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The 6'7" 220 pounder is sort of reserved in person but you'll all like his work effort on the court where he gives 120% all the time.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- Rutgers Announces Hill

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Adrian Hill, a 6-7, 225-pound forward from McKinley High School in Canton, OH has become the fourth member of Rutgers University men's basketball's 2002 recruiting class, it was announced by head coach Gary Waters today.
Adrian Hill Commits to Scarlet Knights

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This year Adrian averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds. He can score inside and out and is a bull on the boards.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- Double Secret Recruit



Former Grady High School, Brooklyn, New York, shooting guard supreme, fifth year man, Quincy Douby gave Rutgers Coach Gary Waters a memorable third of September as he has decided to attend Rutgers University for the fall of 2003.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- DOUBY DOES

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Douby might be the best long-range shooter in the 2003 class. "Quincy is going to be like any other player we have here," Quinn said. "He is going to have to work hard and study hard here."
SportingNews.com - College Basketball : Recruiting Dish: Quinn has been giving St. Thomas more for years

But of course his strength is still shooting the ball, he is one of those kids that as soon as he crosses half court a defender better be on him or else it could be trouble.
Quincy Douby

After the first round of the summer camps period, here's Mark Mayemura's updated ranking of the top high school senior shooting guards:
ESPN.com: RECRUITING - Top Shooting Guards

Douby is a lights out shooter like few others in the class of 2002. Solid off the bounce, but deadly spotting up beyond the arc.

Douby, a member of Grady's 2000-01 PSAL champions, led the Falcons back to the semifinals last season averaging 35 ppg. Among his top performances were scoring outbursts of 64 (16 three-pointers) and 63 (an amazing 18-of-21 beyond the arc) points that rank among the nation's top five marks for 2001-02.
Yet another verbal online - www.ezboard.com


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PISCATAWAY - Adrian Hill, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, has become the fourth member of Rutgers University men's basketball 2002 recruiting class head coach Gary Waters announced today.
Ohio basketball stalwart Hill commits to Rutgers

Adrian Hill, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from tradition-rich McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, has enrolled at Rutgers University and will play for the Scarlet Knights this season, coach Gary Waters announced Tuesday.
Daily Record Sports - Scarlet Knights add forward Hill after Hughes opts for California



His father is the offensive coordinator, but that might not buy any job security for Rutgers quarterback Ryan Cubit. With the hangover still lingering from Saturday's stunning 37-19 home loss to 1-AA Villanova, coach Greg Schiano yesterday said he is weighing a change at quarterback.
Rutgers: Schiano considers a change at quarterback

Like Greg Schiano, Buffalo coach Jim Hofher is in Year Two of a massive rebuilding project. Also like Schiano, his team was a loser at home to a 1-AA team in its opener last week. The similarities end there, however, since the Bulls are one of the few opponents Rutgers has dominated recently, with the Knights winning both meetings by a combined score of 90-15. The former star quarterback at Cornell discussed the coming Rutgers game yesterday.
Rutgers: 1-AA loss no fun at Buffalo, either

The team's offensive problems, however, are widespread and stem largely from a lack of consistency aided by injury. The good news is that Tres Moses and Aaron Martin practiced at close to full speed yesterday, and Moses is expected to start in Saturday's game. Martin, who sat out against Villanova, is still questionable.
The Trentonian

PISCATAWAY - Maybe it would have seemed like piling on. As Rutgers gets ready to host Buffalo on Saturday night in the Frustration Bowl, no one brought up the name Chad Schwenk at yesterday's weekly press conference with coach Greg Schiano. Even as Rutgers' second-year football coach conceded that quarterback was one of 18 starting positions under personnel evaluation this week, Chad Schwenk's name never arose.
Despite frustration, Schiano sticks to plan

PISCATAWAY - Greg Schiano knows he irks some people. And that these people get particularly peeved when he's acting calm. Especially if the composure comes after a 37-19 whipping - his words - at the hands of Division I-AA Villanova. "That's the one thing that gets people angry with me," the Rutgers football coach said Tuesday. "It's that I don't come in to the general fan, general public and change everything, and say the sky is falling. I don't feel that way."
NorthJersey.com - College Sports

PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano said the only spots secure on his offense after Saturday's 37-19 loss to Division I-AA Villanova are center (Marty Pyszczymuka), right guard (Brian Duffy) and tight end (L.J. Smith).  The Scarlet Knights (0-1) host Buffalo (0-1) this Saturday at 7 p.m. While Schiano's statement definitely falls short of saying there's going to be a massive shake-up, starting quarterback Ryan Cubit was conspicuously absent from his list. It's the first time Schiano has shown any signs of considering replacing him.
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Football Recruiting - Student Sports Top 100

Here is the preseason Student Sports Hot 100 Football Recruit List. This list is based on evaluation and college potential, not on high school achievement, accomplishment or honors. Players are ranked by position.
StudentSports.com -- Student Sports Hot 100 Football Recruits


Villanova looks back at Rutgers

Villanova coach Andy Talley never has been a big fan of games against opponents from Division I-A, but the Wildcats may have convinced him to change his opinion last night.  Brett Gordon threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore Terry Butler, filling the big shoes left behind at tailback by Brian Westbrook, rushed for 121 yards and the clinching score, lifting the Division I-AA Wildcats to a stunning 37-19 upset over Rutgers.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/01/2002 | A stellar 'Nova scores an upset over Rutgers


Looking ahead to Buffalo

The player UB might wrap the program around is tight end Chad Bartoszek. He's been under everybody's nose for the better part of six years, going back to his days as a gangly receiver at Salamanca High. It's almost like he's standing alone in the end zone, waving his arms, hoping the quarterback will see him before getting sacked. He's 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, so it's not like he's been hiding.
Buffalo News - UB needs a star player for recognition


Football Recruiting - Holloway Recommits

Rutgers has secured a pledge from offensive lineman Haines Holloway, from Camden Woodrow Wilson and Hargrave Military Academy.  Haines is 6-2 and weighs 290 pounds.  He is the 7th player to commit to the Scarlet Knights for the Class of 2003.
Rutgers Lands Haines Holloway


Big East Football - Temple gets ready for Oregon State

Temple, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Bobby Wallace, and Oregon State, under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Dennis Erickson, meet Thursday evening in a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Franklin Field. The Owls and Beavers are both coming off Thursday evening victories against Division I-AA opponents at home on August 29. The Owls defeated Richmond, 34-7, at Franklin Field and the Beavers defeated Eastern Kentucky, 49-10, at Reser Stadium. Although both Temple and Oregon State won its games handily, penalties proved problematic. Temple committed nine penalties for 75 yards against Richmond and Oregon State committed 14 penalties for 167 yards versus Eastern Kentucky. OSU is currently ranked No. 35 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls.
Temple University, Official Athletic Site


Women's Basketball

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Mya Ferguson has joined the Rutgers women's basketball staff as Coordinator of Basketball Operations, head coach C. Vivian Stringer has announced. Ferguson will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks within the RU women's basketball program, including budget, team travel, equipment, community relations, development of camp programs, and working as a liaison with the marketing and promotions staff.
Ferguson Added to Women's Basketball Staff

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.

For information email sdw@lawroth.com


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More on 'Nova

If Rutgers does not beat buffalo I am giving my season tickets and never want to hear about Rutgers football again. that was a # disgrace I am wear a brown bag over my head this sat with a some of my friends. go RU ?

More upset fans

About the game. I guess I'm speechless. I went to my first RU game
when I was 8 I'm 40 now and have never been so disappointed. I left after
they went up 31-19 and didn't realize till I got to the car that it got
worse. On the way home I made up my mind to never go to another game and
find a new team. I just hope that time heals b/c that one hurt. I just
hope things get better. They have to have a better QB there somewhere.
Cubit is not good.

On the positive side

Hey Mike,

WOW. I'm really surprised by the fact that so many fans had such high expectations for Rutgers football this season. Yes, losing to a 1-AA program is embarrassing, surprising, and very hard to believe. Let's face it though, Schiano began his new role from scratch with arguably the WORST 1-A program in the country. It is completely unreasonable to expect much of a turn around in the second season. Good 1-A programs do NOT play a large number of sophomores and freshman - they groom them and allow them to develop physically. It will be fair to judge/evaluate Schiano four years into his tenure. If he's losing to 1-AA teams in his 4th season at the helm, I'll be the first to jump on the "get rid of Schiano" bandwagon. Let's let these new recruits become Juniors and Seniors with two to three years of experience under their belts before claiming that the sky is falling. Let them make their mistakes now so that they can learn to avoid making the same mistakes down the road. Reality check: 3 wins would be a moral victory this season.

More the positive side

 I am not surprised by the negative articles which were written following the loss to Villanova. Those people who bashed the football program have convinced a minority of pessimistic fans to " abandon ship" and to give up on Rutgers football for ever. Excellent points of view. The heck with this crap...why waste our money and time when we can stay home and criticize the team, the university, the state ,from our chairs while watching the elite programs on TV? Same old Rutgers football. Really bad right?? Nope..! same old Rutgers fans that love to find everything they can wrong with the team and coaching so they can proudly vent there unhappiness as publicly and as often as possible which does absolutely no good in the long run but possibly deter some possible recruits from committing to an up &coming program at Rutgers. I've read the articles. I've been a "Loyal" fan for 20 years but enough is enough.......I've been a fan for 31 years and I've had it! Drop the program down to a lower division.....All those proud ,loyal fans who can no longer wait for an improved team at the Banks of the Raritan......PLEASE do the rest of us a huge favor......Start following a successful program where you can safely sit and cheer to your hearts content. There are many top ten teams to choose from...and some day when Schiano and RU makes the next step to the next level and is a respected eastern powerhouse...you can pretend as you proudly boast that you were always a "true and loyal fan" who always knew that Rutgers was going to make it! By the way..42 years of Rutgers football and I am a Loyal Son forever and yes, we will make it to the elite sooner than later! Go Rutgers!!
Looking forward to the rest of the season ! Glenn

Another fan who'll hang in

To quote Thomas Paine: "These are the times that try men's souls." Things were terrible Saturday, but it doesn't excuse giving up on the future. This situation is where the "Loyal Sons" have to stand up and be counted. You don't have to like what happened or be a "Pollyanna", but you must remain loyal. Bitch & moan, but support. What would have happened to the American Revolution if the "summer soldiers and sunshine patriots" all quit on George Washington. Things are not good right now, but Greg is here and needs our support.

And finally an explanation for Mike Barr's excellence

Mike, I think you've captured the pulse of the fans in your feedback (Sandy
Cohen's article was right on). I've had season tickets for 25 years and have
never attended a more devastating loss. We were outplayed in every facet of
the game except punting (I guess having to punt about 10 times a game for the
past few seasons hones our skills there), and our coaches were thoroughly
confused by an excellent Villanova game plan. Our OL never seemed to adjust
to their multiple blitzes and stunts, and when they did Cubit managed to
throw his traditional "one-hoppers" or drill the receiver's shoelaces. He is
just not a Division 1 QB and never will be, although I have no hopes that
this will be recognized by any of the coaching staff.

I'm about as low as I ever have been. I just don't have the illusion that
this program will go anywhere. For all of the hype on the Schiano era, the
results are the same. And remember, at least Terry Shea beat Villanova.

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