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The Touchdown club will be holding a meeting on Thursday, October 10th at 7:00PM. The doors open at 6:00PM. Those who want to join are welcome.
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Football

The spread offense has become the rage in college football over the past four years, with Purdue and Oklahoma both vaulting themselves into the national picture soon after abandoning the classic two-back, two-receiver set.
But the no-huddle spread is the pure brainchild of West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez first came up with the offense 12 years ago while coaching at Division II Glenville State. He said he based it on the run n' shoot popularized by Mouse Davis with the Houston Oilers, but wanted his offense to have a rushing component as well.
Will W. Virginia attack confuse Rutgers defense?

Rutgers and West Virginia meet for the 30th time and WVU leads the series 23-4-2. The teams first met in 1916 and played to a 0-0 tie in New Brunswick. The following season's game also ended in a tie, 7-7 in New Brunswick. The teams met seven times from 1916-23 and the series was not resumed until 1980, some 57 years later. The teams have met every season since 1980. Since the formation of the BIG EAST Conference in 1991, West Virginia holds a 9-2 edge. The last Scarlet Knight victory in the series came on Sept. 10, 1994, a 17-12 win in Piscataway. WVU won last year’s meeting 80-7. In the most recent game at Rutgers Stadium, on Nov. 11, 2000, WVU escaped with a 31-24 win in double-overtime. RU is 2-3 in BIG EAST games vs. WVU in Piscataway. West Virginia is coming off a 48-17 home loss to Maryland, while Rutgers was idle last week.
RUTGERS (1-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) vs WEST VIRGINIA (3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST)

A handful of spring practices four years ago is all it took Darrell Hazell to recognize what the rest of college football does now. Rutgers' wide receivers coach had just been named the running backs coach at West Virginia in early 1999 when then-head coach Don Nehlen assigned him to find a replacement for Amos Zereoue, who had just finished rewriting the school's record book.
Three practices into his new job, Hazell felt confident enough to approach Nehlen with some news.
Hazell thrilled by Cobourne's success

Clarence Pittman thought his coach was nuts.
He was just a chunky little pee- wee playing midget football and his coach was Autry Denson, whose son played for Notre Dame and supposedly knew a thing or two about the game. But Denson kept calling the same run play for Pittman. The Florida sun was hot, the defense knew what was coming, and the play hadn't worked once. So Pittman decided to tell Denson what he thought.
"He told me he knew I was going to break it, and that we were going to run the play until I did," Pittman said, shaking his head at the memory.
Rutgers' Pittman knows the drill


Basketball

Take your pick, Midnight Madness, Rider- or Rutgers-style.
Both universities will usher in the college basketball season tomorrow night with festivities leading up to 12:01 a.m. men's basketball practices.
At Rider, pre-Midnight MAACness events will be held on campus grounds from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The doors to Alumni Gym will open at 10:30 p.m., with the MAACness beginning at 11 p.m. It includes free T-shirts to the first 500 students and free student raffle tickets for various prizes.
Madness tomorrow at Rutgers, Rider

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Around the Big East

Next year, the Eagles will be playing in a new stadium, Lincoln Financial Field.
That also happens to be the future home of the Temple football team. It says so right on the back cover of this year's media guide. Details are provided inside, on Page 11.
"Certain to be one of the premier sports complexes in the country, Lincoln Financial Field will feature many dramatic improvements over 'The Vet,' " it reads. "Not only will the new stadium provide a first-class environment for both fans and players, it will eliminate scheduling conflicts that have forced the Owls to play at an alternate site in recent years. In addition, the venue will place head coach Bobby Wallace in a better position to recruit top-level student-athletes to Temple on a consistent basis."
What would Honest Abe say? Owls tout Linc link

For much of Walt Harris’ tenure in the Steel City, Pitt hasn’t been it.
Just a year ago, there were calls for the coach’s head. The Panthers were stumbling at 1-5 and had given up 87 points in consecutive losses to Syracuse and Boston College. Harris was 21-31 in his five years at Pitt. His record as a head coach -- 32-55 -- was a sticking point.
Oft-criticized Pitt coach Harris is now riding high at 5-1

Around the Nation

This is the weekend college football fans should have had circled since the summer. No less than six games matching Top 25 opponents will be played Saturday, including three involving the top 12 teams in the country. The day starts off with top-ranked Miami hosting Florida State. The Seminoles owned the series in second half of the 90s, winning five straight games, but Miami has won the first two meetings in this decade. The Hurricanes also have an overall win streak of 27 games, and this is one of few times that the streak will be in jeopardy until the Fiesta Bowl.
Miami, Texas and Georgia to get big wins on Showdown Saturday

 

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