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.
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The honors keep on coming for Nate Jones. The Rutgers University junior and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School graduate was presented with the Football Scholar Athlete and Special Teams Player of the Year awards by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association on Sunday.
"This is a great honor," Jones told a packed banquet at the Pines Manor. "I have to thank my coaches at Scotch Plains and Rutgers."
Rutgers' Jones honored at annual banquet
For this seasons Rutgers Scarlet Knights, each game is a sobering new reality, each loss a lesson in physics as they plummet to the depths of the Big East standings.
Yesterday at the Continental Airlines Arena they were schooled by Seton Hall, undone by turnovers and the same late-game jitters that have already cost the Knights so many games this season. The result was a 58-53 defeat, the teams seventh loss in eight games that squashed any momentum it had built with Wednesdays victory over Syracuse.
Rutgers drops to 1-6 in Big East with loss to Seton Hall
John Allen scored six of his 25 points in a game-ending 17-7 spurt that rallied Seton Hall to a 58-53 victory over Rutgers on Sunday in a showdown between New Jersey's BIG EAST Conference programs.
Andre Barrett added 14 points and Andre Sweet had a couple of key late rebounds for the Pirates (9-9, 4-4), who trailed by 13 points early in the second half.
Jerome Coleman had 19 points for Rutgers (9-10, 1-6), which scored 17 points in the final 17:53. Coleman had three points in that span.
Seton Hall Rallies to Defeat Rutgers 58-53
Rutgers' lead was mounting. Every offensive trip for Seton Hall became an adventure, usually ending in futility. But the Pirates never panicked, and their confidence never wavered.
They knew the team they were playing.
"They've been in a lot of close games this year and it always slips away from them," Seton Hall forward Marcus Toney-El said of the Scarlet Knights. "And I felt this game would slip away once we started playing hard."
Seton Hall 58 - Rutgers 53: Hall for one
As Seton Hall's Greg Morton clanked a free throw, Rutgers' Jerome Coleman turned to Morton's teammate Andre Barrett and said, I'm getting the ball.
I'm getting the ball, Coleman said, sharing a smile with Barrett, and shooting a three, he continued, and tying this game, he finished. "Well," Barrett told him, "you're not getting your hands on the ball."
He was right. Only Seton Hall had nothing to do with it.
Knights in a no-win situation
Add Seton Hall to the list of teams that have taken advantage of Rutgers' inability to get things done down the stretch.
John Allen scored six of his 25 points in a game-ending 17-7 spurt that rallied the Hall to a 58-53 victory yesterday at the Meadowlands in a showdown between New Jersey's struggling Big East programs.
Seton sinks Rutgers
Herve Lamizana is convinced it's a mental thing now for him and his teammates. It almost doesn't matter who Rutgers is playing or where or how well the Knights have performed for the first 35 minutes of any game.
But, have the clock show five minutes or less remaining -- "special situations," is what coach Gary Waters calls them -- and Rutgers suddenly turns into the Keystone Kops.
Rutgers has Another unhappy ending
Game on the line, last-gasp, time running out. Who does Rutgers want taking the potential winning or tying shot?
If forced to ad-lib -- as was the case against Syracuse last Wednesday -- maybe having Herve Lamizana hoisting something so far off that it banks in is an option. That's what happened in the Knights' 68-65 upset of the Orangemen.
Even Shields is surprised that he got to take the last shot
The Seton Hall men's basketball team rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to tie Sunday's game against Rutgers but couldn't get over the hump until John Allen put the Pirates on his shoulders and carried them to victory. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 25 points, including six straight during a pivotal stretch of the closing minutes, as Seton Hall roared back for a 58-53 win before 10,137 fans at Continental Airlines Arena.
Rutgers chokes away big lead in crushing loss to Seton Hall
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High School Propects
Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt said Jamar Brittingham, a 2002 Neshaminy graduate and The Inquirer's player of the year in 2001, is deciding from among a number of Division I-A programs.
Schmidt said Ohio and Rutgers are two of the schools recruiting the speedy running back, who rushed for 2,585 yards in his senior season at Neshaminy. He is now at Kiski Prep in Pittsburgh.
Colleges' version of 'Star Search' nearing its end
Around Big East
When your pass defense is the worst in college football, it's easy to figure out your biggest recruiting need.
The Syracuse Orangemen are loading up on defensive backs as part of the recruiting class that will sign national letters of intent on Wednesday. They are being summoned to assist in the overhaul of a secondary that surrendered a school record 22 touchdown passes last season and allowed an average of 303.8 yards per game passing, worst in the country.
SU counts on little-known recruits to meet needs
In the Big East, to say Miami has simply dominated the recruiting scene is an understatement. Once again, head coach Larry Coker could finish with the nation's top recruiting class. Already headed to Coral Gables are these All-Americans -- quarterback Kyle Wright, defensive tackle Nate Robinson, and running back Tyrone Moss. In addition, big-time blue-chippers Eric Moncur, Vegas Franklin, Tavares Gooden, Craig Davis, Daryl Johnson, Andrew Bain, Kevin Williams, Cyrim Wimbs, Clifton Dickson and Leo Waiters have all pledged to the Hurricanes. Miami is not done yet and should close with even more blue-chip prospects.
Parity exists in recruiting battles, too
Around the nation
Before immaturity, greed and some stupidity seduced James, the St. Vincent-St. Mary senior superstar was being considered for a television profile on the popular TV news magazine, CBSs "60 Minutes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported two weeks ago.
Last Friday, a spokesman for the networks longest running news magazine declined to discuss the status of the James piece when contacted by The Trentonian.
Its been reported the "60 Minutes cameras have been trailing the 18-year old phenom at different events.
Is James appearance on 60 Minutes in doubt after ineligibility ruling ?
The news is just beginning to spread in compliance and football offices around the country. By this time next year, junior college recruiting will have changed significantly and probably forever.
NCAA academic reforms due to take effect in August essentially will make it easier for players to get into schools but harder to stay eligible. Simply put, it will be much harder for a junior-college prospect to follow the usual path -- play for two years, graduate and transfer to a I-A program for his final two years of eligibility.
Rule changes will squeeze junior college pipeline
It was a Sunday morning, Dec. 1. Florida State had just polished off rival Florida to put an end to a topsy-turvy regular season that included four losses, two quarterback changes and one more heartbreaker against Miami.
Time for a nice little break before bowl season?
Hardly. The toughest grind of all was about to begin.
For college coaches, one season never ends: recruiting
Donald "Big Dog"
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