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Gathering of Former Players

I would like to invite all of the former Rutgers Football Scarlet Knights who played between 1986 to 2002 to join me in the Scarlet Lot of Rutgers Stadium at 5:30PM on April 25th, prior to the annual Spring Game. This will be a very informal gathering of former players to talk, share stories and catch-up. Please feel free to bring your own beverages of choice. Just so I know who will be coming, please e-mail me at DForbes@Theinsiders.com. Please spread the word. As we get closer to the date, I will provide more details.

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Women's Basketball

Unfortunately, in more ways then one, time simply ran out on the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
After battling back from a 12-point deficit in the second half to tie the game with 10 seconds remaining on a Mauri Horton 3-pointer, it wasn’t just the game time becoming a factor, but the timeouts.
Pondexter’s blunder results in stunning defeat for Rutgers

Tamara James hit two free throws with 8 seconds to play after No. 18 Rutgers received a technical for calling time out with none left and Miami won 77-74 in the Big East Conference tournament quarterfinals Sunday night.
Yalonda McCormick added another free throw with 5.4 seconds left and the Miami (18-11) survived a last-second, running 35-foot, 3-point attempt by Cappie Pondexter to advance to the semifinal game against either No. 20 Villanova or Notre Dame on Monday night.
No. 7 Miami Upsets No. 2 Rutgers, 77-74, in BIG EAST Quarterfinals

Anyone with laryngitis knows half of what Cappie Pondexter was going through. But only Cappie herself knows the other half.
Whether or not Pondexter signaled the timeout that shattered the Scarlet Knights' comeback last night remains a mystery. But as the almost inaudible point guard stressed after the game, it's impossible that she would even think of calling it.
Miami pulls off shocker

From the moment she announced her intention to don a Scarlet Knight uniform, Cappie Pondexter has drawn nothing but horde of attention.
Granted, no player in the history of Rutgers women's basketball had ever entered the program with such an impressive resume, but Pondexter had a lot more to live up to than personal expectations.
Pondexter named Rookie of Year

Rutgers senior Mauri Horton sat enraged at the press table. Coach C. Vivian Stringer shook her head in disgust. Sophomore Cappie Pondexter could barely speak.
The Scarlet Knights were eliminated by Miami, 77-74, in the first round of the Big East Tournament last night at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway -- but they felt the officials, more than the Hurricanes, were responsible for the loss.
T'd off after call hurts in loss to Miami

Cappie Pondexter, say hello to Chris Webber. On second thought, just shake hands because that laryngitis has your voice down to an almost-inaudible squeak.
Like C-Webb in that infamous NCAA men's basketball championship contest, Rutgers' superstar last night was whistled for calling a timeout her team didn't have. Miami broke the 74-74 tie with eight seconds left as freshman Tamara James sank both technical free throws, and once again the Scarlet Knight women have failed in their quest for a first Big East tournament title.
Rutgers women suffer heartbreak


Men's Basketball

Despite a 20-point outing from senior center Kareem Wright, 12th-ranked Syracuse rallied from a 12-point deficit to clinch the West division's top seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Conference tournament with an 83-74 victory over Rutgers.
Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 30 points. Anthony is considered a top-five pick in the NBA draft, which he is likely to enter. If that turns out to be the case, his final game at the Carrier Dome was a memorable one. He matched a career high with six assists, grabbed 14 rebounds and made all 10 foul shots.
#12 Syracuse Rallies Past Rutgers 83-74

The broken record that was Rutgers' men's basketball season has come to a screeching halt. Listen closely and you can hear the Scarlet Knights collectively exhaling.
The last game of another lost season was alarmingly similar to so many others in a 12-16 season. For three quarters of the game, Rutgers led 12th-ranked Syracuse, but the pressure to succeed proved too great.
Rutgers' agony at merciful end

Gary Waters wants to stay intentionally vague for now because he says he needs time to remove himself from the emotion of too many draining losses after his "most frustrating season" as a coach.
But Waters was specific about one thing after Rutgers closed out the school's ninth losing season in the past 11 years with another late-game meltdown in an 83-74 loss to 12th-ranked Syracuse before a record crowd of 33,071 at the Carrier Dome.
Waters vows big changes

Ricky Shields anticipated the question before it was even asked.
"Yes, this is going to be my team next year," the sophomore swingman said after Rutgers ended a 12-16 season. "I don't know who is coming back or what the situation is going to be, but I'm going to take on more of a leadership role. Whatever happened this year happened. It's done. I'm looking for a fresh start next year."
Shields eager to take the reins

Until this season, Syracuse had never gone unbeaten in the Carrier Dome. Until this season, the Orangemen never had Carmelo Anthony.
The freshman forward matched his career high with 30 points and had 14 rebounds and six assists as No. 12 Syracuse rallied to beat Rutgers, 83-74, yesterday, avenging one of its losses and finishing its first perfect season in the dome since it opened in 1980.
Rutgers closes with loss

Things might get worse before they get better for Rutgers men's basketball coach Gary Waters.
His team ended a disappointing season with an 83-74 loss Sunday to 12th-ranked Syracuse, their fifth straight.
Rutgers finishes the 2002-03 campaign with a 12-16 overall record and 4-12 mark in the Big East.
After 12-16 campaign, where does Rutgers go from here?

Until this season, Syracuse had never gone unbeaten in the Carrier Dome. Until this season, the Orangemen never had Carmelo Anthony. The freshman forward matched his career high with 30 points and had 14 rebounds and six assists as No. 12 Syracuse rallied to beat Rutgers 83-74 Sunday, avenging one of its losses and finishing its first perfect season in the dome since it opened in 1980.
Anthony, No. 12 Syracuse put dismal Rutgers season to rest

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Prospects

 

Around Big East

On the first official day of spring break at the University of Pittsburgh, Rod Rutherford is not lying on a beach in Panama City or South Padre.
On a gray, 16-degree day in the Steel City, Rutherford sits in the quarterbacks room of the Panthers' lavish football complex watching what amounts to the furthest thing from ESPN Classic: last year's Rutgers-Pittsburgh game.
QB's improvement could lead to big season for Pittsburgh

The major task is doing something about the defense.
The attention, as usual, will be focused on the quarterbacks.
Syracuse head football coach Paul Pasqualoni said this week the Orangemen will not declare a starting quarterback going into spring practice, which starts March 28.
As for quarterback position: No guarantees

March Madness gets primed this week as the Big East Tournament hits Madison Square Garden beginning Wednesday. Pittsburgh, which lost last year's championship game to Connecticut in a double-overtime heartbreaker, is looking to have a happier ending, although Top 25 rivals Syracuse and Notre Dame are formidable obstacles and UConn, Boston College and Seton Hall are capable of staging some surprises. The favorite: Pitt
Big East Tournament guide

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