In the 2002 BIG EAST opener for both teams, Rutgers and Pittsburgh will meet for the 20th time in a series that began in 1981. The teams have met every season since 1985. The Panthers, who hold a 16-3 edge in the series, have won the last three meetings. The last Rutgers win in the series was on October 21, 1998 when the Scarlet Knights posted a 25-21 come-from-behind victory at Pitt Stadium. That was also the last time Rutgers won a BIG EAST road game. Since BIG EAST play began in 1991, Rutgers is 3-8 vs. the Panthers. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 44-0 Homecoming win over Army while the Panthers are coming off a 26-20 victory at UAB. Rutgers is playing its first road game of the season and its first-ever game at Heinz Field. The Scarlet Knights received 230 passing yards from senior QB Ted Trump and 129 yards on the ground from true freshman RB Markis Facyson in the win over Army. Facysons 129 yards is a Rutgers record for a true freshman.
RUTGERS (1-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) at PITTSBURGH (2-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano finally found a solution to the running back-by-committee epidemic.
Schiano platooned three backs last season with little success; none of the three had more than 400 yards and the team finished with a paltry 2.5 yards-per-carry average.
Yet this season opened the same way, with three running backs listed as the co-starters on the depth chart and Schiano holding on to the hope that one would separate himself from the pack. Enter Markis Facyson.
Schiano names Facyson undisputed starter at RB
Rutgers football foursome gets stay
The four Rutgers football players who ran afoul of the police this summer got another stay of judgment.
Rutgers football notebook
The Rutgers football story never seems to change.
A new coach comes in, promises to rebuild the program, talks about the potential within the program and shares his vision of the Scarlet Knights playing for conference and national titles.
Then, after four or five seasons of futility, the coach is fired or asked to resign and is replaced by another coach who comes in and promises that he is the one to lead the Scarlet Knights to national prominence.
Never ending: Rutgers always seems to be rebuilding, this time under Schiano
Finally something to cheer about in Piscataway. Quarterback Ted Trump threw three touchdown passes and tailback Markis Facyson rushed for 129 yards in a 44-0 win over Army at Rutgers Stadium. Facyson set a school record for freshmen with his performance
Suggs, Jones aim to avoid Wrecking Crew
Especially when he looks around and sees the plight of former co-worker Greg Schiano, now the head coach at Rutgers. Both were assistants under Davis. And Schiano was in line to take over UM after Davis left. But when the Rutgers job opened, before Davis moved to the Cleveland Browns, Schiano jumped.
Tale of two coaches
Scarlet Knights junior guard Nikki Jett will not be in uniform for Rutgers during the upcoming 2002-03 season, as the women's basketball team announced her departure Tuesday.
According to a published report by The Star Ledger, the 5'8", Columbia, SC native failed out of Rutgers and will enter a junior college to improve her grades. Jett hopes to return to the Banks after she pulls her grades up.
Jett takes hiatus because of grades
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Whenever anyone finds out Rob Petitti grew up in Rumson, they invariably ask the same two questions.
First, of course, they want to know how close his house was to Bruce Springsteen's.
"About a quarter-mile away," Petitti said. "We actually used to live on the same street."
Rumson's Petitti big-timer at Pitt
Rob Petitti is the kind of player who can raise the blood pressure of some Rutgers football fans. In frustration. It's not that the 6-foot-6, 335-pound redshirt sophomore is doing so well as the starting left tackle for Pittsburgh. It's that Rutgers never offered him a scholarship when he was playing at Rumson-Fair Haven High School.
He's another Jersey kid who too easily got away.
Pitt's Petitti another example of one that got away from Rutgers
South Carolina's Lou Holtz has coached 356 college football games, with six programs in 31 seasons. He's won 234 times (with seven ties). His first victory? In 1969, William & Mary opened at Temple Stadium and beat George Makris' Owls, 7-6.
Twenty-six months later he brought the Tribe back to Philadelphia, where they lost to Wayne Hardin's second Temple team, 17-13.
Saturday night, Holtz's Gamecocks will host the Owls. Both teams are 1-2, trying to halt two-game losing streaks.
Games against Owls distant memory for Holtz
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black head coaches at Division I-A football programs can't be ignored this week.
Not when half the black coaches at college football's highest level will be on the sidelines, coaching against each other Saturday in a game of national importance.
University administrators can't approach the subject blithely (or blindly), anymore.
Lack of black college coaches a major issue
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