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The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its annual Recruiting Tailgate Meeting on Wednesday night February 5th at 7:00 P.M. at the Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC). Doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Coach Greg Schiano will review the 2003 recruiting class in this meeting. Subs and beverages will be served. Remember this meeting will not be at the Hale Center due to the large crowd expected.
If you are interested in joining the Touchdown Club you can join that night or you can visit our web-site at www.touchdownclub.rutgers.edu to learn more about the club and get an application form.

As Rutgers comes upon the rugged Big East Basketball schedule, they would like to invite you to join the Scarlet R in the Coaches' Huddle - a pre-game meal featuring Rutgers Athletics. The Huddle gives you an opportunity to gain an inside look at the opponent Rutgers will be facing that night with a brief scouting report by a member of the basketball coaching staff. Each Huddle will also showcase the coach of one of our 30 intercollegiate athletic programs. In addition, the event will provide a full buffet-style meal prepared by Rutgers Catering. The cost for each person is $10 - with and additional $5 for those who would like to have beer or wine with their meal.
To reserve your spot or to ask questions, please reply back to Keith Norton at Norton@winants.rutgers.edu directly.
For full schedule and further info, please visit -
Coaches Huddle

Please note that we are having problems with our old domain www.rutgersfootball.com. This also effects any e-mail going to Donald "Big Dog" Forbes at BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com. Everyone that needs to e-mail me, please use DForbes@Theinsiders.com.

As a result of the problems, the redirect or access to the URL is no longer working. Please inform anyone who might be having problems.
Thank you!!!

Football

Whenever Coral Gables (Fla.) football coach Joe Montoya is asked about Quintero Frierson, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker who committed to the Rutgers football team Thursday, he compares him favorably to one of his former players.
"He reminds me a lot of Jonathan Vilma," Montoya said referring to the University of Miami's leading tackler this past season. "Quintero followed a similar path to Vilma's development. Actually, I think Quinny played better as a senior."
Rutgers gets commitment from Florida linebacker

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High School Prospects

Suddenly, being a tight end has gone from outmoded to chic. From sideshow to center stage. From Dan Campbell to Jeremy Shockey.
So South Bend, Ind., here comes Greg Olsen. From Wayne, N.J., with love.
The Wayne Hills senior, one of the nation's most sought-after recruits, made it official Thursday, announcing his oral commitment to Notre Dame. The Irish have five other tight ends on their depth chart, including last season's starter.
Olsen commits to Irish

Lower Cape May running back Matt Dicken, who set a single-season Cape Atlantic record with 1,778 yards rushing as a senior, has accepted a football scholarship to Villanova.
Dicken made an oral commitment after visiting the school last weekend. A football recruit can't officially sign until Feb. 5, according to NCAA rules.
Dicken says he will play at Villanova

Around the Big East

H.B. is OK with Pitt again.
H.B. Blades, a talented linebacker from Plantation High School in Florida, made a verbal commitment to Pitt in December but had second thoughts recently about his choice. He visited Auburn last weekend. But a visit from Pitt Coach Walt Harris and defensive coordinator Paul Rhodes apparently straightened things out.
Prospect reaffirms commitment to Pitt

One of three second-year Big East coaches, Villanova's Jay Wright won an important recruiting turf war last season.
His freshman class featuring five players from the metropolitan New York area, including starters Randy Foye of Newark and Jason Fraser of Long Island, is one of the country's best.
Rookie guards Foye and Allan Ray of the Bronx are averaging 10 points apiece while Fraser ranks among the conference's Top 10 in rebounding and blocks. Freshman forward Curtis Sumpter of Queens, N.Y., is a key contributor off the bench.
Big East recruiting wars center on New York

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Interesting Article

There is trouble in the Big East's Garden of Eden.
And it's not the snakes.
It's the zebras.
It began in Washington with a case of "nobody protects Goliath." Craig Esherick, the Georgetown coach, went ballistic Sunday after his Hoyas played West Virginia and Mike Sweetney, his 6-8, 260-pound power forward, spent much of the day being bounced back and forth like the cue ball on a bumper pool table.
Big East coaches crying 'foul!'

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