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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Rutgers womens basketball student-athlete Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named the BIG EAST Conference Co-Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, again sharing the honor with Connecticuts Barbara Turner.
Pondexter Named BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week
Shared honors - again
Point guard Cappie Pondexter shared Big East Rookie of the Week honors with Connecticut's Barbara Turner for the second consecutive week. Pondexter had 18 points and eight rebounds in a 65-50 victory over West Virginia, and then had 21 points and seven assists in Saturday's 67-53 win against Pittsburgh
Rough road ahead
After Wednesday's contest with Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center, Rutgers still has games at No. 9 Pittsburgh, against No. 12 Notre Dame, and at No. 15 Syracuse. Throw in a trip to Madison Square Garden for St. John's and a home game against peaking Seton Hall, and there's no definitely winnable game left.
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Around Big East
Miami had the best recruiting class in the Big East again in 2003. The 'Canes lured super QB prospect Kyle Wright from California and cleaned up in Florida. RB Tyrone Moss, LBs Tavares Gooden and Vegas Franklin and OLs Andrew Bain and Cyrim Wimbs highlight the nation's No. 6 class.
Hurricanes No.1, but Eagles, Hokies solid
A year ago, Diamond Ferri was in line to be the starting tailback for the Syracuse University football team. Six months later, while his teammates were preparing to open the 2002 season, Ferri was taking classes at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and selling Cutco cutlery.
Savoring a second chance
Around the nation
Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez will also be the school's athletic director starting in April 2004. Pat Richter, the school's AD since 1989, announced Friday he will retire. He's the Big Ten's longest-tenured athletic director.
Alvarez to become AD; Auburn ties down Tuberville
Penn State recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its football union with the Big Ten Conference. And no matter how much Nittany Lions fans think conference refs are out to get their school, it was a good move.
It's important to understand there's no way Penn State could have made it as an independent. There's one independent that matters today -- Notre Dame, which has unmatched history and following. Those things, along with a one-of-a-kind TV deal with NBC, allow the Irish to overcome an independent's two biggest obstacles: scheduling and access to the BCS.
Penn State benefits from loss of independence
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