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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 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.
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Justise Hairston ended up in New Britain, wrapped in a football star's body, and adopted by a barely older brother and a town full of daughters. Now 19, and on his way to Rutgers, Hairston is trying to part the troubled waters of his life and perhaps deliver Rutgers to the promised land.
He is less than 14 months
removed from being named Connecticut's Player of the Year. He played just six games in 2001, his senior campaign at New Britain High, and still managed to rack up 1,147 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. At 6-foot-2 and a solid 215 pounds, the tailback has a frame Rutgers strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler must be salivating over. None of the Rutgers coaches can actually discuss Hairston until he makes official his oral commitment by signing a national letter of intent, as he says he will, Feb. 5.
Hairston escapes rough neighborhood to pursue his dream

Women's Basketball

A shooting guard all her life, Mauri Horton has assumed the point guard position for the Rutgers women's basketball team this season.
"Mauri can play anywhere on the court," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "She's extremely valuable."
When Rutgers travels to Providence tonight (7:30), Horton will play as many as four positions on the court, everywhere except center.
Rutgers' Horton settles into her new role

The Rutgers women's basketball team (10-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) play its third road contest in a four-game span as the Scarlet Knights take on Providence (8-9, 2-4 BIG EAST) Tuesday, Jan. 28. Tipoff at Alumni Hall (2,620) is at 7:30 p.m. The game is being carried live on WCTC 1450 AM and WRSU 88.7 FM. A live radio feed of the broadcast also is available on
No. 23 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) at Providence Friars (8-9, 2-4 BIG EAST)

Men's Basketball

Six steps back and one forward.
After focusing on his team's offense for the past six games - all of them losses - Rutgers second-year coach Gary Waters said Sunday that he will go back to recasting his team's defense after an 86-75 loss to West Virginia at the Coliseum before 5,407 fans.
"We don't have to get this thing right, but we will get this thing right," Waters said emphatically. "We've got to play [defense] better. Right now, we don't have it right."
Rutgers struggling on defense



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High Prospects

From the All-Dade Class 6A-4A Football First-Team, Rutgers has received two commitments and are among the final two favorites for two others.
All-Dade Class 6A-4A Football Teams

Around Big East

Jameel Dumas, the second-leading tackler on the Syracuse University football team last season, has withdrawn from school for the spring semester. "That's all I'm going to say," head coach Paul Pasqualoni said Monday morning. "This is strictly a voluntary, personal thing. He just felt that at this point it would be best to do it this way."
Syracuse's Dumas withdraws from school

Around the nation

Eighteen months after Northwestern's Rashidi Wheeler died during an unauthorized summer practice, the school has built quite a legal defense for itself
Andro first created a national stir during Mark McGwire's record-setting 70-homer season.(AP)
That's how silly the crusade against banned substances in college football has become. Northwestern has been sued by Wheeler's family, claiming overexertion suffered during a conditioning drill caused his death. The university countered in court last week with what a circuit judge called "a bomb" -- revelations that as many 12 other Wildcats took stimulants the day Wheeler died.
Enhancement advances further muddying drug quagmire

Interesting Article

For Jackie Sherrill, selling Mississippi State football on the recruiting trail is sort of like trying to peddle canned heat off a flatbed truck in August in Texas. In fact, Sherrill's sales pitch is the toughest of any coach from a BCS league.
Even after good seasons, such as when the Bulldogs won the SEC West in 1998, Sherrill doesn't clean up with prospects. There just aren't a lot of inherent advantages to recruiting at Mississippi State. Chief among the negatives:
Sherrill's recruiting trail is a rough road

Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell (Rutgers grad) is confident the San Francisco 49ers aren't just placating the league by following its mandate to interview at least one minority candidate for a head coaching vacancy. He feels he has a real shot to become the 49ers' next head coach when he interviews with general manager Terry Donahue today in Los Angeles.
For Cottrell, who is African-American, the interview will be his seventh for a head coaching post in the NFL over the past three years. He has interviewed with the Jets (before Herman Edwards was hired), Buffalo, Carolina, Houston, Indianapolis and San Diego.
Cottrell likes chances to take over Niners

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