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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.


Villanova restored its football team in 1985 following a four-year absence, and chose to do so at the Division I-AA level. Since that time the Wildcats have played Division I-A programs seven times.
UPHILL BATTLE?, Division I-AA Villanova realizes what it will face tomorrow at Rutgers

Bob Mulcahy's nature isn't to make waves. But the idiocy of having the athletic director office miles away from the athletic department, well, that was enough to prompt action.
New on the job in 1998, and with no experience running a major college athletics organization, Mulcahy knew the university couldn't prosper doing business this way. So he packed up his desk, moved it to the Rutgers Athletic Center, and plopped it down the only place he could find space - in the hallway.
Commitment is Schiano's key to RU transformation

The decision about who winds up as Rutgers' starting tailback in the season opener tomorrow night against Villanova at Rutgers Stadium might just come down to how much agita head coach Greg Schiano has the moments prior to the kickoff.
After putting the finishing touches on his team's preparations for the Wildcats with a 75-minute practice in the bubble yesterday, Schiano said he still hasn't made up his mind on who the tailback starter will be, and might not make a decision until the kickoff.
Schiano will go with gut in naming starting tailback

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Around New Jersey

Hun football coach Dave Dudeck knows it's going to take something big to compete with defending state Prep `A' champion Peddie and perennial power Blair Academy.
Need big? Jeff Zuttah isn't a bad place to start.
A 6-foot-4, 275-pound postgraduate from J.P. Stevens, who benches 420 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, Zuttah has already received offers from over a dozen Division I-A schools.
Lineman Zuttah a big addition to Hun

Around the Big East

Gerald Hayes of Pittsburgh was asked to play a different position midway through his collegiate career, and the Paterson resident developed into a big hit at middle linebacker.
Vinny Ciurciu of Boston College was asked to play a different position midway through his collegiate career, and the Paramus
North Jersey linebackers make huge impact the the middle

Shaky at the beginning last night in a nonleague game against Richmond at Franklin Field, the Temple football team overcame a few early errors and put the Division I-AA Spiders away with ease in the season opener for both squads.
With 15,329 fans on hand, the Owls scored 21 unanswered second-half points to turn a six-point halftime lead into a 34-7 victory in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Richmond, which plays in the Atlantic Ten Conference, went 3-8 in 2001.
Owls snare Spiders

Avon Cobourne rests on the sidelines during a recent scrimmage at Mountaineer Field. To the average fan, he's inconspicuous, wearing No. 1 on his jersey instead of his customary No. 22.
He'll stay with No. 22 during the regular season. By mid-October, he should be first in the all-time rushing ranks at West Virginia.
The senior, from Holy Cross High, needs 632 yards to break Amos Zereoue's career record of 4,086 set from 1996 to 1998.
Cobourne races toward record book

Around the Nation

Another season, and here he is again. There is gray in Joe Paterno's tousle of hair, but it hasn't yet overtaken the black. He walks up to 30 miles a week, does some push-ups, some sit-ups, a few curls with a couple of 15-pound barbells, and it has kept him fit and trim. Seventy-five years old never looked so good.
'It might be nice if I could make it to 80'

Between the lines: Sooners' bid for second national championship in three years begins as they unveil what figures to be one of nation's most dominant defenses. Their line, featuring DT Tommie Harris and DE Jimmy Wilkerson, will make life difficult for Tulsa QB Tyler Gooch and RB Eric Richardson, both hoping to rebound from injury-plagued 2001 season. OU fans will be closely watching QB Jason White, also returning from injury. Expect RB Quentin Griffin to get many early touches as White settles back into game speed. Golden Hurricanes LB Michael Dulaney, who transferred from Oklahoma, will play an inspired game. But he can't stop Sooners single-handedly.
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