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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 their 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.
For full schedule and further info, please visit -
Coaches Huddle

Please note that we are having problems with our old domain www.rutgersfootball.com. This also effects any e-mail going to Donald "Big Dog" Forbes at BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com. Everyone that needs to e-mail me, please use DForbes@Theinsiders.com.

As a result of the problems, the redirect or access to the URL is no longer working. Please inform anyone who might be having problems.
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Football

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Women's Basketball

Cappie Pondexter seems to magnetically attract the ball in pressure situations. Whenever Rutgers is in a bind, the sophomore guard manages to turn up with it.
So with the final seconds spilling off the clock last night and the Scarlet Knights trailing No. 19 Villanova by a point, there was no doubt about who would take the last shot.
Pondexter leads way past Villanova

Cappie Pondexter scored on a driving layup with 28 seconds left, and Shalicia Hurns made a key steal to lift Rutgers over No. 19 Villanova 58-57 last night.
Pondexter drove from the right side and banked in a shot to give Rutgers a 58-57 lead.Hurns then trapped Villanova’s Courtney Mix in the corner on the next possession, stole the ball and was fouled with 18 seconds left. Hurns missed the front of the one-and-one, but Villanova’s Trish Juhline was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded
Rutgers women surprise Villanova

The Rutgers women’s basketball team (8-4, 2-1) jumped out to an 18-4 lead and held off No. 19/25 Villanova (12-2, 3-1), 58-57, Wednesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
RU is now 6-0 at home this season. It was Rutgers’ first victory over a ranked team since Feb. 17, 2001, a 54-53 win against No. 1/1 Notre Dame at the LBAC. It was the first time Rutgers has defeated a ranked team when being unranked since March 16, 1998; a 62-61 win at #24 Iowa State in NCAA Tournament second round.
Rutgers Holds Off #19 Villanova 58-57

Cappie Pondexter watched an eight-point lead slip away in the second half, so she wasn't about to let another one get away from the Rutgers women's basketball team in the final minute. After Villanova took its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 42.4 seconds remaining, Pondexter took over. The 5-foot-9 point guard got past her defender and drove to the basket for a layup with 26.4 seconds left to give the Scarlet Knights the lead again.
Pondexter then took over defensively. She was in the middle of two defensive traps in the final 20 seconds to lead Rutgers to a thrilling 58-57 win over No.ƒ19 Villanova before 2,112 Wednesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Rutgers scores big win over Villanova

Men's Basketball

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High Prospects

Brandon Nolen, a two-time All-Middlesex County running back from Old Bridge, has made a verbal commitment to Clemson.
The 5-11, 180-pound halfback made his decision after visiting the South Carolina campus last weekend. He also made official visits to Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Rutgers.
"Clemson had the best combination of academics and football," Nolen said. "They have a strong criminal justice program, which is something I'm interested in."
Football Old Bridge's Nolen selects Clemson

Hun's Chris Malleo, The Times' co-Prep football Player of the Year, gave a verbal commitment to Northwestern over the weekend, becoming the second Raiders player to give his word to a Big Ten college in the last month.
Hun's Malleo commits to NU

Around the nation

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Interesting Article

The athletic scholarship is one of our many unique national entities. No other country on earth does what we do with our young athletes, and that includes our friends residing in America Light on the other side of our northern border.
They do have college athletics in Canada, but their system is far more analogous to our Division 3 level of competition than it is to either Division 1 basketball or Division 1-A football. The better football, basketball, and hockey players in Canada either turn professional or come down here to one of our schools. There are plenty of spots for them.
In sports, colleges are degrees apart

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