As Rutgers comes upon the rugged Big East Basketball schedule, they would like to invite you to join the Scarlet R in the Coaches' Huddle - a pre-game meal featuring Rutgers Athletics. The Huddle gives you an opportunity to gain an inside look at the opponent Rutgers will be facing that night with a brief scouting report by a member of the basketball coaching staff. Each Huddle will also showcase the coach of one of our 30 intercollegiate athletic programs. In addition, the event will provide a full buffet-style meal prepared by Rutgers Catering. The cost for each person is $10 - with and additional $5 for those who would like to have beer or wine with their meal.
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Sore legs, tired eyes and emotional fatigue were a small price to pay for Shalicia Hurns. Each was temporary, the Rutgers junior knew, but the 24 minutes she spent on the court with her teammates were lasting. The first day of Hurns' career as a Scarlet Knight was exhausting. She traveled eight hours last Thursday - her first day of eligibility after sitting out one year as a transfer from Purdue - to join Rutgers for a night game at No. 8 Texas Tech. While the long day took its toll on the 6-foot-3 forward's body, it made an indelible impression on the spirit of her team.
Hurns gives Rutgers a lift
Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Villanova, Georgetown - three ranked teams, a perennial Big East contender, and the end of a mildly pleasant pre-league slate.
"This could be fun," Rutgers junior Ricky Shields said of his team's next four games. "Or it could hurt."
Make or break for RU
After another poor shooting night Saturday against La Salle, senior guard Jerome Coleman said he should be benched if he continues to struggle with his shot, but head coach Gary Waters didn't seem inclined to accommodate his star.
Waters has given Coleman the ultimate honor -- the green light -- and along with that distinction comes the understanding that shooters go through slumps.
Coleman still has 'Go' sign
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Around the Big East
Amid the tears and stunned silence in Miami's locker room following the Hurricanes' 31-24, double-overtime loss to Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Friday night, there was also resolve. "For me, I'm ready to start practice tomorrow," running back Jarrett Payton said. "I've seen this team up and down, but I haven't seen them down in a long time. It will make us work harder. I will stress to the younger players that how we feel now, we don't want to feel ever again."
Winds of change blowing for Hurricanes
Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese says one college president from each of the six BCS conferences will form a coalition to study the future of the system. But don't expect any earth-shattering modifications. Tranghese predicts the postseason structure won't change much when the current BCS deal expires after the 2005 season. . . .
With RB Willis McGahee likely out for the 2003 season with a devastating knee injury, Miami will turn to Frank Gore in the backfield. Gore missed 2002 recovering from a knee injury, but word is he's looking better and better. Getting on the field and working with the scout team during preparations for the Fiesta Bowl did wonders for his confidence.
Coalition forms to study the future of BCS
Around the nation
Corn chips had become decorations on drenched, exhausted football players. Fireworks filled the sky, the thousands in Ohio State scarlet and gray roared, and players spoke with tears in their eyes. And next season began, minutes after Ohio State's passionate 31-24, double-overtime victory against Miami.
Don't jump on our repeat bandwagon
Deshawn Summers and Stewart Graddick walk out of the Long Beach airport terminal last Friday and immediately catch sight of their ride. Their jaws drop. A sparkling white Cadillac limousine truck is there to greet the Lincoln basketball team and its coaches.
"Oooh. It's niiiice," Graddick says with a big smile. "There's mad soda, a big TV and a lot of other things back there. We're just kicking back."
The football helmets resting on each table and the athletic young men carrying VCR tapes and wearing letter jackets indicated this wasn't the usual College Night at the local high school.
With college football's National Signing Day set for Feb. 5, Lower Merion held its first College Football Recruiting Night Dec. 11. Under the direction of Lower Merion coach John Vaccaro, 23 colleges and about 100 players gathered in Lower Merion's cafeteria on a rainy, gloomy evening that many hoped would lead to a bright, sunny future.
Football fair proves big help to recruits
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