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The NJ Sportwriters Association will be holding it's 67th Anniversary Banquet on Sunday February 2nd from 11:30 am- 2:00 pm at the Pines Manor in Edison. Nathan Jones will be among those being honored for Football Scholar Athlete and Special Teams Player of the Year.
Tickets are $40 each or $380 for a table of 10. For information, people should call 877-257-0798.

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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Coaches Huddle

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Football

Rutgers yesterday hired Craig Ver Steeg to be the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, moving quickly to replace former coordinator Bill Cubit, who announced his resignation Tuesday.
Ver Steeg’s hiring followed a whirlwind 48 hours during which head coach Greg Schiano met with a number of candidates before offering the position to Ver Steeg, who was also in the running for the offensive coordinator position at Stanford. Schiano declined to say who the other candidates for the position were, or to discuss the specifics of Ver Steeg’s courtship.
Knights need just two days to find new offensive coordinator

Craig Ver Steeg has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Rutgers football team, it was announced today by head coach Greg Schiano.
Ver Steeg (pronounced ver steg) comes to Rutgers with a successful background as an offensive coach at four Division I institutions, as well as with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Most recently, he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for past two seasons at the University of Utah.
Ver Steeg Named Offensive Coordinator

A mere 48 hours after Bill Cubit resigned his post as offensive coordinator at Rutgers, head coach Greg Schiano has already found the man to work alongside him next season. And it comes as no surprise that Schiano has tapped into the wealth of resources from his coaching background in doing so.
Craig Ver Steeg, a former colleague and close friend of Schiano's with the National Football League's Chicago Bears from 1996-97, was hired yesterday as the Scarlet Knights' new offensive general and quarterbacks coach.
Schiano hires longtime friend

With two schools pursuing him for the same job, Craig Ver Steeg knew he had to make a decision -- and quickly. All it took was two days of trying Rutgers on for size to know it was the right fit.
The 42-year-old West Coast native was named the Knights' offensive coordinator yesterday, replacing Bill Cubit, who had resigned two days earlier. The former offensive coordinator at Utah, Ver Steeg had become good friends with Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano when the two served as assistants on the Chicago Bears' staff in 1996 and 1997.
Schiano names offensive coordinator

Call it The Young Boy Network.
College football's still-youngest head coach needed a new offensive coordinator this week and knew just where to look.
Back to one of his closest friends in the game, someone with whom he'd coached on Dave Wannstedt's Chicago Bears' staff. Someone he'd talk to regularly ever since, even when they were working at near-opposite ends of the nation. Someone with whom he felt comfortable socially and professionally. Someone whose ideas about football meshed with his own
VerSteeg can provide Rutgers, Schiano with a lot

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Men's Basketball

Asked if he knows a way to stop Seton Hall's six-man offense, Rutgers men's basketball coach Gary Waters, whose Scarlet Knights face the Pirates on Sunday, figured one out on the fly.
"It's called TIME OUT!" he said emphatically.
Georgetown coach Craig Esherick had no such strategy in Wednesday's 93-82 overtime loss to Seton Hall in which the Pirates' ship was, shall we say, a bit overcrowded.
Rutgers' Waters weighs in on Seton Hall disaster

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High Prospects

Dennis Davis cancelled an official visit to Rutgers, and didn't schedule anymore. The Rutherford senior quarterback knew Hofstra was the place for him to continue his football career.
Rutherford wide out chooses Hofstra

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