Shawn Seabrooks leaves his national championship ring at home. He said he never wears it and probably never will.
"I see no reason to," said the fifth-year senior. "I didn't play on the field at all and I see no reason to wear another team's ring."
Seabrooks received the ring as a member of the 1998 Tennessee team that defeated Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl. Seabrooks was a freshman back then, arrived to Knoxville via Paterson and sitting out the season as a redshirt.
Seabrooks making up for lost time
As so many New Jersey high school football players choose to do, Paterson Eastside High School graduate Shawn Seabrooks opted not to play collegiate football in his home state and packed his bags for Tennessee.
That was 1998. Now, four years later, Seabrooks is in his third and final year as Rutgers free safety and is trying his best to treat this week's matchup with the Volunteers as just another game in his Scarlet Knight career.
No love lost for Seabrooks
Already facing the likelihood that he will be without his starting quarterback, tailback and right guard for Saturday's game at 11th-ranked Tennessee, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was hit with yet another personnel setback yesterday when strong safety Nate Colon went AWOL from the team.
"I have no idea where he is," Schiano said after practice. "We haven't been able to reach him."
Colon disappears without a trace
When asked what the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium scoreboard might show by the second quarter Saturday night, Rutgers University athletic director Bob Mulcahy cringed.
"Don't think I haven't thought about it that way," Mulcahy said Tuesday. "It's very frustrating. I've thought about it all season."
The Scarlet Knights have a good idea of what No. 11 Tennessee can do to them on the football field. The end result may not be worth the $750,000 appearance fee the school is receiving for making the trip to Knoxville.
Did they Volunteer to do this?
Rutgers starting quarterback Ted Trump is still hobbled by a sprained ankle, so it appears that Ryan Cubit will get the nod this Saturday when the Scarlet Knights play at Tennessee. Cubit started the season opener against Villanova but was replaced by Trump for the next three games against Buffalo, Army and Pittsburgh.
Trump was slated to start against the Volunteers, but his injury is not coming around.
Trump's injury might force Cubit back into starting quarterback role
The Big Upset - 1979 Rutgers defeated Tennessee
Bill Marren had to rub his eyes. That couldn't be Rutgers defensive end Dino Mangiero in the middle of the field, in the middle of this game against Tennessee doing push-ups, waiting for Marren and the rest of the Volunteers to break the offensive huddle.
"He was so fired up I think he was part of our backfield," Marren said.
A carpe-diem feeling apparently had overcome Rutgers on this November day in 1979.
"We were a bunch of guys who didn't care who was supposed to win, who weren't afraid of a little history, and who were ready to get physical," said former Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Deron Cherry, then a Rutgers safety. "We just lined up to the play the game."
'79 upset of Volunteers still Rutgers' finest hour
Ben Byrd never played a down for or against Rutgers, but his name will always be linked to an upset that remains the biggest in the school's football history.
All Byrd did to earn his place in Rutgers lore was make a prediction the day of the Scarlet Knights' Nov. 3, 1979 game at Tennessee, just as he had done for every game the Vols played during his lengthy tenure as sports editor of the now-defunct Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal.
Looking back to Tennessee in 1979
Some Rutgers football players shed tears of joy in the locker room after the game. Scarlet Knights wide receiver Tim Odell was knocked unconscious making a catch, swallowed his tongue and still managed to hold onto the ball. Freshman teammate Tony Cella, an offensive lineman, was carried from the field with a broken leg and pumped his fists defiantly into the air, exhorting anyone on his side to keep the faith. And when defensive back Mark Pineiro tipped away a last-ditch pass by 17th-ranked Tennessee as the final seconds ticked off the clock, 84,265 fans were never so silent at Neyland Stadium.
Their beloved Volunteers had lost to Rutgers 13-7 on Nov. 3, 1979. It was arguably the greatest victory in the history of Rutgers football, one of only three against an opponent ranked in the Top 20.
Playing Tennessee brings back memories of 1979 upset for Rutgers
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High School Prospects
Recruiting guru Dennis McCarthy, who rates New Jersey's best seniors and passes on his evaluations to colleges, ranks 15 South Jersey players among his top 50: Woodrow Wilson two-way end Claude "Turk" McBride, ranked No. 2 overall; Delsea two-way end James Stevenson, No. 3; Holy Cross wideout James Townsend, No. 4; Audubon quarterback Joe Flacco, No. 8; Moorestown running back Albert Young, No. 10; Camden Catholic linebacker Joe Kedra, No. 11; Kingsway two-way back/wide receiver Dorien Bryant, No. 14; Lower Cape May two-way lineman Josh Eames, No. 20.
Collingswood football novice looks more like a natural
Around the Big East
Ken Dorsey complained about Boston College to his teammates, his coaches, even the referees. On Wednesday, the Miami Hurricanes quarterback stated his case publicly. Dorsey was hurried repeatedly, sacked once and knocked down several times in top-ranked Miami's 38-6 win over the Eagles on Saturday. Four days later, he said many of the hits were cheap shots.
Dorsey accuses Eagles of late hits: 'I just hate Boston College'
If Iowa State coach Dan McCarney and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer were at any other school, with any other athletics director or president during their tenures, then they probably would have handed in their headsets years ago.
Waiting for wins pays for Iowa State, Virginia Tech
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