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Rutgers Touchdown Club - NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH!!
The next General Membership Meeting of the 2002 season will be held Thursday night November 14th at the Hale Center in Piscataway. Doors open at 6pm. We will again be hearing from Coach Schiano as he recaps the Miami game and provides perspective on the Temple game. Light refreshments will be served.
We also hope to have a surprise guest speaker at this meeting.
To date we have had two excellent meetings which have been well attended. Please come out and join us again and bring a friend to join the Club!

POST SEASON AWARDS BANQUET
The 64th annual Rutgers Touchdown Club Football Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday December 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Brunswick. The reception will begin with cocktails at 5:00 p.m. with dinner and the awards program at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending please contact Pat English at the football office at 732-445-5126. If you are interested an advertisement of booster ad, please call Doug Dolan at 973-334-6051.

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Football

Long Branch High football standout Ken Gillespie committed to Rutgers yesterday, adding another member to what will be Greg Schiano's third recruiting class.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Gillespie chose the Scarlet Knights over Syracuse and Lehigh, among others.
Rutgers nabs recruit from Long Branch

Ken Gillespie hasn't paid nearly as much attention to the scores of Rutgers football games this year as he has to the progress he sees being made. The scare the Knights put into Tennessee on the road. The toe-to-toe battle at Virginia Tech. And, of course, the game that convinced him that he wanted to be part of a program he feels is on the rise: Last week against Miami, when the Hurricanes had to rally to beat Rutgers after trailing 17-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
Gillespie sees Rutgers as place to be

The Rutgers football team collected its third player in the past two years from Long Branch High School on Wednesday when Ken Gillespie made a commitment to become a part of the Scarlet Knights recruiting class of 2003.
A 6-foot, 205-pound tight end/defensive end, Gillespie says he has been timed a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. He'll join current Long Branch teammate Charles "Tre" Timbers at Rutgers next fall as well as former teammate Berkeley Hutchinson a nationally rated linebacker currently sitting out a year with the Scarlet Knights under NCAA academic guidelines.
Long Branch's Gillespie commits to Schiano, Rutgers

When Darren Rizzi, a Hillsdale native who attended Bergen Catholic High School, was playing collegiate football at Rhode Island, Rutgers was a mediocre collegiate football program.
When he latched on to his home state's University coaching staff following the 2001 season, the team was coming off a 2-9 season and in the process of rebuilding to respectability with a young coaching staff and a core of underclass players.
"He's a teacher who knows how to push you and get you to do your job," junior Nate Jones said, emphasizing the importance of Rizzi's addition to the staff.
Rizzi improves RU special teams

Men's Basketball

What a difference a year makes. In just one season at the helm, coach Gary Waters has completely reversed the fortunes of the Scarlet Knights.
Waters directed a Rutgers squad picked to finish last in the West Division to an 18-13 record last season, including an 8-8 mark in league play, and an NIT appearance. Just as important, Waters breathed life into the moribund program.
Around the Big East

In a court hearing yesterday morning, Rutgers basketball point guard Mike Sherrod agreed to a plea bargain stemming from an incident during a home football against Buffalo on Sept. 7.
Sherrod, represented by attorney Peter Hendricks, agreed to perform 20 hours of community service within a 90-day time frame. The University will administer the community service, which was agreed to by Sherrod, Hendricks and Prosecutor John Jakub.
Sherrod agrees to 20 hours of community serivice in hearing

Rutgers point guard Mike Sherrod agreed yesterday to do 20 hours of community service under a plea bargain arrangement stemming from his arrest for disorderly conduct during the school's Sept. 7 football game against Buffalo. Appearing before Judge Stephen L. Ritz yesterday morning at Piscataway Municipal Court, Sherrod was given 90 days to complete the 20 hours of community service, at which time the charges will be dismissed.
Sherrod gets community service

A Piscataway Municipal Court judge Thursday ordered Rutgers University junior basketball player Mike Sherrod to perform community service for refusing to leave the scene of a fight. Under the terms of a plea bargain between Municipal Prosecutor John A. Jakub, who handles Rutgers cases, and Sherrod's attorney, Peter J. Hendricks, Sherrod must perform 20 hours of community service, to be arranged by the university, within the next 90 days.
Rutgers' Sherrod ordered to perform community service

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Around the Big East

There was a whole lot of noise around the Big East last weekend.
There was screaming in New England, as Boston College students tore down a practice field goal post.
There was celebration on Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus, from the old Fitzgerald Field House down to Primanti’s.
Miami-Pitt, not Miami-VT, could be BCS showdown

Around the Nation

Hoping to avoid even harsher punishment from the NCAA, the University of Michigan cracked down on its basketball program yesterday over a scandal involving a former booster.
The university willingly forfeited six seasons' worth of victories from 1992 to 1998, and will take down four NCAA regional and conference championship banners. The Wolverines also will not participate in the postseason in 2003.
Michigan officials also told the NCAA they would return $450,000 earned through postseason appearances.
Michigan bars self

Interesting Article

The model was once as basic as a pair of Chuck Taylor high-tops, and just as reliable. Unless you resided in Westwood when UCLA could make its Final Four reservations a year in advance, each potential championship was treated as a three- to four-year construction job. Each contender's progress was measured in annual increments, with demands passed like torches from coaches to seniors and on down to freshmen, whose job it was to haul equipment on and off buses and keep their opinions to themselves.
Changing fabric of game forces coaches to alter title plans

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