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What if Rutgers wasn't Rutgers anymore? Thanks to Gov. James E. McGreevey's embracing of a proposal to merge three state universities, it's a question University students will have to answer.
Monday's debut of a proposal created by the New Jersey Commission on Health, Science, Education and Training suggests that our school, Rutgers, should merge with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology into a single statewide system. In addition to affecting college sports, disturbing alumni contributions and raising huge budgetary issues, Rutgers may lose its name. And for students past, present and possibly future, it will be like losing their home.
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McGreevey said the 177-year-old Rutgers name would be incorporated into one of the schools, but that's not good enough for Mike Fasano.
An attorney and 1975 graduate of Rutgers-Camden Law School who has donated to his alma mater and the Rutgers athletics department, Fasano said he will never again open his wallet if the plan is implemented.
"I won't donate another penny to any branch of Rutgers University ever again because the name Rutgers means something," said Fasano, who is also one of the directors of rutgersfootball.com, an Internet site devoted to Rutgers sports.
What will happen to college sports?
Rutgers and Virginia Tech meet for the 13th time. The Hokies lead the overall series with Rutgers 9-3 and the Hokies have won the last nine meetings. The most recent Rutgers victory in the series was a come-from-behind 50-49 win at the Old Rutgers Stadium on Oct. 31, 1992. Rutgers is 0-5 in games played at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. The most recent meeting in Blacksburg was on Sept. 16, 2000 when the Hokies defeated the Scarlet Knights 49-0. Three of Rutgers next five games will be played vs. teams who are currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation (No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 1 Miami and No. 7 Notre Dame). The Rutgers-Virginia Tech game is Homecoming Day for the Hokies.
RUTGERS (1-5, 0-2 BIG EAST) at #3 VIRGINIA TECH (6-0, 1-0 BIG EAST)
One year after being an acknowledged weakness on a 2-9 team, Rutgers offensive line spent the bulk of its off-season developing continuity in a unit that allowed 45 sacks and averaged only 2.5 yards per carry in 2001.
The five projected starters -- tackles Mike Williamson and Trohn Carswell, guards Brian Duffy and Rich McManis and center Marty Pyszczymuka -- worked out all summer, lifting weights and meeting every Wednesday for drills that simulated two-a-days.
Inexperience, injuries further weaken Rutgers' offensive line
Two days after Greg Schiano said his offense played too poorly not to expect changes, the Rutgers coach had no changes to make.
"We're just making everybody get ready," he said after Tuesday's practice. "I don't know what I'll do, and until then, they'll split reps."
Saturday against West Virginia, Rutgers managed 90 yards of offense. The tailbacks, Clarence Pittman (a two-game starter) and Markis Facyson (four games) turned in 7 and 10 yards, respectively, and Ted Trump (four starts at quarterback) was no more inspiring, throwing three interceptions, fumbling twice and giving up a safety. Ryan Cubit (two starts) wasn't much better in a quarter of relief.
Schiano makes no changes
Trying to get to the root of Rutgers' ongoing offensive problems is a lot like watching the unit operate on Saturdays: Everyone seems thrown for a loss.
The players insist it isn't a talent issue.
The head coach insists it isn't the X's and O's -- either schematically or in the way the players are schooled.
Schiano can't gain on offense
Despite a lineup that features only five senior starters -- two on defense -- Virginia Tech is in the national championship hunt again. Its 6-0 record and No. 3 ranking awaits Rutgers when the Knights visit Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday.
Tech is ranked No. 1 nationally against the run and in scoring defense, and No. 9 in total defense. Somehow, coach Frank Beamer has managed to do this despite having to change starting quarterbacks while alternating star tailbacks. The veteran coach took time with the media yesterday to discuss the coming Rutgers game.
Youthful Va. Tech on trail for title
This seemed a different Greg Schiano as he met the media for his weekly session yesterday. Subdued. Sobered by another lopsided loss. Looking suddenly older.
The weight of trying to resurrect Rutgers football momentarily bowed him. Maybe resurrect isn't the right word. You had to be alive and a significant football program once to qualify for that designation, the way he pointed out Virginia Tech had been before its decline in the first six years under Frank Beamer.
Before that, there had been a stretch of seven straight winning seasons under Bill Dooley to kick off the 1980s, years with bowls as rewards. In Dooley's final season, they went 10-1-1 and ended with a Peach Bowl win.
Rutgers can look to Va. Tech as example
Everything is a mess, so nothing is changing.
That's the grim gist of the Rutgers University football offense.
With only one offensive touchdown in their past three games, the Scarlet Knights seem locked in a downward spiral with no clear remedies for getting out.
After reviewing the game film of Saturday's 40-0 loss to West Virginia, coach Greg Schiano said, "I don't think you can play as poorly on offense as we did and just stay put."
Rutgers to keep things simple against Virginia Tech
The Knights (1-5, 0-2) lost their 17th consecutive Big East game with a 40-0 defeat to West Virginia. Rutgers has lost its last two games to the Mountaineers by a combined 120-7. "As a football team, I think it's a step back," said coach Greg Schiano. ... Once again, the Knights' offense was abysmal. Rutgers generated only 90 yards of total offense, turned the ball over five times and had a long drive of only 24 yards.
Miami learns valuable lesson from FSU
Knights in the Pros
Monday, Fiedler had surgery to insert a screw in his right thumb, to stabilize a fracture suffered on the next-to-last Dolphins drive of their 24-22 victory at Denver. Fiedler, playing with what he thought was a bruise, completed two passes on the final drive to set up Olindo Mare's game-winning 53-yard field goal.
With Fiedler out, seventh-year man Ray Lucas, who started in the preseason but hasn't started a game in three seasons, is the Dolphins' quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Fiedler to miss six to eight weeks
Question: Can the Dolphins win with Ray Lucas at quarterback?
Better question: If they do, what happens when Jay Fiedler is healthy again?
Answer: Hmmm . . .
Lucas will succeed, and then what?
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer will not deny that last year's 9-20 season was her greatest professional disaster since becoming a head coach in 1971. But thanks to the arrival of guard Cappie Pondexter, it may not take long for Rutgers to return to form.
Pondexter, a 5-9 sophomore from John Marshall High School in Chicago had to sit out last season when she did not get the required ACT score. She was able to practice with the team and sat on the bench during games.
"I would not trade her for any guard in the nation,'' Stringer said. "She's a jewel, and I hope she's able to realize her potential.''
Pondexter ready to put Rutgers back in spotlight
Cappie Pondexter couldn't stop grinning.
Not when she was backed up against the bleachers, penned in by a mob of reporters, notepads ready. Not when someone stuck a microphone under her nose, a cameraman beamed a light at her face and forced her to admit her mother hates her tattoo.
Pondexter couldn't stop grinning because people are asking her questions. After a grueling year on the bench, she finally is relevant to the Rutgers women's basketball team.
Rutgers has reason to smile again
Things got so bad for C. Vivian Stringer last season that she would sometimes sit alone in her house and ignore the phone calls from friends and colleagues trying to cheer her up.
Whether it was Tennessee coach Pat Summitt or Stringer's college mentor, Anne Griffith, the Rutgers coach just didn't want to hear it.
"I didn't really want to talk so I didn't answer the phone," Stringer said during Rutgers women's basketball media day on Tuesday. "I just wanted to get over it. It's a living nightmare. And it just doesn't get any better."
Stringer, Rutgers ready to rebound
Flush from back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Final Four and the Sweet Sixteen, C. Vivian Stringer proclaimed before last season that Rutgers would compete to recruit the best high school basketball players in the nation.
A year after a 9-20 season that was the worst of her Hall of Fame career, and a year removed from losing a handful of prominent national recruits to national champion Connecticut, Stringer has changed her tune.
"I think you could very easily look at a flavor that's much more statewide and regional," Stringer said during Rutgers women's media day on Tuesday.
Rutgers may have eyes for Essence
Strap a pair of wings on Cappie Pondexter's back and it would complete her uniform as the savior of the Rutgers women's basketball team.
Pondexter, a sophomore guard who sat out last season as a partial qualifier, has not played a game, but already she has been asked to be a scorer, a leader and, most recently, the starting point guard.
While it is not exactly what the Chicago native signed up for -- she was recruited as a shooting guard -- she welcomes the responsibility.
Pondexter's favorite role is winner
You want to be the greatest athlete in Rutgers history, you'd better hurry. Everything suddenly points to the school's name soon being phased out as a new University of New Jersey is created by a merger, sending Rutgers into the same limbo as its original Queen's College label.
Which means Cappie Pondexter has become eligible just in time.
The 5-foot-9 guard is ready to explode on the women's collegiate basketball scene, ready to bring a new level of excitement to a Rutgers sports program in desperate need of adrenaline.
Cappie has Stringer, Rutgers upbeat
As a freshman, Cappie Pondexter practiced six days a week with the Rutgers University women's basketball team. But there always was something missing.
"It was frustrating because I had no reward," she said. "Game day is your reward because you work hard in practice. I was like, 'Where is my reward?'"
Pondexter, a 5-foot-9 guard, was forced to sit out her freshman season when she did not get the required ACT score. But she was allowed to practice with the team and she sat on the bench during games.
Rutgers opens Pondexter back with open arms
New Jersey High School Basketball
It doesn't take long to see how proud Jersey City is of St. Anthony High School. Driving in off the New Jersey Turnpike there is a sign that reads, "Welcome to Jersey City, Home of the Friars."
"Jersey City doesn't have very much going for it," said Theresa Miles, the director of development at St.Anthony. "But there is a lot of pride in this school. People should do right by it."
Another Hurley assist
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Around the Big East
Syracuse head football coach Paul Pasqualoni said rather emphatically Monday that the Orangemen are playing for today and not for tomorrow.
That means Pasqualoni isn't thinking about benching seniors in order to give young players experience that can help next season.
The Orangemen are 1-5 following their 17-16 loss to Temple. Pasqualoni said there's not a game left on the schedule Syracuse can't win starting with its game on Saturday at West Virginia.
Pasqualoni says he's still a believer
Though Temple's point production in its monumental 17-16 victory over Syracuse on Saturday was less than stellar, the team's new no-huddle offense is showing progress as the Owls head into the stretch run of the season.
Temple quarterback Mike McGann, a sophomore who shared Big East Conference offensive player of the week honors with Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, enjoyed his first career 300-yard passing game, with 340 yards on a 20-of-38 day that included two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"Even our offensive line is a weapon," said McGann with a laugh. "We're just playing real well right now. We're all clicking and executing together. We have a great chemistry as an offense. We just have to score some more points now."
Owls' offense starting to click
Around the Nation
John Thompson III and his Princeton University men's basketball team may have earned nothing more than third-wheel status with last season's shared Ivy League title, but the head coach and his Tigers are not taking a back seat to anyone this fall.
According to several sources, Princeton has beaten out its chief, on-court competition for the services of Harrison Schaen, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif.
Widely regarded as a national top-100 recruit, Schaen's apparent decision comes less than a month after the Tigers got a verbal commitment from highly regarded DePaul Catholic point guard Max Schafer.
Princeton may have landed a top recruit
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