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PISCATAWAY - Lined up along the sidelines during warm-ups, Rutgers recruits smiled. Later, seated at the 50-yard line, they continued to smile. Sure, the school courting them was being humiliated by a lesser team Saturday night, but these future Scarlet Knights already know the Piscataway party line: Everything's going to be OK. "Ranked teams lose to unranked teams," said Lawrence High School running back Orlando Kane, who has verbally committed to Rutgers. "We all know it's going to be a process. We saw the team played hard and that's what matters."
NorthJersey.com - College Sports

Big East Football

No one can accuse the Big East teams of filling their schedules with patsies this week. In a three-day stretch, six teams will go head-to-head against foes from other BCS conferences, making this an interesting week to see how the league stacks up against the other powers. "This is a big week," Temple coach Bobby Wallace said. "I think our conference, starting with last week and Virginia Tech's victory against LSU, continues to prove it is as good as any conference in the country."
Big East: Week 2 opponents are not for the weak

Rasheed Marshall merits a curtain call for his debut as West Virginia's starting quarterback, and he needs a strong season for the Mountaineers to ascend from the bottom tier of the Big East and challenge Boston College, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse in the middle.
Playing 2½ quarters of a 56-7 win over Chattanooga, the sophomore earned conference Offensive Player of the Week honors by completing 16 of 22 passes for 163 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and rushing 12 times for 42 yards.
NorthJersey.com - Football

 Virginia Tech's victory over Louisiana State was followed by some more good news for Hokie football fans.
Tech received commitments over the weekend from a pair of SuperPrep All-Americans, offensive lineman Tripp Carroll from Jacksonville, Fla., and tight end Jon Kinzer from Group AAA Division 6 champion Robinson High School of Fairfax.
Hokies pick up two verbals


National Football

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami reclaimed sole possession of the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday, two days after a lopsided win over Division I-AA Florida A&M. The Hurricanes received 34 first-place votes, seven more than last week, when they were tied at No. 1 with Oklahoma. The Sooners were second with 21 first-place votes and 1,744 points, 39 less than Miami.
SportingNews.com - College Football : Hurricanes alone at No. 1 in AP poll

CBS Sportsline's Rankings



USA Today Poll - Tech grabs 10th places



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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More on 'Nova

Sorry that I have to say this, but Terry Shea beat Villanova. Terry Shea sucked big time. Yes, Villanova had the opportunity to get better in the intervening time, and so did we. They got better much more than we did, and had less of a framework to do it in. The hype has been bullshit to date. So now best case for 2002 becomes 2-10. Best case. 85 scholarship players versus 63. Tell me more about strength, conditioning and mental outlook and what it means to success. I don't know what bottom is anymore, but if this isn't thrashing around in the sediments, I don't know what is. I need a snorkel just to see what is above the mudline. Schedule a Div 1AA team to give you a "W", and then humiliate yourself. I think we need to pick Kean if we want to start the season out right, and then hope the injury bug hits them in summer camp. I honestly thought we could win by two touchdowns, and I am not a "homer". If Villanova can score in the upper 30s, I guess we shouldn't be surprised if we are on the short end of 83-7 again this year - the opponent really won't matter. Another year of f-ing blowouts. How many in succession will that be? Anybody have an abacus? What does it matter when it is accustomed behavior? Hey Bob Mulcahy, don't forget to demand a surcharge for premium seats to watch the carnage - you can still find a few masochists with mad money. Another f-ing year of waiting for something to happen. Who has the patience for this crap? Maybe if we expect improvement in geologic time, like the advance of the next Ice Age, we won't experience disappointment.

Don't  despair

I don't see this result as well as a probable poor season as a reason for Rutgers to give up on football. Much of what we are
seeing now has to do with the administration making big-time noises for most of the last 30 years and doing next to NOTHING to make big time football (and basketball a reality). For me big time football became a reality when we finally had a decent sized stadium to play in in 1995.

More on "don't despair"

Firstly, keep up the good work!
Secondly, I think that its time that those of us who have become overly "committed" to following the program take a step back and relax.
I am a Rutgers fan, and I've lived with the disappointment and mediocrity of the football program for years myself. I am upset by the Villanova loss as well. Unfortunately, many of us don't know what it takes to change the culture of a losing team not only on the pitch, but in the classroom, with the media (local and national) and with the fans. They have become accustomed to losing year in and year out, and so have we.

Schiano hit the ground running when he moved to the banks, and many of us (myself included) thought he could perform miracles overnight. We expected him to take a team with third rate talent and turn them into a Big East championship caliber squad within his first two or three seasons. Unfortunately, we fail to appreciate the task that the coaches face, particularly given that Rutgers has no foundation to fall back on. No core values and discipline. Poor academics. Mass defections of key players. No tradition!
Greg Schiano inherited a program filled with blight, and I believe that he taking the necessary steps to put us on the right path. It's a work in progress. And as we've witnessed first hand, this process has no defined time line.
Though I share much of the frustration that many of your members have expressed on your message board, we need to give Schiano a REAL chance.
He can make us proud. I believe it!  

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