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Posted Nov 13, 2002



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Football

The Temple football team has experienced the challenges of facing top-rated Miami and No. 22 Pittsburgh, and the Owls know what it's like to play at such hostile places as South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
On Saturday, Temple will visit one-win Rutgers for a Big East Conference outing that is just as daunting in its own way.
Temple, 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the Big East, will go against a team that has 1-8 and 0-5 marks. But the Scarlet Knights still have a chance to salvage something from the season by tripping up the Owls, who have given the better teams a battle.
Despite Rutgers' 1-8 record, Temple approaches warily

They're the foundation for the future of Rutgers football. That's the mantra everyone in the program keeps reciting about the Knights' current class of seniors, 19 of whom will play their final home game Saturday when Temple pays a visit.
It's a reasonable legacy until one thing is considered: How else can the group's achievements -- or lack of them -- possibly be given any other positive spin? One Big East victory. That's what this group of departing seniors has to show for the past four years.
Seniors want one more victory

Despite a leaguewide consensus that Temple is a markedly better football team than at any time over the past decade, last week's 29-22 loss to Pittsburgh means the program is assured of its 12th straight losing season. And with the school's impending ouster from the Big East -- the Owls will be bounced following the 2004 season -- the future of Temple football remains in doubt.
Head coach Bobby Wallace met with the media yesterday to discuss his team, his program's future and Saturday's game at Rutgers -- an opponent the Owls have beaten three straight times by a combined 154-45
Temple's future remains in limbo

A-Rod, meet L.J.
On a day when American League voters decisively rejected Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez' overwhelming offensive season as legitimate reason to be an MVP when his team finished last, Rutgers senior tight end L.J. Smith explained the frustration of his own career.
"It's all about winning," said the Highland Park native who discovered home is where the heartache is, "that's the only thing you're judged by."
Smith knows it's all about the wins

L.J. Smith has played football at Rutgers for five seasons and has one Big East victory.
Shawn Seabrooks, who transferred from Tennessee in 1999 and had to sit out his first year, has never won a league game.
With the team’s final two games on the road against Notre Dame and Boston College, this Saturday versus quarterback Mike McGann and Temple is the last time Smith, Seabrooks and 17 other members of the Scarlet Knights will suit up and run onto the field at Rutgers Stadium. There they will attempt to re-write a recent history speckled with losses and leave a legacy they hope will include the turnaround of a moribund program.
Seniors anxious to break Rutgers’ conference skid

Saturday’s game marks the 32nd time these schools have met on the gridiron in a series that began in 1948. Rutgers leads the all-time series 16-15. The teams have met every season since 1977. In last season’s meeting on Oct. 13, Temple posted a 30-5 victory at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Since BIG EAST play began in 1991, Rutgers holds a 7-4 lead in the series, winning six straight from 1991 to 1996. The Owls have won the last three meetings in the series. The last Rutgers win over Temple came via a 21-10 decision at Rutgers Stadium on October 21, 1998. Both Rutgers and Temple have been competitive vs. ranked opponents this season. The Knights, coming off a bye week, led No. 11 Tenesee at the half 14-7 on Sept. 28 before falling 35-14. RU trailed No. 3 Virginia Tech 28-14 on Oct. 19 going into the fourth quarter before falling 35-14.
TEMPLE (3-7, 1-4 BIG EAST) at RUTGERS (1-8, 0-5 BIG EAST)

Women's Basketball

The Rutgers women's basketball team will play its final exhibition game tonight against the New York Gazelles AAU team at the Louis Brown Athletic Center before the start of the 2002-2003 season.
The Scarlet Knights took the court last Wednesday against the Houston Jaguars in their first taste of preseason action, but fell, 76-62.
Leading the game for the Knights with 24 points was sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter, who shot 8-for-18 from the field. She scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half, while going 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
RU to face Gazelles

The Rutgers women's basketball team will play its final exhibition game tonight against the New York Gazelles AAU Team. Tipoff at the Louis Brown Athletic Center is 7:30 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights return six letterwinners and three starters from last year's team, one which finished the season with a 9-20 overall record and a 5-11 slate in the Big East Conference.
Rutgers women to play Gazelles

High School Prospects

Lower Cape May senior Josh Eames, one of the top two-way linemen in South Jersey, has accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Eames visited the Southeastern Conference school the weekend of Oct. 26. He recently made an oral commitment. Under NCAA rules, a football recruit can't officially sign until Feb. 5.
"I had a great visit and really liked the coaching staff. The facilities and the academics played a big part in my decision," said Eames, who is a member of the National Honor Society.
Lower Cape May's Eames to play for Vanderbilt

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Around the Big East

Bill Bradshaw says he felt a little like a guy sitting down at a card table when the game was half over.
When he became Temple's new director of athletics in July, the decision had long been made to kick the Owls out of the Big East Conference.
In the winter of 2000, the league presidents, by a count of 6-1 with one abstention, voted Temple out citing failure to satisfy several issues including stadium availability, scheduling, practice facilities and attendance.
Temple wonders why Rutgers isn't the one getting booted from Big East

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