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Rutgers senior tight end L. J. Smith and senior linebacker Gary Brackett visited Highland Park’s Bartle Elementary School recently as part of the “R.U. Reading Into the Game” program, which is sponsored by Rutgers University Athletics. The program was created to encourage reading in the elementary school grades, and is available to students in any Middlesex County elementary school in grades K-5. First Union National Bank is a co-sponsor of the program.
RU Football Players Visit Local School for "R.U. Reading into the Game" Program

Following the upcoming open weekend, the Rutgers University football team returns to action on Nov. 16 to host BIG EAST rival Temple at Rutgers Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
The Rutgers-Temple game will be televised on CN8. The Scarlet Knights, who took a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter over No. 1-ranked Miami last Saturday before falling 42-17, are idle on Nov. 9.
Rutgers to Host Temple November 16 at 3:30 P.M.


Men's Basketball

Teams preparing to face Rutgers this season will know they won't have an easy time playing inside the Rutgers Athletic Center, and they will know what they're up against in Jerome Coleman and Mike Sherrod.
But they might not know much about the rest of Rutgers' roster, and coach Gary Waters is hoping that will work to his advantage. One player Waters thinks might surprise a few opposing Big East teams this winter is redshirt junior forward Sean Axani. Axani started 10 games last season, including the last eight, and Waters thinks Axani will be an important cog in a Rutgers team he believes is deeper and more diverse, offensively, than last year's.
Waters will count on versatile Axani

Around New Jersey - Basketball

There have been championships galore, a galaxy of stars raining down on the basketball court and a perennial national reputation for St. Anthony High of Jersey City.
Each year, St. Anthony participates in the prestigious Prime Time Shootout in Trenton and will return for two games in February.
Over the years, the game's sting of defeat has been a virtual stranger to this vaunted basketball machine.
Hoops powerhouse fights for survival

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Around the Big East

Forget about trying to figure out how the BCS works. And don't bother debating which conference is best. The more perplexing question as we head down the home stretch is this: Who will win the Heisman Trophy?
I'll tell you who shouldn't: Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey. He isn't even the best player on his team. That honor goes to running back Willis McGahee, who bailed out the Hurricanes last Saturday by rushing for 187 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-17 comeback win at Rutgers. Heck, cases can be made that receiver Andre Johnson, defensive end Jerome McDougle, center Brett Romberg and linebacker Jonathan Vilma are more vital to Miami than Dorsey.
Dorsey doesn't deserve to win Heisman

No goalposts are safe these days in the Big East. Case in point: Boston College.
The visiting Eagles fans in South Bend, Ind., after their team posted a 14-7 victory over the previously unbeaten Fighting Irish, knew they couldn't tear down those goal posts at the risk of: A) Getting arrested; and B) Offending God.
The posted goal is to gain respect

Boston College returned home late Saturday night from its 14-7 upset victory over fourth-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame and discovered that the goal posts had been ripped down on its practice field.
"We don't need them," deadpanned BC coach Tom O'Brien.
O'Brien said his daughter, a sophomore at BC, was on the trip to South Bend, Ind., and tried to call her friends on campus to share in the jubilation. She couldn't get through.
"I guess they were up to mischief," O'Brien said jokingly.
Boston College returns to jubilant campus

Virginia Tech tailback Kevin Jones is doubtful for Saturday's game against Syracuse because of a strained left hamstring.
Jones will have an MRI on Tuesday morning to determine the extent of the tear, Hokies trainer Mike Goforth said.
One half of Tech's potent rushing tandem -- along with fellow tailback Lee Suggs -- Jones was injured on his second carry in Saturday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.
Hamstring has Jones doubtful to play Orangemen

There is no middle ground on Ken Dorsey. Check those Heisman lists that pop up on every website, newspaper and pregame show. The Miami quarterback is either the Heisman frontrunner or completely off the charts.
There seemingly are no second- or third-place Ken Dorsey votes. He's either the best or the best of the rest.
That's why it hurts to finally address The Ken Dorsey Question. It has been rattling around the sport -- and the mind of this voter -- for most of the past two seasons.
Heisman Watch: Dorsey poised to win it -- but should he?

Around the Nation

Michigan State has borne its share of burdens — two- and three-win seasons, a last-place finish in the Big Ten Conference, NCAA sanctions — since celebrating its last football national championship in 1966. But Donald Nugent, Class of '65 and the chairman of the school's board of trustees, says, "I don't remember a time worse than this."
Troubled times at Michigan State

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