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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Here we go again. Our friend from the Phillynews.com site has written another article. You can read it and be the judge.
I have my opinion and it is not a good one. In my so humble opinion, the writer takes a sarcastic way of pointing out the program's issues. I am not saying the Rutgers Football program does not have its problems but give Coach Schiano and staff a chance.
Schiano is coming into his third year at the helm. This is the year that we should start to see some results. Why? Although the team is young, most of the players should now be his hand picked recruits. He has picked some talent from New Jersey (two or three from South Jersey), South Florida, and New York. The weight program and change in philosophy should be "kicking in", now we need to see in on the field.
Once again, here is the writer's e-mail address: email@example.com. My e-mail address is at the bottom of the page.
OK, Rutgers football fans. Stop the e-mails already.
In this space on Tuesday, I wrote a column explaining that Rutgers, despite its efforts, came up empty while recruiting the fertile South Jersey region.
From the overflow of e-mails that followed, you might have thought I either (A) called Rutgers' beloved football coach, Greg Schiano, a criminal or (B) suggested that the Scarlet Knights drop their lowly Division I program.
A lesson learned: Rutgers football has its defenders
In the latest of what was expected to be a series of offseason changes, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced yesterday that three additional members of his coaching staff will be shifting responsibilities when the team resumes its practice schedule in March.
Schiano assigns new tasks for coaches
Saying he was looking "to best utilize our personnel," Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano announced some minor shuffling of his staff yesterday, with the biggest change being Mario Cristobal's move to offensive line coach.
Cristobal, the offensive tackles and tight ends coach the past two years, will take over the entire offensive line from veteran coach Joe Susan, who will serve as the tight ends coach.
In addition, wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell was named assistant head coach, expanding his responsibilities to include administrative duties.
Schiano shifts his coaches
Whenever assistant coach Jolette Law - whose jump-shooting skill is rivaled only by her trash-talking hops - takes the Rutgers practice floor, Mauri Horton is the only player she can ever engage in any sort of banter.
When a ref calls a foul, Horton is the only Scarlet Knight who grimaces to a two-step toe-bop protest. When someone says, "Stop running your mouth," the only person she could possibly be addressing is Horton.
"Like coach says, sometimes we're a little too nice," Horton said. "I try to say, you know, you can be a little nasty."
Rutgers shows no mercy
Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) tallied a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds as No. 23/25 Rutgers (15-5, 8-2 BIG EAST) built an early lead and held on to defeat West Virginia (12-9, 1-9 BIG EAST), 65-50, in BIG EAST womens basketball action Wednesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Pondexter was one of three Scarlet Knights in double figures as senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) scored 14 points while sophomore Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) added 10.
Rutgers Rolls Past West Virginia, 65-50, for Sixth-Straight Win
Once again, the Rutgers women's basketball team came up victorious last night over Big East opponent West Virginia, due in large part to stellar and suffocating defense -- a characteristic that the Scarlet Knights have exemplified throughout this captivating season.
The first half was a sign of things to come, as Rutgers came out firing on offense, and as usual, remained relentless on the defensive side of the ball. The Knights went into halftime with a 15-point lead, holding West Virginia to a mere 18 first half points on 6-of-19 shooting from the field (31.6 percent).
Knights' defensive pressure key in win
Cappie Pondexter doesn't need an Amtrak schedule to know a train is leaving from Piscataway. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer keeps telling her about it.
That train is destined for the NCAA Tournament, Stringer told her players. But it needs regular maintenance if it's going to arrive safely.
So with their sights set on the postseason, Pondexter and her teammates started doing some fine-tuning last night in a 65-50 victory over West Virginia at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Rutgers stays on playoff track
Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points as No. 23 Rutgers beat West Virginia, 65-50, last night.
The victory was the sixth straight for Rutgers (15-6, 8-2 Big East). Mauri Horton added 14 points and Chelsea Newton 10 for the Scarlet Knights.
Kate Bulger scored 16 points to lead the Mountaineers (12-9, 1-8).
Rutgers gains sixth straight
The Rutgers University women's basketball team boasts the 10th-best strength of schedule in the country, a statistic that no doubt will get worse in the next two weeks. And that's fine with the Scarlet Knights, who would love to fatten their record with games such as Wednesday night's 65-50 rout of Big East cellar-dwellar West Virginia.
No.23 Rutgers (15-5, 8-2 in Big East) made short work of the Mountaineers (12-9, 1-9), leading for all but the first two minutes of the game and cruising to its sixth straight win.
No. 23 Rutgers women cruise past West Virginia
Thirty minutes after he netted a team-high 12 points and helped Rutgers men's basketball team clinch their season's biggest win to date over Georgetown on Tuesday, sophomore swingman Ricky Shields relaxed in the locker room the way he always does after a Scarlet Knights win -- with a laid back grin.
Sporting a screaming yellow and navy blue sweatsuit while holding a silver Discman blaring Jay Z's "The Blueprint 2," Shields' charismatic personality said enough about the importance of the win the Knights had just picked up.
Shields makes impact in Rutgers two wins
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All schools yearn for extended winning streaks. Manhattan College, which has won 15 in a row, now the longest streak in Division I men's basketball, felt it imperative to have one.
Manhattan makes case with streak
The governor of Nebraska wants a law passed so his state's college football players can be paid.
We could debate the timing, after seven Cornhusker defeats last season. Who gets a raise after losing the Independence Bowl to Mississippi?
But that can come later. The issue on the table is cash stipends for football players.
Don't pay college football athletes to play
How it failed: The Lions had just 12 available scholarships and filled 11. How bad did it get? Two players Penn State coveted (defensive linemen Matt Malele and Elijah Robinson) signed with -- ahem -- Cal and Tulane.
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