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
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A lot has changed for Jamar Brittingham in the last eight months -- the school he attends, the academic demands placed upon him and the athletic role expected of him.
One thing that hasnt changed, though, is the comfort level the former all-state running back out of Neshaminy High felt with the football coaching staff at Rutgers.
That, more than anything else, explains why Brittingham will dot the is and cross the ts on a letter of intent this morning and send it off in time for the Scarlet Knights to have it in their possession for tomorrows national signing day.
Brittingham to RU
Rutgers junior cornerback Nate Jones was one of a distinguished roster of outstanding sports personalities, all with New Jersey connections, honored yesterday at the 67th Annual New Jersey Sports Writers Association Banquet.
Jones was recognized as the Special Teams Player of the Year and the Football Scholar-Athlete by the NJSWA.
Jones Honored at NJ Sportswriters Banquet
Fans of the Rutgers women's basketball team could miss seeing the Big East's most exciting freshman when Miami comes to town tonight.
Hurricanes' forward Tamara James, the league's leading scorer (22.4 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (8.7 rpg), suffered a hyper-extended knee during Miami's 61-55 home loss to Villanova on Saturday and did not practice on Sunday.
"She's still questionable for the Rutgers game," Miami coach Ferne Labati said on Monday. "It's something that has happened to her before. We're hoping she can play with a brace."
Rutgers may miss Miami's James
Postseason implications will be flowing through the air at the Louis Brown Athletic Center tonight when the Miami Hurricanes storm into town to challenge the Scarlet Knights, owners of a 7-0 home record.
When the two teams, part of a logjam towards the upper echelon of the Big East, square off at 7:30, two of the more esteemed coaches in the conference will also be battling each other move for move.
Hurricanes to flood Banks
Jerome Coleman stood outside the locker room, wearily answering reporters questions while his eyes strayed somewhere off in the distance. Yes, he said, the frustration was mounting following another late collapse, this time a 58-53 setback Sunday afternoon against Seton Hall. And, yes, he thought the team could still turn the season around despite its 9-10 record, 1-6 in the Big East.
What he didnt have was a blueprint for the teams resurrection.
"Its frustrating," said Coleman, who watched his team blow a 13-point second-half lead. "Theres more talent on this team than our record shows.
Knights struggling to find answers
If college basketball games were 30 or 35 minutes long, Rutgers would be the proud owner of a 15-4 record and possibly ranked in the Top 25.
The Scarlet Knights would have beaten nationally-ranked teams such as Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
They would have a 5-2 Big East mark and would be seated at the top of the West Division.
Rutgers men haunted by late-game collapses
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High School Propects
Al Groh's tenure as head coach of the New York Jets was brief, but his influence in New Jersey appears to be lasting.
Groh's recruiting success -- both in New Jersey and overall -- continued yesterday when three-time All-State selection Jermaine Dias of Hackensack announced he will sign a national letter of intent with the University of Virginia, coached by Groh, on Wednesday.
Football All-State DE Dias chooses Virginia
Around Big East
A highly recruited cornerback from Florida has landed in the lap of the Syracuse University football team at the 11th hour.
Marcus "Gator" Clayton of Godby High School in Tallahassee made an oral commitment to SU on Monday - just two days before national letter-of-intent signing day.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder had about 20 scholarship offers and ended up picking the Orangemen after mishandling the recruiting process, said Godby head coach Shelton Crews.
Fla. cornerback muffs process, then picks SU
A lot of college football programs coveted Walter Washington, a first-team junior college all-American quarterback last fall for Dodge City Community College in Kansas.
Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan State, Kansas, UNLV and California came calling.
Washington picked Temple.
Temple to make big addition at QB
Around the nation
Football coaches on one level are traveling salesmen. Every year, they hit the recruiting road trying to sell their programs to high school players. They often bring back more than talent. They bring back stories. Those stories have changed in tone in recent years with scholarship limitations, restrictions on the number of visits by a head coach, a dead period three days before signing day. There aren't as many high jinks.
Coaches have plenty of recruiting tales to tell
You hear it from every recruit's mouth: "I want to play right away." And for the most part, coaches tell them what they want to hear. Of course, few of those 18-year-olds are equipped for the increased speed and size in Division I-A football. Try telling that to them.
Eagerness to play can pay off
They will gather tomorrow for ceremonies in their high school library or gymnasium.
Surrounded by family and friends, teammates and classmates, the best high school football players in the state will sign letters of intent, officially accepting scholarships to the major universities that won recruiting battles for their services.
For them, it is just another step in their athletic dreams.
Top recruits get a reality check
The groundhog saw his shadow last Sunday. Must mean six more weeks of LeBron James.
The circus continues, and the next move belongs to the lawyers. On the court, off the court, in the court. What does it matter? This stopped being about basketball a long time ago.
What seems more pertinent is the development of LeBron James, future adult. In that, an intoxicated culture is failing miserably, too busy looking for any loose change.
What LeBron James needs is a good example
It's been years since Notre Dame has had a dominant pass rusher, but that is apparently about to change. Word is the Irish are about to land Victor Abiamiri, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound DE from Baltimore who was the most impressive defender at last month's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Although, sources tell ESPN.com that Abiamiri and his mom both were leaning to Maryland, where his two older brothers play.The Terps, though, have had to drop him because the school committed a secondary violation in their recruitment of him. Sources say Abiamiri was offered $300 by UM inside linebackers coach Rod Sharpless. He accepted the money, but subsequently returned it. In the wake of the school's investigation, Sharpless is expected to be let go.
Terps error is likely windfall for Irish
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