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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

Rutgers brought 17 football recruits to Saturday’s basketball game against Villanova. The Scarlet Knights lost, 110-89, but it paid off for the football team yesterday, as coach Greg Schiano added four more commitments to his Class of 2003.
The commitments, confirmed by the players, comes two weeks before national signing day on Feb. 5.
The commitments came from Pottstown (Pa.) High, quarterback Terrence Shawell, Itasca (Minn.) Community College wide receiver Donnie Diaz, Miami (Fla.) Central High wideout Willie Foster and Piscataway fullback/linebacker Devraun Thompson.
Schiano, Scarlet Knights receive four more commitments


Pottstown High's Terrence Shawell opted not to wait two more weeks to decide where he will play college football.
Shawell, a strong-armed quarterback who passed for 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, gave an oral commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Rutgers yesterday.
Hofstra, Connecticut and West Virginia were also interested in the 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior.
Pottstown QB Shawell will play for Rutgers

Devraun Thompson, a first team All-State linebacker from Piscataway, is among four high school players to make verbal commitment to attend Rutgers.
Thompson joins Terrence Shawell, a 6-4, 190, quarterback from Pottstown, Pa., Willie Foster, a 5-9, 165-pound wide receiver from Miami Central High School in Florida and Donny Diaz, a 6-6, 195-pound wide receiver from Itasca Junior College in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Piscataway LB tops list of RU commitments

The slow, steady building of the Rutgers football program continued yesterday when coach Greg Schiano's staff received four verbal commitments from "skill-position players," increasing to 17 the number of newcomers who have agreed to sign next month. All four were among the players who visited over the weekend.
An all-state linebacker from Piscataway, a junior-college receiver from Minnesota, a 6-foot-4 quarterback from Pennsylvania, and a wide receiver who was one of 10 Floridians who made the trip north last weekend, gave their word yesterday.
Rutgers receives verbal commitments from four

Devraun Thompson, a 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker from Piscataway High School, was among four prospects to commit to Rutgers' football recruiting class of 2003 Monday.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano also shored up his offense after receiving non-binding commitments from a quarterback and two wide receivers.
Terrance Shawell, a 6-4, 190-pound quarterback from Pottstown, Pa., became the first quarterback to join the 2003 class.
Piscataway's Thompson headed to Rutgers

Women's Basketball

The Rutgers women’s basketball team made its debut in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday at No.23 and that kind of recognition would satisfy most coaches.
But not C. Vivian Stringer, who knows plenty of opponents will have even more incentive to knock off a Top 25 team.
“In a way, I hope we don’t get a ranking,” said Stringer Monday, an hour before learning the Scarlet Knights had moved into the rankings. “We probably function better coming from the underdog position.”
Knights join ranked at No. 23 on AP

Connecticut is making a run at the top spot in the AP women's basketball poll.
UConn, which was No. 1 all last season, moved up to second on Monday after setting an NCAA record with its 55th straight victory. Duke remained the overwhelming choice for No. 1, while No. 23 Rutgers (9-4, 3-1 Big East) joined the poll for the first time this season and Georgia returned at No. 24.
Notre Dame and Boston College dropped out.
Rutgers enters Top 25

The Rutgers women's basketball team made its debut in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday at No.‚23, and that kind of recognition would satisfy most coaches.
But not C. Vivian Stringer, who knows plenty of opponents will have even more incentive to knock off a Top 25 team.
"In a way, I hope we don't get a ranking," Stringer said Monday, an hour before learning the Scarlet Knights had moved into the rankings. "We probably function better coming from the underdog position."
Rutgers women return to Top 25

Men's Basketball

Mike Sweetney scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Georgetown to a 76-66 win over Rutgers Monday night.
Georgetown (10-4, 2-2 Big East) held the Scarlet Knights (8-8, 0-4) to just 31 percent shooting from the floor, and to just one field goal during a nine-minute stretch late in the second half.
Jerome Coleman scored 18 points to lead Rutgers, which has now lost five straight. With Miami's win over Connecticut Monday night, it is also the only team in the Big East without a conference win.
Georgetown Surges Past Rutgers 76-66

Just five Rutgers players fought through a humiliating pounding on their home court Saturday. They were the only five Rutgers coach Gary Waters wanted to discuss that night, the only ones he singled out for not quitting, and the ones, he said, who were due a reward come Monday.
It was more like a punishment.
The Scarlet Knights were shamed again, this time by Georgetown, 76-66,in a cavernously empty MCI Center. Rutgers rallied from a one-time 11-point deficit to pull ahead, but immediately followed that with a one-field goal, nine-minute stretch as the game wound down. That can't-make shooting was countered by the Hoyas' can't-miss version, and for the second consecutive game, the Scarlet Knights' guard-laden lineup was outplayed.
RU falls flat once again

The distance between Piscataway and New York City isn't much more than 35 miles. So why does Madison Square Garden -- site of the Big East Tournament -- suddenly seem so far away for Rutgers?
Here's why: The Knights are now the only Big East team without a league victory.
Mike Sweetney and Tony Bethel made sure Rutgers' conference drought didn't end last night, helping Georgetown pull away late for a 76-66 victory over the reeling Knights at the MCI Center.
Loss to Georgetown drops them to 0-4 in Big East

The Rutgers men's basketball team had no business even being close in Monday night's game against Georgetown. Fortunately for the Scarlet Knights, they met a team as inept as themselves, and the Hoyas gave them plenty of opportunities to hang around.
Despite missing 18 of its first 22 shots and trailing by double digits early in the second half, outsized, undermanned and overmatched Rutgers somehow managed to make things interesting before succumbing in a 76-66 defeat before a sparse crowd of 7,644 in the cavernous MCI Center.
Cold-shooting Rutgers loses 5th straight

Baseball

Bobby Brownlie threw about 55 pitches that could change his life yesterday in Irvine, Calif.
Now it's up to the Chicago Cubs to make an offer that will lure their No. 1 pick in last June's Major League draft out of Rutgers and into the pro ranks.
That won't come until this morning, when the Cubs plan to talk to the pitcher's father, Rob, who is handling the negotiations out of the Brownlie's Edison home with the advice of high-profile agent Scott Boras.
Brownlie awaits Cubs pitch

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Darius Rice capped a 43-point performance with a dramatic finish, stealing an inbounds pass and sinking a three-pointer at the final buzzer as Miami stunned No. 8 Connecticut 77-76 Monday night.
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