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 Football Recruiting

PISCATAWAY - Perhaps missing the Miami winters, Rutgers' football coach Greg Schiano invited some guests this weekend whom he hopes bring him sunshine.Rutgers is expecting 17 recruits to visit campus today and Sunday, making this the year's biggest on-site pitch weekend yet. And as the former Miami defensive coordinator has in his first two years at Rutgers, Schiano appears committed to recruiting South Florida - 10 of the recruits are from the Sunshine State.
Recruits visit Rutgers


The basketball futures of three of the four players in Gary Waters' first full recruiting class at Rutgers will be decided in the coming week -- with the strong possibility that two of them will be leaving the program after being in it less than a year.
Rutgers notebook: Davis, Hill likely to leave the team

Jay Wright didn't know where to begin. Scanning the final stat sheet, he knew there was no sensible answer to be found in the pinball game numbers he was looking at. After all, what coach sees his team commit 25 turnovers and win by 21 points -- on the road, no less?
Rutgers is put on the RAC by Villanova

It was ugly history for Rutgers last night as the Scarlet Knights, who actually were a slim favorite in the game, were annihilated, 110-89, by the young Wildcat team Hill Jr. had a large role in recruiting and Wright is doing a masterful job coaching to the top in the Big East Conference, where they now are 4-0 and streaking. Rutgers fell to 0-3 to start the conference portion of the schedule.
Scarlet stuck in a rut

PISCATAWAY - Herve Lamizana wasn't quite ready to call Rutgers' home game against Villanova last night a must-win situation, but the Knights' junior forward did concede that he and his teammates have already used up whatever margin for error they had this season.
Rutgers starting all over

PISCATAWAY - The Louis Brown Athletic Center mystique is officially missing. The sellout crowd, a large part of which urged Rutgers to 15 home wins a year ago, may as well have sat on its hands for all the noise it made Saturday night. Jerome Coleman, he of the springy step and prodigious jump shot, has all but disappeared. He's been virtually insignificant in Rutgers' last five games. And Rutgers' postseason chances could be the most frightening of the vanishing acts. The Scarlet Knights were thumped, pounded, and shot out in a 110-89 trouncing by Villanova Saturday night. Rutgers was sluggish offensively, bored defensively, and showed little desire as a young Villanova team made a mockery of the Big East's second-stingiest defense.
Rutgers loses to Villanova

PISCATAWAY -- It was a good thing for the Rutgers University men's basketball team that the officials turned in a performance nearly as bad as the Scarlet Knights'. Because it was the referees who absorbed much of the venom that a sellout crowd otherwise would have directed toward the Scarlet Knights in an embarrassing 110-89 loss to Villanova on Saturday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Rutgers loses, sets record for most points allowed at home - Courier News

PISCATAWAY -- The final buzzer might have sounded on Cortez Davis' freshman season. Davis, the 6-foot-7 forward from Washington D.C. who was one of the prize members of Rutgers head coach Gary Waters' first full recruiting class, will be evaluated by school medical personnel Monday for an unspecified medical condition.
Rutgers-Villanova men's basketball notebook - Courier News

It was wild. It was crazy. It was Villanova coming into one of the most notoriously raucous arenas in the Big East Conference and knocking down shot after shot. By the time the scoreboard operator at the Louis Brown Athletic Center got to rest his weary fingers last night, the Wildcats had scored their most points ever on an opponent's home court and cruised to a wacky 110-89 victory over Rutgers before a stunned sellout crowd of 8,013.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/19/2003 | Villanova stuns Rutgers with an offensive explosion

PISCATAWAY -- On Friday, Rutgers coach Gary Waters insisted that he was not concerned with his team's 0-2 start in the Big East. He pointed out that both losses came to top 10 teams -- Pittsburgh and Notre Dame -- and said the Scarlet Knights would be undefeated had they played any other league opponents. He said it was not time to panic.
The Trentonian

Women's Basketball

Cappie Pondexter hitting a clutch shot against a ranked team with 26 seconds remaining has become a successful trend for Rutgers. Yesterday, Pondexter drilled a 12-foot jumper with 26 seconds showing as Rutgers overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 21 Notre Dame, 64-61, in a Big East showdown in South Bend, Ind.
N.J. women's basketball: Rutgers roars by No. 21 Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Perhaps it was a tape of the last time a Rutgers women's basketball team upset Notre Dame, a montage of the 2001 squad's 54-53 victory when the Fighting Irish were No.‚1 in the country, that was the difference. "I played that clip to inspire us to rise to another level," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said.
Pondexter's shot caps Rutgers rally as Knights upset Notre Dame - Courier News

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Rutgers didn't come up short on its comeback attempt this time.
Tired of seeing the Scarlet Knights rally late only to come up short, Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer told her team to play as if it trailed by 10 points with five minutes remaining. In reality, Rutgers was down by 15 with 11:45 to play.
The Trentonian

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