about records when others do. He'll be talking a lot soon.
By mid-October, Cobourne should be first in the all-time rushing ranks at West Virginia.
The senior needs 632 yards to break Amos Zereoue's career record of 4,086 set from 1996 to 1998.
"The only time I think about it is when people think about it," Cobourne said. "I think it's going to happen, because I think our team is so good. Other than that, I don't think about it."
Cobourne staying modest on way to W. Va. rushing record

Around the Nation

ESPN analyst Lee Corso proclaimed last week that LSU will play for the national championship. That left third-year Tigers coach Nick Saban incredulous.
"I don't want anybody to think I don't like Lee Corso," Saban said with a dry smile. "But I would think there are a lot of teams in this country that you could make a good argument for that would have a better chance to win a national championship than we would."
Promising LSU hits hurdle right out of gate

As Brigham Young prepares to start its season tonight hosting Syracuse, one thing is clear: The Cougars don't want to pick up where they left off.
A 12-0 start in 2001 that had them hoping for an at-large bid to a BCS bowl dissolved with losses to Hawaii (when they allowed 72 points) then to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl after the BCS snubbed them.
In a way, they can't pick up where they left off, anyway. Personnel losses on both sides of the ball, including the departure of Doak Walker Award-winning running back Luke Staley and quarterback Brandon Doman, make the Cougars a work in progress
BYU wants effort from start to finish

BCS spit ou

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