We need Everyone's assistance
Most, if not all, of the
Rutgers graduates and students would not like to see the name of our institution
changed. We can let our voice be heard.
Please contact your
state legislator and let her or she know on no uncertain terms that you disagree
with this action and it will effect your vote come election time. Below you
will find a link on how to find out your legislator contact information. Please
let them know today.
Legislator by District
(Sing to the tune of
Rutgers Alma Mater)
Greg Tufaro My father sent me to Ol' Rutgers
Long before McGreevey changed her name
Now they call us UNJ
He threw our moniker away
On the Banks of the Ol' Raritan.
I met Stan Slobodien, a Rutgers football, men's and women's basketball season-ticket
holder, a year ago.
At that time, he and I, both Rutgers graduates, got into a debate over his
proposal to change the 177-year-old name of our beloved alma mater to the
University of New Jersey.
of Rutgers remain 'On the Banks of the Ol' Raritan'
New Jersey's flagship
public research institution took it on the chin hard last week when Gov. James
E. McGreevey endorsed a proposal to merge Rutgers, the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology into
something that eventually might be called the University of New Jersey.
It was a bitter blow. No one was quite sure what would happen to the Rutgers
name. The jewel of public higher education in New Jersey somewhat tarnished
after the lackluster 12-year administration of Francis L. Lawrence
was getting its come-uppance.
Poor Rutgers University
The flashes of potential
are there, locked in memories of Markis Facyson running for a true freshman-record
129 yards against Army, and sophomore Clarence Pittman breaking loose for
104 yards against Tennessee.
But as Rutgers prepares to face Syracuse at the Carrier Dome this weekend,
the recent realities are in stark contrast -- 20 yards rushing against West
Virginia two weeks ago and minus-7 yards against Virginia Tech -- and a rushing
game that once held promise has crashed along with the rest of the team's
ground attack at the bottom of Div. I
With what appears to be
far and away to be the most winnable game on the remaining portion of the
Scarlet Knights 2002 schedule, Rutgers will run into a foe in strikingly equal
and dire straits this weekend, when its goes head-to-head with the Syracuse
Orangemen in an uncharacteristic rebuilding year.
Although Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano and Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni
both face a week in and week out quarterback controversy, although the pair
would most likely refrain from using such a label. For RU, both sophomore
Ryan Cubit and senior Ted Trump have shown flashes of good and bad in varying
appearances as starters and reserves, but it is Cubit who will get the nod
against the Orange.
'Cuse game winnable
Quarterback Ryan Cubit
uses "jacked." Left guard Rich McManis, "juiced."
Whatever the adverb, playing away from home definitely gets Rutgers up. Three
times this season they've left the not-so-friendly confines of Piscataway
for much-less-friendly stadiums. Each time, with two-ranked teams and one
vote-getter cast as the opponent, the Scarlet Knights turned in surprisingly
Meanwhile back at home, against four mediocre teams, Rutgers lost three times
and overpowered Army, which is winless.
in same boat as Rutgers
If it was simply a case
of Rutgers' offense being incapable of moving the ball or scoring or functioning
at all, then the unit's latest national rankings would make perfect sense.
Last in the country in total offense. Next to last in rushing. Third from
the bottom -- 115th out of 117 Division 1-A schools -- in passing efficiency
no figuring stats
Better. The dictionary
tells us it's a comparative word. Better. Better than what?
No one knows better - there's that word again - than Greg Schiano how far
Rutgers still must travel to reach football respectability. But it was the
word he chose to use yesterday. Compared to this time last year, there's not
an area in which his team hasn't gotten markedly better, the second-year coach
"The team meter is going up," the driver of the Scarlet Knights
taxi told his weekly media audience.
Schiano says Knights are `better'
Off to its worst start
in 20 years, Syracuse takes a 1-6 record and four-game losing streak into
Saturday's Big East game against Rutgers at the Carrier Dome, with sole possession
of last place in the league the booby prize for the loser.
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni, facing the prospect of his first losing season
in 12 years with the Orangemen, took time out yesterday to discuss his team's
stays upbeat despite 1-6
Rutgers and Syracuse meet
for the 33rd time with the Orangemen holding a 26-5-1 in the series. The last
three meetings have all been exciting affairs. In 1999, Rutgers posted a 24-21
overtime win at Rutgers Stadium. In 2000, Syracuse overcame a 14-7 halftime
deficit and pulled away late for a 49-21 win at the Carrier Dome. In last
years meeting, the Orangemen earned a hard-fought 24-17 victory at Rutgers
Stadium. Since the beginning of BIG EAST play in 1991, Syracuse holds a 10-1
lead in the series. Rutgers last win at the Carrier Dome was in 1986
when the Scarlet Knights came away with a 16-10 victory. Last Saturday, Rutgers
battled No. 3 Virginia Tech on the road into the fourth quarter and trailed
just 28-14 before the Knights failed to capitalize on a 4th down at the Tech
13 following a 17-play drive. The Hokies then added a late TD. Syracuse is
coming off a 34-7 loss at West Virginia.
(1-6, 0-3 BIG EAST) at SYRACUSE (1-6, 0-3 BIG EAST)
High school Prospects
Before yesterday's game,
Charles Timbers had a talk with his father. The short version was the elder
Timbers didn't feel his son was playing like he used to, and he needed to
step up his game.
And as Timbers proved during Long Branch's 35-0 nondivisional win against
Marlboro, father knows best.
The senior transfer from Ocean Township rushed, passed, caught and returned
his way to 275 all-purpose yards, scoring twice and setting the tone on the
first play of the game.
Branch's Timbers delivers
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the Big East
HERE'S a frightening thought:
Had quarterback Michael Vick stayed at Virginia Tech for 4 years, he'd be
playing in the same backfield with Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones. Think about
those possibilities for a moment. Jones surely has.
"That would have been crazy," Jones said with a laugh. "He
told me he was going to stay. Then he changed his mind at the last minute.
Can you imagine that? You know he's going to make a lot of plays. And the
two of us will take turns at making something happen, too. So I don't know.
But it would have been crazy, man."
packing a powerful 1-2 punch
The nation's leading "rusher"
is out of the Heisman race.
SportsLine.com confirmed that fact with a phone call to the Downtown Athletic
Club on Monday morning.
Virginia Tech's Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones are so talented that coach Frank
Beamer can't sit one down for very long. They share the duties so well that
combined, their numbers makes Suggs and Jones the best "running back"
in the country, averaging 202 yards per game.
Watch: Virginia Tech pair untouchable
So there was Anthony Smith,
the only Syracuse University football player standing between Auburn tailback
Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and the end zone. It was overtime. A
national television audience and nearly 84,000 fans in attendance watched
Williams headed for the sideline, with Smith shadowing him. Suddenly the tailback
paused and faked an inside cut, freezing Smith for an instant, then sprinted
for the corner of the end zone. His touchdown gave Auburn a 31-24 lead in
a game the Tigers eventually won 37-34 in triple overtime.
The Black Coaches Association
called on colleges to fill at least one of every five head football coaching
vacancies with a minority over the next three years. After a decade and a
half of frustration over the scarcity of African-American coaches, the association
is prepared to inform leading recruits of progress or the lack of it
at specific schools, and, if warranted, steer them away from offending
seeks 20% rate for minority hiring
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