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The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its annual Recruiting Tailgate Meeting on Wednesday night February 5th at 7:00 P.M. at the Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC). Doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Coach Greg Schiano will review the 2003 recruiting class in this meeting. Subs and beverages will be served. Remember this meeting will not be at the Hale Center due to the large crowd expected.
If you are interested in joining the Touchdown Club you can join that night or you can visit our web-site at www.touchdownclub.rutgers.edu to learn more about the club and get an application form.

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.
To reserve your spot or to ask questions, please reply back to Keith Norton at Norton@winants.rutgers.edu directly.
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Coaches Huddle

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Football

Michigan tight end Bennie Joppru caught the ball well, but needs to exhibit more physical play as a blocker. Rutgers TE L.J. Smith went home with a hamstring injury and will be replaced by Arizona State TE Mike Pinkard.
WRs steal the show

Women's Basketball

Considering her Rutgers women's basketball team just played two Top 10 foes, it says a lot when coach C. Vivian Stringer says Villanova is the opponent she dreads facing the most. "Quite honestly, I hate playing Villanova," she said Tuesday. "There's no other team in the league like Villanova. They can beat you so many ways."
Like it or not, the Scarlet Knights (7-4, 1-1 in Big East) must face Villanova at 7:30 tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Wildcats (12-1, 3-0) are ranked No.‚19 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and have won six straight games.
Villanova means trouble to Stringer

Men's Basketball

For the second straight game Notre Dame took advantage of making a lot more trips to the free throw line.
The 10th-ranked Irish went 22-for-23 from the line last night in a 68-57 victory over Rutgers, which was 5-for-9 on free throws.
On Sunday, Notre Dame took 20 more free throws than Seton Hall in a 10-point home victory.
Scarlet Knights done in by Irish free throws

Matt Carroll scored 25 points, Chris Thomas had 19 and No. 10 Notre Dame made all but one of its 23 free throws in beating Rutgers 68-57 on Tuesday night.
Rutgers (8-6, 0-2 Big East) took only nine free throw, making five, as the Irish (14-2, 2-1) used a big advantage in foul shots to win for the second straight game. The Irish were 22-of-29 from the free throw line on Sunday in a 10-point win over Seton Hall while the Pirates were 8-of-9.
The Scarlet Knights lost Tuesday night despite taking 62 shots compared to 43 for the Irish. Notre Dame, which was outrebounded 34-30, outshot Rutgers 44 percent to 39 percent.
Rutgers Falls at #9 Notre Dame, 68-57

Rutgers has a stack of frustrating losses so high this season that the Scarlet Knights suddenly find themselves straining to peer over the plus side of .500 these days. But Gary Waters wasn't willing to file this latest one along with all the rest.
After all, Rutgers' second-year coach said, this was the No. 10 team in the country the Knights played -- and on the road.
"As reporters, you guys are going to write that Rutgers blew it again," Waters said. "But this was a top-10 team at their place. You either fight and pull it out or they prevail. That's what happened. They prevailed."
Trips down stretch, Falls to ND

Rutgers didn't quite jump in to join the ref bashing that seems to be so in vogue in the Big East these days, but the Knights were left to wonder about the huge free-throw disparity in last night's game against Notre Dame.
It didn't help that the Irish made 22 of the 23 foul shots they attempted, with Rutgers going 5-for-9.
"They shot 23. We shot nine. I won't comment on it," Rutgers coach Gary Waters said. "They shot 23. We shot nine."
Waters holds off critiquing refs

The crowd had grown so eerily quiet at the Joyce Center, you could almost hear the ball leaving shooting guard Matt Carroll's fingertips. But as soon as it did, everybody in the building, sensing Carroll's 3-point attempt would touch nothing but net, rose and let out a thunderous roar.
Carroll's 3-pointer snapped a tie midway through the second half and ignited a 14-2 run that carried the 10th-ranked Notre Dame men's basketball team to a 68-57 victory over Rutgers before a sellout crowd of 11,054 Tuesday night.
Last-place Rutgers hangs in before losing 68-57 to Notre Dame

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High School Prospects

Louie McCroskey, Tariq Atkins and Brian Laing have been to North Carolina and Florida and are heading, with St.Raymond's, to Missouri this weekend - all for the chance to play a little basketball. Rice's Shagari Alleyne and Russell Robinson have traveled to Florida and Houston in search of good games.
But there's nothing quite like the competition right here at home in the South Bronx.
St. Raymond's finds home sweet vs. Rice

Greg Olsen, all of 5-years old, was only there to watch his big brother, Christian, 7, play basketball. But his father, Chris, had other ideas.
When one of the players on Christian's team didn't show up for the game, Chris, the coach, didn't hesitate. He rustled up a spare jersey and tossed it to Greg, finally putting his boys together in a game that counted.
"That was the first time they ever played on a team together," said Chris, the football coach at Wayne Hills. "Greg was just in kindergarten and wasn't old enough to play, but we needed another player. He was big, even then, and a little chubby, but he fit in."
Irish reunion?

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