Toughest Schedules (from toughest to easiest)
Based on a combination of tough non-conference games, and difficult road games in league play.
2003 Big East Schedule
Football Recruiting - The 2004 crop
Already, colleges such as Penn State, Pitt, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Kansas, Northwestern, Indiana and Rutgers are wooing the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Skeparnias.
Skeparnias starts whirlwind ride - York Daily Record
Looking back at the Rutgers recruiting haul
Star of the Class
Donnie Diaz WR Jr. 6-6 195 Grand Rapids, Minn./Johnson/Itasca CC
Will bolster the Scarlet Knight receiving corps with his exceptional height and speed … Had 46 receptions for 857 yards and 11 touchdowns in the Vikings' nine-game season … Earned All-Conference and All-Region honors in each of his two seasons at Itasca … Was a two-time Conference Player of the Week … Also a standout on the Itasca basketball team where he averages 18 ppg … Scored 36 points, including the final 14 points of the game, to trigger a come-from-behind win over Minnesota West College
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Big East Football Recruiting - Pitt picks up two verbals for 2004
Corey Davis knew that Pitt intended to make him a formal scholarship offer when it invited him to visit their offices Saturday, but the Peabody star inside linebacker didn't realize he was going to commit to the Panthers until he got there.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Pitt lands second recruit for 2004
Ranking the Big East
National Football - Looking back at signing day
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.
Basketball Recruiting - Don Bosco Big Man
"Uggghhh!" John Oates screeches when a second straight free throw clangs off the exact spot on the back iron. Behind the hoop reads a wall mural, "Tell my boys I await them in paradise." - St. John Bosco.
Welcome to Don Bosco Prep, a plush parochial preparatory 20 minutes from southern Orange County. Every minute of playing time and morsel of respect are earned in this gym, whether you're an agile 6-foot-10 junior like Oates or not.
Oates' game growing in Jersey
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