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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.
Saturdays game marks the fourth time these schools have met on the gridiron in a series that was first played in 1921. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 3-0. The most recent meeting between the schools came on Nov. 18, 2000 when the Fighting Irish broke open a close game to post a 45-17 victory at Rutgers Stadium. The last time these teams met at Notre Dame Stadium was on Nov. 23, 1996 when the Irish posted a 62-0 victory. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a hard-fought 20-17 loss to BIG EAST rival Temple in their regular season home finale. Rutgers jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead on a pair of touchdown passes from true freshman QB Ryan Hart before Temple rallied in the final minutes to pull out the win. Notre Dame is the fourth ranked opponent that Rutgers will face this season and the Scarlet Knights have played some of their best football against those ranked foes.
RUTGERS (1-9, 0-6 BIG EAST) at #8 NOTRE DAME (9-1)
Rich McManis thought Rutgers' days of sneaking up on people were done.
But then the Scarlet Knights guard switched on "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Tuesday morning. And saw Notre Dame alum and self-avowed uber-Irish fan Regis Philbin holding up a clipping on USC quarterback Carson Palmer.
"Regis was all worried about Carson Palmer," McManis said. "They've got to play us first."
Put-downs inspire Rutgers' McManis
Everyone waited upstairs for his football luncheon, but Greg Schiano squinted inside his office Tuesday morning, resolved to make sense of the scribbled scouting report that had spit out of the fax machine. Someone sent him the secrets to stealing salvation out of the shadows of Touchdown Jesus on Saturday in South Bend, Ind., a manifesto out of the tortured mind of one of college football's most tortured fans.
"The next possible scenario," the coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights reads out loud, "is the QB, Holiday, resorts to passing, a variety of passing. Never let the QB sit in the pocket more than three seconds ... ."
Schiano is the eternal optimist
Rutgers has only two games remaining on its season, which does not appear to be enough time to save its offense from the ignominious fate of a last-place standing in Division I-A.
Going into this Saturdays game against Notre Dame the team is averaging a mere 217 yards per game, roughly 50 yards fewer than No. 116 Buffalo.
RUTGERS CLOCK IS RUNNING OUT
They have won eight national championships, the most of any Division 1-A football program. They have the highest all-time winning percentage of the same group. They are the only college team to have all of its home games televised nationally.
Not to mention they have Touchdown Jesus.
They are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and they are Rutgers next opponent on its brutal 2002 schedule.
"Notre Dame is like a sacred place," Rutgers linebacker Brian Hohmann said.
RU not bothered by Irish aura
Coach Greg Schiano said there won't be any dramatic changes in Rutgers' offensive approach Saturday, when he sends the nation's least productive unit against Notre Dame's defense, which ranks among college football's best.
Statistics and recent performances suggest that Rutgers trying to run the ball against the eighth-ranked Irish would be the competitive equivalent of the Washington Generals trying to beat the Harlem Globetrotters. Still, the Knights probably will try to establish their ground game.
Trying to balance the rush
A desperate afterthought in Notre Dame's coaching search a year ago, Tyrone Willingham has authored one of the biggest turnarounds in school history. Willingham has returned the Irish to the Top 10 and national prominence a season after they were 5-6 under Bob Davie. With a victory Saturday against Rutgers, Willingham, the first black head coach in any sport at Notre Dame, will become the winningest first-year coach in the program's storied history.
With the Irish 9-1 and poised for BCS bowl berth, Willingham used his weekly media press conference yesterday to discuss Notre Dame's surprising season and Saturday's game:
Rutgers Q&A: Instilling the will to succeed
It's an instant jumpstart for a program whose battery needs recharging -- an enticing carrot on a stick for a team whose appetite might be waning with a seven-game losing streak. Saturday's Notre Dame game comes at a great time for Rutgers, which is coming off a disappointing 20-17 defeat to Temple last week.
But out in South Bend, Ind., the Golden Dome glitters, Touchdown Jesus beckons and the Scarlet Knights get a chance to strap it up on national TV against the best team the Fighting Irish have had in years.
Rutgers can't wait to play Notre Dame under the Golden Dome
Telemarketers have the most disheartening job in America. The constant rejection, the stream of hang-ups, and the occasional tirade about calling during dinner must beat down even the most enthusiastic of souls.
Gary Waters can identify.
After being named head coach of the Rutgers mens basketball program 19 months ago, Waters got the telemarketer treatment as he began perusing New Jerseys rich recruiting market.
We couldnt even get in the house, Waters said at the teams media day last month.
Waters not hung up on tradition
Gary Waters thinks this game could establish his program.
Matt Doherty thinks that's hogwash.
"I don't look at betting lines, but they're the ones that won 18 games last year," the North Carolina coach said of Waters' Rutgers squad. "We won eight. We have the youngest team in Carolina history. We have the youngest team in major-college basketball. To say we're favored is ridiculous."
Rutgers relishes N.C. test
The home for Rutgers basketball, last season it served as a 8,000-seat good luck charm, leading to a minor renaissance for a struggling program and helping the Scarlet Knights defeat all but one of the Big East teams that visited there.
Coach Gary Waters said last year Rutgers surprised opposing teams at home with an aggressive style of ball, invigorated by the raucous RAC crowd.
"Now," he said, "we need to take that on the road."
WILL RUTGERS RULE THE ROAD?Scarlet Knights challenge North Carolina in Chapel Hill
When the Rutgers men's basketball team took the court Monday night, it possessed a new fire, scorching the Columbia Lions while cruising to a 60-36 win in the first round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament.
Now the Scarlet Knights plan to use the same fire that propelled them to victory against the Lions as they will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the UNC Tar Heels tonight.
Knights head to Chapel Hill
The powder-blue seats -- 21,572 of them, to be exact -- are still filled for every home game at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The retired and honored jerseys -- 40 of them, if you're counting -- still hang in the rafters like an overcrowded laundry line. The names are legendary. Jordan. Scott. Worthy. Perkins. Carter.
Then there is the record. North Carolina is 183-36 when playing in its cavernous home arena, a winning percentage of .835.
Team faces renewed aura
The basic tenets of physics tell us that what goes up must come down. Those laws of gravity apply everywhere, except the University of North Carolina, where the men's basketball program has always been on top. Nobody understands that better than third-year head coach Matt Doherty, who played on North Carolina's 1982 national championship team alongside Michael Jordan and James Worthy.
With a record 15 Final Four appearances and three NCAA titles, expectations may be greater at North Carolina than any other school.
Rutgers ready to face North Carolina
No player in Rutgers womens basketball history has had more pressure thrust on their shoulders than Cappie Pondexter as she enters her first collegiate season.
But thats just the way she wants it.
I dont mind all the expectations everybodys putting on me, said Pondexter, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard. Im not really focusing on any of it. I just want to come out and win and the pressure will take care of itself.
Pressure is on for Rutgers Pondexter
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Back in September, Isaac Redman, one of the best running backs in South Jersey history, was a known commodity for the Paulsboro High football team.
The Red Raiders' offensive line? Well, that was another story.
Let's fast-forward the film. Nine weeks into the season, Redman has done nothing to diminish his far-reaching reputation.
Paulsboro's offensive line deserves some cheers
The sun hasn't yet begun to creep over the Surfside Gardens projects and Sebastian Telfair has already ripped through 100 sit-ups and 100 push-ups in the living room of his family's small apartment.
It's 5:45 in the morning, and Telfair is running up the building's dim concrete stairwell for the fifth time, 15 flights at a steady, automatic-pilot pace.
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No game this Saturday, but still, no doubt: He's the best player on the best team in the country. Slowly but surely, he's asserting his place in the minds of level-headed national media. Now if only the rest of the voters would pay attention ...
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