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Although Governor James E. McGreevery continues to press for a merger between Rutgers, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey to better education in the state, his administration stands by last year's higher education funding cuts and will not comment on the funding the University may or may not receive this year.
"The goal of the commission is clear to create educational excellence in the medical and health sciences," said Ellen Mellody, a spokeswoman for McGreevey.
Mellody would not comment openly on the budget because "it is under review right now."
U. may see more cuts with merger
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.
Jerome Coleman remembered losing to Yale in the NIT to conclude last season, and in no way did he want to open this season with another loss to an Ivy League team.
Some of us took it a little personal, Coleman said. We had a lack of intensity and energy last year, but we brought it tonight.
Coleman scored 18 points and Rutgers forced Columbia into 27 turnovers in taking a 60-36 victory in a Preseason NIT first-round game Monday night.
Turnovers key part of Knights trounce
The most scintillating moment of Rutgers 60-36 demolition of visiting Columbia last night in the first round of the preseason NIT came in the waning moments of the first half.
With his team firmly in control and the game on the verge of a blowout, senior guard Jerome Coleman took the inbounds pass, dribbled once between his legs and sent up a 25-footer that dropped cleanly through the net, sending the crowd to its feet and the Scarlet Knights to a 22-point lead, 36-14, after the first 20 minutes.
AN EASY KNIGHT
Jerome Coleman scored 18 points and Rutgers forced Columbia into 27 turnovers in a 60-36 victory Monday night in the first round of the Preseason NIT.
Rutgers defeated Columbia for the seventh straight time and the 12th time in 13 games. The Knights will travel to North Carolina, which beat Penn State 85-55, in the second round on Wednesday night.
It was the fewest points allowed by a Rutgers team since a 30-29 loss to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25, 1982, and the fewest the Knights allowed Columbia since a 32-31 loss in the 1926-27 season.
Rutgers Rolls Past Columbia, 60-36, to Advance in Preseason NIT
Somewhere between the pass and the run, Rutgers lost control of the ball. Herve Lamizana sent it upcourt, where Ricky Shields tipped it, Sean Axani punched it, and a sprawled-out Mike Sherrod dove for it. By the time the ball went out of bounds, Axani was laughing and Rutgers had possession.
Rutgers gives cause to hope
Nothing like a little hair of the dog to conquer that Ivy League hangover.
Someone had to get stuck with woeful Columbia in the first round of the Preseason NIT last night, and since the Rutgers University men's basketball team was in need of a good rinse to rid themselves of the bitter taste that came with losing to Yale in last season's swan song in the NIT, who better to fill that bracket than the Scarlet Knights?
With a second-round meeting with North Carolina in Chapel Hill on deck tomorrow, RU was off-target most of the night but still was able to net 18 of the game's first 20 points as part of a 60-36 victory in a game not nearly as difficult as some of head coach Gary Waters' preseason workouts.
Poor-shooting Rutgers still overwhelms Columbia
They wrapped it in a tinsel and popcorn label and called it the Preseason NIT.
But you cannot tell a matchup by its cover story. Stretchers of the truth tried to make chicken salad out of Rutgers' chicken-gizzard matchup against Columbia last night by reminding us that Columbia is the Gem of the Ocean and a co-Ivy League congregationalist of Yale, the team that stunned Rutgers in the postseason NIT last season.
Rutgers doesn't reveal much at grand opening
The Preseason NIT will be using a few experimental rules, including widening the free-throw lane by four feet and moving the 3-point line back nine inches, to 20 feet, six inches, which is the distance for the international 3-point shot. When asked about the longer 3-point distance before the game, Rutgers senior Jerome Coleman didn't seem to even be aware of the rule -- not that he seemed all that concerned about it.
"I got no problem with it," he said. "Actually it'll help my percentage, because the further away I shoot, the higher my percentage, it seems like."
Coleman enjoying longer arc
Next Basketball Opponent
The worst part wasn't the 20 losses, although Matt Doherty describes each and every one of them like "a kick in the stomach."
The worst part wasn't facing the fans when North Carolina lost to Davidson or Hampton or Ohio. The fans were actually pretty patient.
"The first exhibition game, we lost by 30-something-points," said Doherty. "I think people realized, 'OK, it is going to be a challenge.'"
Doherty's chance to silence Tar Heels' critics arrives
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Around the Big East
Miami finally moved atop the Bowl Championship Series standings by the slimmest of margins. The defending national champion Hurricanes squeaked past Ohio State, which needed overtime to beat Illinois 23-16 Saturday, in the latest standings released Monday. They edged the Buckeyes by 0.01 points, and the top two BCS teams have never been closer.
Miami squeaks past Ohio State for top spot in BCS standings
Pittsburgh must cut Heisman candidates Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee and the Miami offense in half to place itself in position to knock off the top-ranked Hurricanes and shake up the Big East and national title picture.
Miami is third in the nation in scoring at 41.1 points per game, and Pittsburgh needs to hold the Hurricanes to a season-low scoring output - 21 points or less -to contend in the Orange Bowl on Thursday (7:30 p.m., ESPN).
Next up: Pittsburgh
Not even his former boss gave Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris much help in preparing for Thursday night's game at No. 1 Miami.
Harris once was the quarterbacks coach for former Ohio State coach John Cooper, who attended Miami's 26-3 rout of Tennessee Nov. 9 as a spectator. When the two talked recently, Harris asked for advice.
"I was hoping he would give me some keys in how to stop them," Harris said yesterday. "He did. He said, `They're the best team I've seen in the last five or six years.' "
Pitt to face No. 1 Miami
Its usually fairly futile to get into one of those Which is the best conference? debates. Fact is, these things go in cycles and besides, an SEC fan will go to his grave before ever admitting the Big Ten or Pac-10 had a better year, so why even go there?
That said, there is one thing that fans from any region could agree on before this season: Out of the six BCS conferences, the Big East was clearly sixth. Theres a reason the BCS added a rule after its first year requiring a conferences champions to average a ranking of No. 12 or higher over a four-year period, and that reason was the Big East.
East also rises
Good God, what would Bear Bryant have thought? What in the name of run 'em until they drop, and it's only good if it hurts is going on here? There was Arizona coach John Mackovic, squirming last week in front of a packed news conference, admitting he had been too hard on his team. He had made mistakes; he had said horrible things; he had embarrassed himself and the university. And he was crying.
Welcome to the new world of college football, where the game of storied traditions and molding young men has become, "Excuse me, Mr. President, the mean man is hurting me."
Mackovic mutiny is a joke
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