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Richard L. McCormick, who took office as the 19th president of Rutgers Sunday, addressed hundreds of students, faculty and alumni at his welcoming ceremony in the College Avenue Gymnasium yesterday.
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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 732-445-6217. If you are interested an advertisement of booster ad, please call Doug Dolan at 973-334-6051.

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Football

The potted palm tree in a corner of Greg Schiano's office reminds him of warm days as an assistant football coach at the University of Miami.
The leafy plant is seven feet high, a level the compact coach can obviously not attain.
Had he stuck around two years ago to replace Butch Davis as head coach of the Hurricanes, he might be coaching the No. 1 ranked college football team in the country after leading last year's NCAA national championship team.
Is Greg Schiano the right man?

The nights of maddening mistakes and afternoons of spirit-deflating slips finally over, Rutgers' football coach Greg Schiano admitted he learned a few things not to do next season.
Losing 11 games again obviously fills slot No. 1 on the list. And sure, the defense and special teams improved, but he knows their rise is still incipient. But after that comes what should end at least some of the exasperation - Schiano said he needs to rethink a bevy of offensive decisions that essentially amount to an entire overhaul of the second-year coach's approach.
Next year, Schiano wants one starting quarterback (this year he had three), one main tailback (over the course of the season he had four), and a much better offensive line.
Schiano plotting changes next year

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano came to yesterday’s final press conference as a pauper comes to market, peddling the only product he has to sell-- hope.
It was, by all accounts, a dismal 2002 campaign for the 1-11 Scarlet Knights. It began with the arrests of four players on charges of disorderly conduct and losses in the opening two games to underdog opponents, and ended with losses to Notre Dame and Boston College by a collective score of 86-14.
In the process, the team tied the school record forlosses in a season, and set program marks for most punts and least rushing yards since the school began recording statistics in 1946.
Despite record, Schiano vows: ‘We’ll get better’

"There was a lot of good things, a lot of things that encouraged me, but certainly our record isn't one of them," Schiano, 36, said at the Hale Center. "And I'm not going to stand here and tell you that, 'Oh, gee, the record shouldn't matter.' I mean, that's why you have a scoreboard and that's why you keep score. I'm a competitor and it hurts and it bothers me.
Another lost season

If Greg Schiano were still bringing home report cards to his parents, this is one he would need some imaginative excuse not to deliver.
One of Miami's ferocious defensive linemen snacked on it right after devouring a quarterback. Or it became unreadable after an opposing team spilled Gatorade on it during a victory celebration. Or he could just blame it on the Bowl Championship Series rankings and a computer glitch. Who wouldn't believe that one?
Grades no one wants to bring home

In the next month, what Greg Schiano calls "the finest football players who have ever been on the Rutgers campus" will make recruiting visits here.
If you're a Scarlet Knight fan, you hope they'll buy into the Schiano message with more enthusiasm than the media seemed to yesterday as the embattled coach reviewed his long and difficult second season that ended Saturday with a 1-and-11 record and another winless Big East Conference log.
Schiano's still selling; will

Before the season started, there was optimism around the Rutgers football team that, with a few breaks, the season could have been as good as .500. Beat reporter Gene Racz assessed the team by position, on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest, and overall rated the Scarlet Knights as a 5. But a 1-11 season shows this team was no better than a 2.7.
Rating the Rutgers football team's 1-11 season

The parallels between Rutgers University football coach Greg Schiano and former Scarlet Knights coach Terry Shea are getting a little scary. In his first year as head coach in 1996, Shea went 2-9. Schiano went 2-9 in his first season last fall.
In his second year as head coach, Shea set a school record for most losses in a season by going 0-11. Schiano tied that record in his second year last week with a loss at Boston College that closed out the season at 1-11.
Schiano is convinced Rutgers is moving in the right direction

Men's Basketball

Jerome Coleman scored 28 points and Rutgers held Marshall to nearly half its season scoring average in a 75-56 victory Monday night.
Marshall (2-1) came into the game averaging 102 points but was harassed into 38.2 percent shooting and 21 turnovers by Rutgers (3-1).
Coleman powers Knights to victory

Jerome Coleman is known as a scorer but thinks of himself as a defender.
Coleman was both last night, as he scored 28 points and put the clamps on high-scoring Ronald Blackshear to lead Rutgers to a 75-56 victory over Marshall.
"I play defense all the time,’’ Coleman said. "My defense gets overlooked because I’m a scorer, but whether I’m playing good or bad, I’m always playing defense.’’
Coleman, Rutgers silence Marshall

Jerome Coleman scored 28 points and Rutgers held Marshall to nearly half its season scoring average in a 75-56 victory Monday night.
Marshall (2-1) came into the game averaging 102 points but was harassed into 38.2 percent shooting and 21 turnovers by Rutgers (3-1).
Marshall's leading scorers, Ronald Blackshear and Marvin Black, were non-factors in the game.
Rutgers Rolls Past Marshall 75-56

Entering the 2002-2003 season the Rutgers men's basketball team knew that playing tough defense would be vital for its success, and that proved to be true as RU stumped Marshall's offense last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, in a 75-56 blowout.
The Thundering Herd (2-1) couldn't shake the Scarlet Knights defense in the first half, as Marshall committed 13 turnovers in the half, off of which Rutgers scored 17 points.
Coleman paces RU

The Rutgers men's basketball team looked like a world-beater in the first half against one of the better offensive teams in the country in Marshall. Marshall had a 28-point per game scorer reduced to 11 points by the Rutgers defense. The effort was spearheaded by Jerome Coleman, and one of the better shot blockers in the country in Herve Lamizana, who had five blocks in the first half and seven, for the game. Lamizana did struggle with foul trouble.
Coach Waters looked at this game as a "statement as to how well we can play defense". Waters' goal for the team was to keep the Thundering Herd from scoring 25 in each half. The Knights accomplished that and then some in the first half. While Coleman, who took his matchup against Marshall's leading scorer Ronald Blackshear as personal challenge, holding him to a mere 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Rutgers pressing 'D' stifles opposing teams

Marshall junior guard Ronald Blackshear dribbled through the paint and drove toward the Rutgers' basket when Jerome Coleman reached across, slapped the ball away, and did nothing to keep Blackshear from ramming into Kareem Wright. Wright drew the charge, Blackshear got whistled for a foul, and the ball went Rutgers' way.
It was that kind of night for the Thundering Herd, who were first stripped (of their shot-making ability) and then turned back empty-handed (by Rutgers' stifling pressure). With a season-high 28 points from Coleman and an unyielding defensive effort from the entire team, the Scarlet Knights sent a previously high-flying Marshall squad packing, 75-56, Monday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Rutgers 75, Marshall University 56: Knights steer clear of Herd

Jerome Coleman scored 28 points and Rutgers held Marshall to nearly half its season scoring average in a 75-56 victory last night in Piscataway.
Rutgers thumps Marshall

Herve Lamizana's first blocked shot of the game came on Marshall's first offensive possession, when he rejected a jumper by Marshall's 6-9 freshman forward Mark Patton. He got Patton again for block No. 2, victimized junior center Ardo Armpalu for No. 3, got Patton again for No. 4, and finally, stuffed 6-8 sophomore forward David Anderson for No. 5, which delighted the crowd.
Lamizana finished the first half with five blocks, and he had seven for the game, which gives him 15 through the first four games. And while he is unlikely to threaten Roy Hinson's single-season record of 144, he could move into the second spot, ahead of the 94 blocks by James Bailey (1975-76) and Chuck Weiler (1991-92).
Lamizana puts on show at block party

Everyone who has to play against Rutgers knows how dangerous a scorer Jerome Coleman can be. What most people might not know about him, though, is how dangerous a defensive player he can be.
Marshall's Ronald Blackshear got an up close and personal demonstration last night of just how good Coleman can be at both ends of the floor. The 6-5 Blackshear had entered the Louis Brown Athletic Center averaging 27.5 points over Marshall's first two games, but going up against Coleman, he managed just 11 points, while watching Coleman post his second straight 28-point outing in Rutgers' 75-56 victory.
Coleman's two-way heroics foil Marshall

Jerome Coleman scored 28 points and Rutgers held Marshall to nearly half its season scoring average in a 75-56 victory last night.
"Jerome can use his intensity at both ends of the floor for the entire game," Rutgers coach Gary Waters said. "That's hard to do, because when you're a scorer, you're concentrating on getting points. When you're a defender, you're using so much energy to guard a guy you might not have that same energy on the offensive end. But Jerome is like the Energizer Bunny."
Coleman directs Rutgers

Jerome Coleman sat on the bench, oblivious to the drama that was unfolding before his eyes. The senior shooting guard already had tallied 22 points before exiting Monday night's 75-56 victory over Marshall with three minutes left in the opening half.
Rutgers was holding a 28-point lead and only one question remained: Could the Thundering Herd outscore Coleman before intermission?
Coleman rose to his feet, waving a white towel in the air, inciting the crowd of 4,975 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center to join him in cheering the defense on Marshall's final first-half possession.
Coleman leads Rutgers past Marshall 75-56

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Prospects

Montville junior Mario McLean projects as one of the best defensive backs in all of New Jersey next year — and Division 1 recruiters are taking notice.
Iowa, Maryland and Virginia are already in hot pursuit of the 6-2, 180-pounder, who had four INTs, 45 solo tackles, 13 assists, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one fumble caused in helping the Mustangs to a 7-3 record this year.
“He gets about four letters a week from those schools,” coach Gerry Gallagher said.
Montville’s McLean a recruiter’s dream

His smile is as wide as his three-point stance. Jermaine Dias is usually smiling, and hey, the guy's got a lot to be happy about. The Hackensack defensive end has been virtually a four-year starter for one of the best large public schools in the state. He's been an integral part of two sectional champions (1999 and 2000), and he'll be attempting to win another Saturday. Colleges have been hot on his trail, and odds are he will end up at Maryland or Virginia.
Hackensack headache

Around the Big East

A big win against Notre Dame has all but guaranteed Southern California a berth in a Bowl Championship Series game. And the loss left the Irish needing a little luck to make it that far. The Trojans (10-2) moved up two spots to No. 4 in the latest BCS standings, released Monday. Miami (11-0) and Ohio State (13-0) remained the top two teams, and Georgia (11-1) moved up one spot to No. 3.
USC in strong BCS position after Notre Dame win

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