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
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Rutgers' football roster will increase by two players when the second semester starts tomorrow, but head coach Greg Schiano may have to wait until the summer to add two recruits he was hoping would be enrolled in time to participate in spring practice.
Linebacker Brad Cunningham, who started four games as a true freshman during the 2001 season before leaving school last summer, and junior college offensive lineman Clint Dato confirmed they will be in school and taking classes tomorrow.
OL Green may miss semester, spring drills
In lieu of Saturdays lopsided loss to Villanova, Rutgers coach Gary Waters said he would consider lineup changes for todays must-win game against Georgetown.
Rutgers suffered its worst loss of the season at home to the Wildcats, 110-89, falling behind by 32 points late in the second half and allowing over 100 points for the first time since 1993, when it gave up 105 to George Washington. After the game Waters went out of his way to praise the efforts of starters Ricky Shields and Herve Lamizana, and reserves Juel Wiggan, Calvin Wooten and Jason McCoy.
Reeling Knights hope to end four-game skid
With his team down by 32 with seven minutes to play and Villanova seeming to hit a three every time Rutgers knocked in two, Calvin Wooten figured what would come next was obvious.
"I looked at the clock," the Rutgers freshman said, "and I thought there was a lot of time left. And that we could still win this thing."
RU seeks a spark before it's too late
The Scarlet Knights are 8-7, 0-3 in the BIG EAST. Rutgers opened its BIG EAST slate with a tough stretch, losing to a pair of Top-10 teams in Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, then falling to Villanova 110-89 at the RAC on Saturday. Overalll, the Knights have a four-game losing streak.
RUTGERS (8-7, 0-3) at GEORGETOWN (9-4, 1-2)
Rutgers coach Gary Waters still wasn't sure yesterday what action he would take in the wake of a shocking meltdown Saturday night at home against Villanova, but he was certain of one thing: Changes are coming.
Waters said the five players he felt continued to play hard throughout the record-breaking 110-89 defeat -- specifically after his team fell behind by 32 points with 7:02 to play -- could expect a significant increase in playing time tonight, when Rutgers plays Georgetown at the MCI Center.
Those five, according to Waters, were freshman Calvin Wooten, who scored a career-high 24 points, Ricky Shields, Herve Lamizana, Jason McCoy and Juel Wiggan.
Waters to give five more time
Astep forward last season followed by a step backward this season will put Rutgers right back where it started under second-year head coach Gary Waters.
Which is not good enough.
Last season's trip aboard the Love Boat apparently only went around the harbor. The Scarlet Knights are back on the U.S.S. Mediocrity - perhaps for an extended stay.
Mediocrity of Rutgers under Waters unacceptable
All of those Rutgers fans ready to push the panic button because the Scarlet Knights have dropped four straight games, including three at home, are in a need of a reality check.
So, here goes.
Excluding an 83-75 overtime defeat to La Salle, Rutgers' six other losses have come against teams with a combined 80-28 record (.741 winning percentage) and an average Ratings Percentage Index of 20.5.
Time for a reality check
While senior Jerome Coleman has been shooting himself in the foot, freshman Calvin Wooten might be shooting himself into a starting job.
Wooten, who has made 13 of his last 20 field-goal attempts, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range, is coming off a career-high 24-point effort in Saturday's humiliating 110-89 loss to Villanova at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The defeat was the fourth straight for the Scarlet Knights (8-7 overall, 0-3 Big East), who are looking for ways to break out of the tailspin before tonight's Big East West Division meeting with Georgetown.
Rutgers might feature a Coleman-less backcourt tonight against Georgetown
Bobby Brownlie will deliver an 11th-hour pitching audition today that will determine if the right-hander signs a million-dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs or returns Tuesday to Rutgers for his senior season.
Selected by Chicago in the first round with the 21st pick of last year's draft, Brownlie is scheduled to meet with Cubs' general manager Jim Hendry and throw from a mound for about 45 minutes at the University of California-Irvine.
"If the Cubs came in with an offer that I like, I would sign," Brownlie said, though he declined to offer a ballpark estimate late Saturday night. "But it would take a pretty good offer to steer me away from Rutgers."
Decision day for Brownlie
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Hansen, the athletic director and head football coach of St. Peter's Prep School, held up the pages, which contained handwritten notes by quarterback Joe Dailey, who reneged recently on his commitment to Syracuse in favor of Nebraska.
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