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Most, if not all, of the Rutgers graduates and students would not like to see the name of our institution changed. We can let our voice be heard.
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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?
On paper, this weekend's Rutgers-Virginia Tech matchup appears as if it could get ugly. Although the Hokies have outscored the Scarlet Knights 99-0 over the past two seasons, those two Tech teams may not have been quite as talented as this year's undefeated squad appears to be.
The No. 3 Hokies (6-0, 1-0) enter tomorrow afternoon's 1 p.m. contest as a team dedicated to smashmouth style football on offense and is even more reliant on one of the country's top defensive units.
No. 3 Tech presents big test for Knights
The first time Nathan Jones checked to see if his name was among the Big East leaders in kickoff returns he couldn't find it. That seemed odd, Jones figured, considering the big season he seemed to be having. Then he realized his mistake:
The last place he thought to look was the first place on the list.
Jones providing greater returns
Those Heisman Trophy watch stories are surfacing every Monday now in newspapers and on Web sites, and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he would like to see Lee Suggs mentioned among the midseason candidates. And why not? His redshirt junior tailback is averaging 97.33 rushing yards through six games, which includes three opponents ranked in the Top 25 (No.14 LSU, No.16 Marshall and No.19 Texas A&M).
Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., Rutgers gets to face the frightening combination of power and speed in Suggs, who is showing no ill-effects from his knee surgery last season after being injured in the season opener against Connecticut.
Tech's Suggs putting up Heisman-type numbers
Coach Waters previewed his Scarlet Knights at the annual men's basketball media day Thursday.
At the end of last season, following a disheartening loss to Yale in the NIT, Rutgers basketball coach Gary Waters sat down with Kareem Wright and told him everything he need to hear, and none of what he wanted.
He told him he needed to motivate, he needed to lose weight and he needed to make a commitment to himself and to the team if he wanted to be a part of the 2002-03 Scarlet Knights.
"We had a mind-to-mind meeting," Waters said. "I didn't think he reached his potential during the year and I told him we needed him to change that or he'd be watching guys play again this year."
Slimmed-down Wright gets with the program
It would seemingly take an entire team to replace Rashod Kent, and that''''s exactly what Rutgers coach Gary Waters has in mind.
"This team is missing a major component," Waters said Thursday during Rutgers'''' annual media day at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. "And that''''s the young man that took us as far as we were taken last year."
The lone starter to graduate, Kent led Rutgers to an 18-13 finish, a school-record four victories over Top 25 opponents and a berth in the NIT last season.
Rutgers, Waters stress team effort will translate into success
Freshman guard Calvin Wooten didn't know much about Rutgers basketball, but he made an instant connection with coach Gary Waters.
"Coach Waters and I went to the same high school (Mackenzie in Detroit), so I guess I was meant to come here," Wooten said yesterday at media day for the Rutgers men's basketball team.
Rutgers has better shot with Wooten
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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
Eight weeks into the 2002 college football season and it's time for some halftime adjustments and analysis. Here's what we know at the halfway point:
College season thus far full of unexpected twists
They had a blast in Maryland's gleaming new, $107 million Comcast Center last weekend, greeting the start of basketball practice with lasers and monster dunks, reconjuring the joy of last season's NCAA championship.
Over the last 12 years, barely one in five scholarship players leave Maryland with a degree.
Academic air ball
Some basketball experts have predicted that Ohio high school senior LeBron James will be the No. 1 pick in the June NBA Draft. But at a news conference yesterday in Cleveland, James told reporters he hasn't ruled out playing in college.
LeBron may still pick college
The perks of big-time college football fawning TV networks, big-bowl access and a strong cash flow don't come cost-free.
Schools at the top of the sport's food chain, playing in the six conferences that run the Bowl Championship Series, do a far poorer job of graduating athletes at the same rate as their non-athletes, which the NCAA regards as a benchmark for effectiveness.
High-profile schools don't measure up in classroom
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