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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.
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Football

Bill Cubit resigned yesterday as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers following a disastrous 1-11 season in which the Scarlet Knights finished last among all Division I-A schools in total offense and set a school record for least rushing yards.
Rutgers offensive coordinator quits

Rutgers offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has resigned to pursue other career opportunities, it was announced today by head football coach Greg Schiano.
Offensive Coordinator Cubit Resigns

Something had to change.
After Rutgers' offense sputtered to 214 yards per game and averaged just 13.9 points - both national lows - it was likely someone would have to take the fall. Tuesday, Scarlet Knights' coach Greg Schiano announced that person is offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.
"Bill and I spoke at length about the season and everything that went on," said Schiano, who is about to begin his third spring at Rutgers. "We both thought it was best."
Schiano 'made some decisions' on offensive coach

In what was a highly speculated and much anticipated move, Rutgers announced in a press release yesterday that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has resigned "to pursue other career opportunities."
The resignation marks the official end of the Cubit era at Rutgers, a failed attempt by head coach Greg Schiano to install an offense centered around the Midwest-based family.
Cubit follows son's lead

Bill Cubit's disappointing two-year run as Rutgers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach ended as expected yesterday when he announced his resignation from the football staff -- two weeks after his son, quarterback Ryan Cubit, transferred out of the program to Western Michigan.
Though head coach Greg Schiano said his "main focus" is on recruiting, there's a chance he could have a replacement named for the $140,000-a-year post by national letter of intent signing day next Wednesday. Darrell Hazell, Rutgers' promising wide receivers coach, is expected to get strong consideration if Schiano promotes from within. If a replacement comes from outside the program, Schiano will likely stick to his coaching roots, meaning someone with ties to his previous stops as an assistant at Penn State, Miami and the Chicago Bears.
Bill Cubit follows QB son out of program

Former University of Utah assistant coach Craig Ver Steeg has been targeted to replace Bill Cubit, who resigned as offensive coordinator at Rutgers University on Tuesday night. Ver Steeg, 41, worked alongside current Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano when the two were assistants with the NFL's Chicago Bears from 1996-97.
He served as offensive coordinator at Utah and was fired -- along with the rest of the staff -- at the end of last season after a 5-6 season.
Former Utah head coach Ron McBride confirmed Tuesday night that Ver Steeg interviewed with Schiano for Cubit's position.
Cubit out as offensive coordinator; Kentucky's Ver Steeg targeted

Let's meet Craig Ver Steeg

Craig Ver Steeg (pronounced ver steg) wasted no time getting re-acclimated to University of Utah football. When Ver Steeg was a graduate assistant coach and recruiting director from 1986-89, Utah featured one of the nation's most prolific offenses. On his return to Salt Lake City last year, this time as Utah's offensive coordinator, he got the offense back on the national radar screen. As a first-year offensive coordinator, Ver Steeg implemented a system that resulted in a 50-plus jump nationally in most offensive categories. The 2001 Utes finished 24th in total offense, 40th in scoring offense and 12th in rushing offense. In the Mountain West Conference, Utah showed similar offensive gains under the veteran college and NFL assistant. The Utes finished in the top three in the league in every offensive category and were second in scoring and total offense. That compared with fifth-place marks the year before.
Craig Ver Steeg

Women's Basketball

The Rutgers University women's basketball team was beginning to forget what a win earned in 40 minutes felt like. After losing to Virginia Tech in overtime Jan. 22 and defeating St. John's in double-overtime last Saturday, the Scarlet Knights needed a game without drama. Providence College obliged Tuesday night as Rutgers saved itself work beyond regulation in a 71-44 win at Alumni Hall.
"After St. John's, we were mentally, physically and emotionally fatigued," said Rutgers senior guard Mauri Horton, who scored 14 points. "We went back to practice and came in here with focus."
Rutgers women win an easy one in Providence

Men's Basketball

Rutgers has 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, Georgetown and West Virginia. Overall, the Knights are 8-9, 0-5 in the BIG EAST and have dropped six straight.
Freshman guard Calvin Wooten has been a major plus for Rutgers, gaining his first career start against West Virginia and scoring eight points and grabbing a career high six rebounds. He is averaging 11.4 ppg in BIG EAST games.
No. 24 (AP) Syracuse (13-2, 4-1) at Rutgers (8-9, 0-5)

It never seems to matter how much the names and faces change when Syracuse and Rutgers meet on the basketball court. The story line never does.
The Orangemen visit the Rutgers Athletic Center tonight in just about the same situation they're in every year at this time: Ranked in the Top 25 and well on their way to another 20-victory season and another NCAA Tournament berth.
Syracuse provides stark contrast

Rutgers men's basketball coach Gary Waters and forward Herve Lamizana had a long discussion before practice Tuesday, and both agree on one thing: Despite playing out of position, Lamizana needs to get more touches. "I'm on the same page," Waters said. "This is an ongoing saga."
Because Rutgers lacks a strong post presence, Waters has been forced to play Lamizana, a wiry 6-foot-10 junior, at power forward or center.
"He's more of a wing forward," Waters said. "He's not a back-to-the-basket guy. Even though we put him there, that's not his strength."
Waters knows Lamizana needs to get the ball

Gary Waters entered this season with low expectations. He said he didn't expect his Rutgers men's basketball team to match last year's 18-13 record and 8-8 performance in the Big East.
But the Scarlet Knights have reached even lower depths than expected. They've managed to leapfrog backward to the rear of the league, behind West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Rutgers throws it in reverse

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NJ All-Stars

All-star summer football junkies will love this bit of news: The annual North-South and Governor's Bowl games will be played on the same day at Rutgers Stadium next July 12.
"We're combining them both for the same day," Caldwell coach Ken Trimmer told the Daily Record Tuesday. "We want a football jamboree to showcase the best high school football in the state of New Jersey."
All-Star H.S. Football: Let's play two!

High School Propects

Mbainai "Roman" Narmbaye, a 6-foot-10 center from Chad who has spent the last year at Life Center Academy in Burlington Township, has made an oral commitment to play college basketball next season at La Salle, his coach said yesterday.
Darryl Gladden, a point guard for the Explorers in the late 1970s, said that Narmbaye had chosen La Salle over St. Joseph's, Rutgers, Colorado and Massachusetts.
6-foot-10 center headed for La Salle

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Interesting Article

Before Alexandra Hunter even showed up for the first day of ninth grade at Bergen Academy in Hackensack, she was lobbying the school to start a girls' field hockey team.
Three years later, Hunter's still lobbying.
On Tuesday, Hunter was one of four high school athletes at a Washington news conference, arguing that the law that has boosted female participation in sports needs to be protected, not weakened as a federal commission has proposed.
North Jersey athlete lobbies for Title IX

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