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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.
In the press conference following Saturdays 20-17 loss to Temple, coach Greg Schiano was asked why, with the scored tied 17-17 and over three minutes remaining in the game, he didnt try to run the ball at least once?
Schiano answered with another question.
"We got negative-13 yards in the running game," he said. "What would you have done?"
RUTGERS CHOOSES NOT TO RUN
Junior defensive back NATE JONES of the Rutgers football team has been selected to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District 2 first team.
Jones has started at cornerback for the Scarlet Knights in all nine games in 2002, and is the teams third leading tackler with 65 stops, including 54 solo stops. The 5-10, 175-pound resident of Scotch Plains, NJ, also has intercepted one pass, blocked two kicks and recovered two fumbles.
Jones, Pilch Named to Verizon Academic All-District 2 Team
I'll Take Half-and-Half: The Scarlet Knights were nothing but two-faced Saturday afternoon against Temple. In the first half, quarterback Ryan Hart connected with Aaron Martin for Hart's first career touchdown pass after one of the four first half Temple turnovers. On the first play after recovering a Temple fumble, Hart connected like AT&T with L.J. Smith for a 53-yard touchdown. Rutgers then took advantage of outstanding field position after the fourth Temple fumble and extended their lead to 14 points, running into the locker room with the scent of their first conference win in 21 games.
Highlights and Lowlights of RU football
A new Monday morning, the same Rutgers story.
Rutgers takes a halftime lead. Check. Rutgers lets the halftime lead disintegrate. Yup. Rutgers loses a Big East game. Uh-huh. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano remains almost implausibly upbeat. Was there a doubt? "I think this program," Schiano said, "is in the best position it's been. Ever."
A night after Rutgers dropped its home finale, 20-17, to Temple - extending its Big East losing streak to 21 games - Schiano insisted on looking beyond his team's record (1-9) and national rankings (last or close to last in four of five offensive categories).
RU coach continues to see a silver lining
Brad Cunningham was preparing to make another round of food deliveries for the Liberty Park Café in Jersey City recently when he happened to spot Rutgers assistant coach Mark D'Onofrio, a North Bergen native who is no stranger to the restaurant. One question from his former position coach was all it took for Cunningham to realize that his days as a working stiff should probably be put on hold for a few more years.
Did he miss football?
That's when Cunningham, a promising linebacker who started four games as a true freshman for Rutgers last season, realized he did. And that set the wheels into motion for what happened yesterday: The former Hudson Catholic High School star met with head coach Greg Schiano to work out the details about Cunningham returning to Rutgers and rejoining the football team.
Cunningham ready for big return
The first signs of trouble came while the team was watching film. Rutgers had just completed an 18-12 regular season and earned an invitation to the NIT, where it would play Yale.
But for coach Gary Waters, the teams attitude during preparation was far too laid back. The players joked about facing a relatively unathletic Ivy League team and Waters said he could tell early on his team did not have the necessary edge for playoff basketball.
KNIGHTS HOPE TO AVOID POISON IVY
The Scarlet Knights look to continue the momentum that was forged in year one of the Gary Waters era when Rutgers fashioned an 18-13 record and earned a berth in the NIT. The 2002-2003 Scarlet Knights will feature a talented and experienced backcourt. While the frontcourt is not as battle-tested, overall Rutgers will be deeper and more athletic than a year ago, allowing Waters and his staff to have more combinations at their disposal. Rutgers will be able to employ greater defensive pressure than last year's team. The Scarlet Knights, who return 75 percent of their scoring from a year ago and 60 percent of their rebounding, possess scoring punch on the perimeter. Question marks lie in the areas of post defense and overall team rebounding, given the graduation loss of Rashod Kent, a defensive force who averaged 10.5 rebounds per game while earning second-team All-BIG EAST honors. Senior guard Jerome Coleman was also an All-BIG EAST selection (honorable mention) last season and is RUs leading returning scorer at 16.8 ppg. One of the BIG EAST's top newcomers a year ago, Coleman led the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made (3.75/game).
2002 PRESEASON NIT RUTGERS (0-0) vs. COLUMBIA (0-0)
The last time the Scarlet Knights men's basketball team competed against an Ivy League Conference foe the final score was in their opponents favor, officially marking the end of their season.
It has been eight months since Rutgers played the season-ending game against Yale in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament and tonight the Knights are prepared to face another Ivy League challenger, as Rutgers will take on Columbia in the Preseason NIT at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
NIT begins for Knights
The freshmen look promising, the returnees look better, and the seniors look tougher.
"We're just ready to play somebody," Rutgers coach Gary Waters said, using a laugh to mask his understandable irritation with all the talking.
Thankfully for Waters, the discussions over what he thinks will happen this year are done. Discussions on what is happening begin tonight.
No more talk for Rutgers
Todd Billet, who transferred from Rutgers in April 2001, makes his return to the Louis Brown Athletic Center. A class act and one of the best 3-point shooters in school history, Rutgers fans surely will remember his parting words: "Your college career is just so short and so precious that you can see it going before your eyes. I want to be at a place where I know for sure that we're going to be in the NCAA Tournament."
Men's college basketball preview: 4 must-see Rutgers games
1. What impact will a leaner, more athletic Kareem Wright make, and how much will the Scarlet Knights miss center Rashod Kent?
2. Will Rutgers be able to win on the road, improving upon last year's 2-8 record away from home? It could be the difference between an NIT or NCAA Tournament bid.
Men's college basketball preview: 5 questions about Rutgers
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Around the Big East
Unless you're a fan of Miami or Ohio State, it's fun to root for chaos. This week the projected top two teams in the Bowl Championship Series, both undefeated, play two dangerous opponents. Miami hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday. Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday.
Tough tests await Ohio State, Miami
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Notre Dame didn't play Saturday and the Irish still won. It's enough to further aggravate the Golden Dome haters.
Without stepping on the field, Notre Dame, by virtue of Texas' loss to Texas Tech, is all but guaranteed it will be playing in a BCS bowl game.
Unless you think Rutgers can beat the Irish on Saturday in South Bend.
Since that's as likely to happen as a Steve Spurrier silent moment, the Irish will be playing in a major bowl even if they lose to Southern Cal in their final game.
Big surprise: Irish are winners
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