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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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A number of people e-mailed me stating the below article was a decent or fair assessment of Rutgers' recruiting perform in South Jersey. The problem I had with the article was the shot that the writer took at Rutgers with the title and first two paragraphs along with the tone of the article suggesting that Rutgers would rather recruit out of state.

Although the article goes on to mention one of the efforts the Rutgers staff has made to build relationships in the state. I felt the article left the reader feeling that Rutgers had left South Jersey in order to recruit out of state talent, when this is not the case. They recruited the athletes that fit their philosophy and were also some of the best players in the area. Many other programs failed recruiting the same athletes. Even Penn State failed recruiting a number of talent in their own borders, as well as some of the same athletes mentioned in the article.

I really questioned the writers intent.

Below is the same article from yesterday. You can be the judge. If you would like to provide the reporter with your comments, this is his e-mail address: My e-mail address is at the end of this page and I welcome your comments.

It's no secret that Rutgers has a floundering football program and that, when it comes to recruiting in South Jersey, the Scarlet Knights usually lay a big fat egg.
It happened again Wednesday, national signing day. Rutgers, the birthplace of college football in 1869, somehow was shut out in its own backyard. It did not sign one player from South Jersey, which, as we all know, is annually one of the nation's most fertile areas for future college players.
Rutgers can't make a dent



Women's Basketball

After being named to the Associated Press Top 25 list for the second time this season Monday, the Rutgers women's basketball team will defend its No. 23 ranking for the first time tonight, as West Virginia heads to the Louis Brown Athletic Center for a 7:30 tip-off.
The Scarlet Knights (14-2, 7-2) returned to the national poll on the strength of a five-game winning streak that helped them claim sole possession of second place in the Big East. A win over the Mountaineers would give RU its longest run without a loss since the 1999-2000 season.
No. 23 Rutgers looks to push streak to six

Shalicia Hurns, a 6-3 forward, has been suspended from the Rutgers women's basketball team and will sit out tonight's game against West Virginia.
"It's a violation of team policy," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said after practice yesterday. "That's why you didn't see her today."
Hurns suspended for one game

"Uh oh."
That was the reaction of Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer when she found out her team re-entered The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.
"Did we get into the Top 25 again?" Stringer asked Tuesday. "Well, that makes me a little nervous because you never know what we're going to do."
Top 25 nod makes Rutgers' Stringer nervous

Men's Basketball

When Rutgers began its Big East schedule with a home loss to Pittsburgh, there were no doomsday predictions about this season. But the one loss quickly became two and snowballed into five, leaving the Scarlet Knights mired in last place and hopelessly out of sync.
Rutgers remained basement-bound for 30 days, climbing out of that hole for the first time yesterday with a 66-59 win over Georgetown at the Louis Brown Athletic Center/RAC.
Rutgers vacates cellar

Jerome Coleman scored six of his 11 points in the final 1:25 and Rutgers offset a big effort by Mike Sweetney in a 66-59 victory over Georgetown Tuesday night.
The victory moved Rutgers (11-10, 3-6) into sixth place in the Big East's West Division while Georgetown (10-11, 2-7) is now alone in last place in the West.
Rutgers Defeats Georgetown 66-59

The wristbands, the forearm bands, the calf wraps, the ankle covers, the knee guards, the headband - it's not prudish modesty. Adrian Hill has a master plan.
"I just want to be different," the 6-foot-8 Rutgers freshman said, smiling in the Scarlet Knights' locker room as he rolled off all the body cloth and finally revealed some skin.
"If I get good," Hill went on, "I want kids all over America to do it."
Rutgers gets Big East win

Look up the word resourceful in the dictionary and there's a chance you'll see a team picture of the Rutgers basketball team along with the definition.
That's exactly what the Knights were last night, at a time when they needed to be to keep their postseason hopes intact.
With Jerome Coleman, Ricky Shields and Herve Lamizana -- Rutgers' top three scorers -- struggling on the offensive end, the Knights turned to an unlikely trio to bail them out in a 66-59 Big East victory over Georgetown at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Role reversal saves the day

Sean Axani spent three years learning post defense from one of the best. So it was only fitting that he put those lessons to good use last night with the player who taught him so much -- former Rutgers standout Rashod Kent -- looking on approvingly from the stands.
Axani couldn't prevent Georgetown's Mike Sweetney from notching his 32nd career double-double, but he did the next best thing, making the Hoyas' 6-8, 260-pound baby bull forward earn every one of his 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Sweetney challenged by Axani

Rutgers and Georgetown are two teams headed in different directions, and the Scarlet Knights made sure that trend continued last night.
Jerome Coleman scored six of his 11 points in the final 1:25 and Rutgers offset a strong effort by Mike Sweetney in a 66-59 victory over the Hoyas.
Rutgers slips out of cellar

One by one they came off the bench. A small army of big men. Each banged away at the Big East Conference's most dominant forward. They hacked him. Pushed him. Elbowed him. They made him pay every time he touched the ball. Sure, Mike Sweetney still got his usual double-double, but he couldn't single-handedly overcome an entire frontcourt.
And that's how the Rutgers University men's basketball proved three big men are better than one in a 66-59 victory over Georgetown before a crowd of 6,831 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
Rutgers men get out of basement with 66-59 victory over Georgetown

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Around Big East

If Georgetown seeks to replace men's basketball coach Craig Esherick at the end of this season, Princeton's John Thompson III would be considered for the job, according to a report in The Washington Times.
Georgetown has eye on Thompson

Around the nation

Dennis Erickson was hired Tuesday by the San Francisco 49ers to replace Steve Mariucci as coach in a surprising end to a search that stretched nearly four weeks. Erickson will be introduced as the 49ers' 14th head coach at a news conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The former Seattle Seahawks coach leaves Oregon State, where he went 31-17 over the last four seasons.
Erickson leaves Oregon State for NFL job in San Francisco

Interesting Article

Palm Beach County high school football players set two kinds of records on National Signing Day last week.
A record number signed with Division I-A colleges and universities, and an unusually high number of them changed their minds.
The number of signings reflects the outstanding caliber of football being played in the county. The number of broken commitments reflects something less admirable.
Dump commitments, or make them stand

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