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After stomping Penn State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Yurcak Field last season, the Rutgers women’s soccer teams travels to State College, Pa. to take on the Nittany Lions.
Rival city groups challenge for November ballot BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Despite the certification of Unite New Brunswick petition signatures two days ago by City Clerk Dan Torrisi, Empower Our Neighborhoods contests the validity and legality of the group and their petition.
The argument stems from both groups’ desire to place a question on November’s ballot to change the setup of City Council. EON’s question, which made the ballot after more than one year of contestation, seeks to create a council of nine members, six of whom are to be elected by wards.
UNB’s question seeks to enlarge the council from five to seven at-large members. EON claims UNB is a city-backed group that is seeking to push the city agenda. “We certainly will oppose the question being put on the ballot and oppose the distraction and the disingenuous nature of this phony grassroots group that everyone knows
is just the mayor and his friends,” said EON spokesman Charlie Kratovil. Some of the circulators of UNB’s petition are on the city payroll or have ties to the city. Those a part of the city include: Glenn Patterson, head of economic development;
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With more seats to fill, athletic director prepares for season University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti talks with The Daily Targum’s News Editor Caitlin Mahon about the completion of the stadium expansion, changes to ticket sales, challenges in his new position and plans for the season. Caitlin Mahon: On opening day, what can anyone who is coming to game expect to see? Tim Pernetti: There will certainly be a lot more cars coming to the stadium than there were last year. The cool thing is a lot of people haven’t seen it — any iteration of it at all — nevermind the folks who saw it at the beginning of the summer. But seeing the new end zone is going to be the one thing everyone is probably looking forward to. [People will also look forward to] seeing the new seats, seeing the new scoreboard, seeing the new entryway to the stadium off of River Road at the south end. The entire stadium [is] closed in, instead of where it was, [and] now you can walk all around the stadium. There are going to be a lot of things that people will be able to see. I think the scoreboard alone will be a wow factor for a lot of people
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SAM HELLMAN/ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
In a Q & A, Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said the Rutgers Stadium expansion is complete and will be ready for the first game on Sept. 7 against Cincinnati. The $102 million stadium holds a capacity of 52,454 spectators.
Enrollment places strain on campus BY CAGRI OZUTURK ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Record-breaking University enrollment numbers are creating some difficulties, but administrators are working to alleviate the strains. The University continues to break its own records with the
University’s administration projecting enrollment numbers of 54,649 University-wide and 37,319 for New Brunswick. “[54,649] is a [University] record,” Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip J. Furmanski said. “It reflects increasing recognition of the great value of a Rutgers education and economic
conditions that lead students and their parents to consider that value in making their choices about which university to attend.” According to a national survey by SmartMoney magazine examining earning value — college costs versus salaries earned by graduates — the
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Rich Punko, a retired teacher and former army sergeant, attends a Wednesday night health care vigil in Highland Park. Punko said his insurance provider tried to deny his wife health care as she suffered from diabetes and could not get a kidney transplant, despite being number one on the list. See PAGE 6.
U. OFFERS BOOKSTORE CREDIT FROM STUDENT FINANCIAL AID REFUNDS The University established the RU Book Advance program this summer to help students who receive a financial aid refund of more than $500 to pay for their books and supplies. The University established the fund with Barnes & Noble, the exclusive agent for the University’s main bookstore, and it can only be used at locations including Ferren Mall and Livingston, or online. “The program was established as an additional ser vice to financial aid recipients,” according to an e-mail from the University Financial Aid Office, Student Accounting, Barnes & Noble and the Division of Administration and Public Safety. “The University will issue an advance against a portion of the student’s anticipated financial aid refund to be used toward the purchase of books and school supplies each semester.” For the about 4,600 students who receive this refund, they no longer need to wait for a refund check to buy books, as with this credit advance they can purchase books earlier, according to the e-mail. Students who are a part of the program will receive an e-mail at the start of each semester once their refund has been advanced to the bookstore. “The program ends at the end of the add/drop period each semester, at which time any remaining dollars that a student has not spent towards the purchase of books and school supplies will appear as a credit on the student’s account, and a refund check for that credit will be processed,” according to the e-mail. Students can opt out or opt in to this program online through their account statement and can change their status each semester. — Mary Diduch
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RUPD crime report: ‘Safety must start with you’ BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT
Crime on campus continues to fluctuate with an increase in stolen vehicles and a decrease in burglaries and arson. The “Safety Matters” report, which is prepared annually by the Rutgers University Police Department and published by the Division of Administration and Public Safety, keeps the University community informed about matters of safety and offers valuable tips to reduce and prevent on-campus crime. Between the years of 2006 and 2008, on the University campus, a total of 26 cars were reported as stolen to the RUPD, 11 of them in 2006, three in 2007 and 12 in 2008. In that same time period, 460 burglaries were reported, with 139 in 2006, 103 in 2007 and 118 in 2008, and sixteen repor ts of arson were made, six in 2006, five in 2007 and five in 2008. “Rutgers maintains a comprehensive public safety program aimed at serving all members of the campus community. But safety must start with you,” according to the report. RUPD Capt. Kenneth Cop explained the most important thing a student can do to promote his or her safety is to practice common sense. “[Students] should just practice general safety habits — lock their doors properly; and if they have cars, secure them properly in the lot … generally be aware of their surroundings and always call in suspicious activity,” he said. This advice would have ser ved School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore Abha Huckoo and her roommates well last year, when a laptop was
stolen from her floor in a residence hall. “Usually, we left our doors open, because we all knew each other and if anybody came up there, we knew no one was going into our rooms unless we knew about it,” she said. “I guess while we were in the lounge, some kids just came in and took them.” The boys who stole the laptop passed by the students in the lounge and asked for a certain person’s room, Huckoo said. When the crime was discovered, campus police were called but the perpetrators were never caught. “When we get a call, an officer responds and takes all of the information,” Cop said. “They investigate until they can go no further with it, then make a report, which is forwarded to the detectives bureau.” Response time depends on a variety of factors, including the number of officers on duty, the amount of calls being responded to at one time and the priority level of each call, he said. “Of course, any ongoing crime that affects someone’s safety would have an emergency response,” Cop said. In addition to providing oncampus crime statistics throughout the last three years, “Safety Matters” lists important phone numbers such as the University Emergency Ser vices and Fire Safety Department, Sexual Assault Ser vices and Crime Victim Assistance and Community Police Officers. To read the report in its entirety, visit the Web site http://publicsafety.rutgers.edu/r upd/SAFETY_MATTERS_0809.pdf. The 10-page document provides phone numbers, statistics and tips that may help prevent future on-campus crime.
Total recorded crimes at Rutgers-New Brunswick/ Piscataway campuses from 2006 - 2008
Underage possesion of alcohol - 59%
Open container of alcohol - 16%
Drug abuse violations - 7%
Burglary - 12%
Other - 6% Source: Safety Matters 2009 - 2010
GRAPHIC BY MATT STEELE/ DESIGN EDITOR
As shown above, underage alcohol possession holds the largest portion of crimes, with 2,221 reports. Other crimes also represented are open container of alcohol (630), burglary (460), drug abuse violations (262), serving alcohol to underage persons (57), motor vehicle theft (26), weapons possession (26), rape or attempted rape by an acquaintance (21), robbery (18), aggravated assault (17) and arson (16). Not represented in this graph are murder, manslaughter, rape or attempted rape by a stranger and statutory rape/incest, which have no reported incidences between 2006 and 2008. This graph represents all on-campus property, non-campus property and public property incidents that were reported to RUPD, other police departments or other University offices.
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SEASON: Single tickets, packages appeal to all fans continued from front because … it’s massive. It’s huge and it will produce in a lot of ways, like a television production is produced with a lot of game day elements, trying to keep fans involved in the game; the list goes on and on but most of all, I think people are excited to see what the new end zone looks like. CM: You became the new athletic director at a controversial time for the University, with a lot of talk about athletic spending and the final stages of the stadium construction. What challenges did you face? TP: I think this job at any university has its challenges. I think athletics in general at the collegiate level has its challenges. Nobody is immune from the economy right now … and everyone is challenged a little bit. I wouldn’t lie to you and tell you I didn’t pay attention to what was said and what was written. I have not spent a lot of time on what’s happened in the past; I’ve spent all my time on trying to move things forward. I have spent a tremendous amount of time with the finances of the department and trying to make sure that we’re organized, that we understand where everything is, that everything is transparent and we can explain it. And I really think that’s what my job was to come in and do … to try to figure out a way to advance the athletic department here rather than try to think about what might have happened before I started — right, wrong, indifferent, true or false — and try to figure where to fix it. I’m really here to do the job and move forward. CM: Richard Costello recently took over the new deputy director of athletics for finance and administration position. How is the position working out? TP: It’s working out well. Rick was hired by the University administration well before I was hired as the athletic director; he was hired last fall and was brought in, in response to various pieces of University business to assist with the finances in athletics. The position is working out very well. I think in an athletic department, a position that manages the day-to-day finances of the department is critical. I think especially now where athletics has become a very large business, it’s important to have someone day-to-day manage the finances for your department and be able to manage all the financial pieces of your department. Everything from all the revenue coming in to all the expenses going out so I’ve been really pleased with the way its worked
out. I think it will continue to be a positive for the department, to have somebody in a position like that who can work very closely with me to manage the finances of the department. CM: Why are two different ticket packages and single game tickets being offered to the public, in addition to season tickets? TP: I think if you look back to 2006 when the team had its 11-2 season, that was the time where obviously demand was at an alltime high. And a lot of people who didn’t have season tickets got them, and those that didn’t have season tickets but could get single game tickets got them. We haven’t had the opportunity to offer a season ticket or even a single game ticket to the general public in three years. Since the Louisville game in 2006, we haven’t had that opportunity. We’re adding 11,000 new seats to the stadium so we thought it was a really good opportunity for us to get back to where we always wanted to be, which was to make it an inclusive opportunity, not exclusive. More seats, more opportunity to get more people to come to [games]. We’re able to offer season tickets to the public for the first time in three years. The one thing I encouraged our guys to do was to try to partner with our fans. I think a lot of times, we are so distanced from the fans, it’s hard to understand what they deal with when making decisions like this to purchase season tickets. I spoke to prospective season ticket holders personally about it, and that’s why we launched into mini-season ticket plans. I think some people literally — based on their own financial situation — may have been right on the line with making a decision so we’ve partnered with fans from season tickets, mini-season tickets to single game tickets; we’ve really given our fans a ton of different opportunities out there that may fit them better. I think all of those things are an effort to try to make sure that we’re appealing to our fans and we’re giving them a lot of different options to come and experience Rutgers football. CM: How many tickets are left for the season? TP: Off the top of my head, I couldn’t tell you. It really fluctuates on a game-by-game basis. I anticipate the Cincinnati game will be a sell-out. We have under 1,000 tickets left for that game. We have over 51,500 tickets sold and distributed for that game already, so I anticipate that it will be a sell-out. As far as what’s left for the season, it’s very hard to answer because it varies on a game-by-game basis. — The second part of this interview will be featured on Tuesday, Sept. 8
U NIVERSITY CAMPUS: New housing to reach completion by 2011 continued from front University ranked sixth in the nation based on median salaries three years and 15 years after graduation. Public universities ranked above most Ivy League and private schools, according to the study. “It also reflects our continuing efforts to fulfill our mission to provide access and opportunity to as many students as we can who will benefit from what Rutgers has to offer,” he said. The New BrunswickPiscataway Campus University enrollment has increased steadily since 2007 and University-wide enrollment increased since 2006, according to the Office of Institutional Research. In 2007, there were 34,804 students on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus and 36,041 in 2008. There are about 10,000 first-year and transfer students University-
BALLOT: EON questions certification of UNB’s petition continued from front Rebecca Escobar, chairperson of the New Brunswick Housing Authority; Robert Rawls, head of the New Brunswick Fire Department; Ben Bucca, an attorney for the rent control board; Steven Zarecki, head of Department of Public Works; Mitchell Karon, head of New Brunswick Parking Authority; and more than 20 others. Patterson said as a resident of the city, he is entitled, along with EON, to express his opinion on the form of government of his city. He said he does not think his position in the city presents a conflict of interest with being a part of the group. If anything, it helps, as he has been living in the city for 20 years, he said. “The fact that I’m involved in the community should not excuse me … that’s just a preposterous idea that those who are involved with the community can’t have a say in the form of government,” Patterson said. An expansion of the council would get more people involved with the government and continue the city’s successes, he said. “I think the city has made a lot of progress over the last 30 years … with the current five member, at-large system,” Patterson said. He said with this system, the city has created more jobs, decreased its unemployment rate and built new housing for residents and students. City Spokesman Bill Bray said the city members’ circulating of the petition is a part of their first amendment rights as citizens, and the city cannot stop them.
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M wide and at New Brunswick campus there are more than 2,000 transfer students enrolled. “We understand that this places additional strains on our facilities and resources and we are working very hard to alleviate those stresses, with construction of increased housing, additional and improved academic facilities, new programs and, as we are able, expanding our faculty,” Furmanski said. The increase of new students led to a housing shortage last year resulting in nearly 500 students moving to nearby hotels such as the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset. These students moved back to University housing as spaces opened up. This year, 500 students will stay permanently in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “We are planning our design phase for adding 1,500 beds of dorm space on the Livingston Campus,” Furmanski said. “Plus the newly renovated student center has opened and the final design for a new dining facility
has been completed and will start construction in a few months.” New projects include various improvements to the University including new housing buildings on Busch and Livingston campuses, an improved Livingston Student Center and various new academic facilities. The new 1,500-person housing structure will reach completion in Fall 2012 and the 500-person housing building on Busch campus will be open in Fall 2011. “We are finalizing design of a new business school building to accommodate major growth in enrollment in that area,” Furmanski said. Another project is the classroom improvement project which is in year two of a three-year plan, said University spokesman E.J. Miranda. “There are a total of 262 classrooms and 20 lecture halls. Rutgers reserved $15 million to improve classrooms on all campuses,” he said. These classrooms will not only be renovated but include audiovisual and electronic teaching equipment.
“It’s almost unbelievable that someone would argue that someone who lives in the city and works for the city should not have an opinion on how the city is run,” Bray said. But the circulators show the group is a tactic of the city to distract their ward question from succeeding, Kratovil said. EON is also arguing that the certification of UNB’s petition is in itself illegal. “It’s the understanding of our legal team that what the clerk’s team did … was illegal and out of line with what the legislators actually wanted,” Kratovil said. Bray said Torrisi reviewed the petition and determined it contained the required number of valid signatures — at least 235 — to be certified. The city’s Depar tment of Law also reviewed the petition and ensured its compliance with the pertinent provisions of state laws 40:69A-184 through 40:69A-196 and 40:69A-25.1, according to the statement. According to state law 40:69A-25.1, two questions regarding an amendment to the city’s charter may appear on the same election ballot. Bennet Zurofsky, an attorney for EON, said another law, 40:69A-21, states there cannot be more than one proceeding — or petition regarding an alteration of municipal government — pending at the same time. Bray said that this does not apply, as EON’s petition is no longer pending. “The section of [that] law were adopted prior to the adoption of 25.1,” Bray said. “So it’s the city’s position that it does not control, and the statute itself says you can have more than one alternative and you can have conflicting alternatives.” Zurofsky said EON’s petition is still pending, and 40:69A-25.1
means multiple questions may be allowed, but only if they are presented by the same proceeding, as there still can only be one proceeding according to 40:69A-21. “It’s pending until it’s voted upon,” he said. It was this that made Judge James Hurley rule during the summer that a charter study commission — which would examine all possible options for government — was not allowed, as the status of EON’s petition was pending, Zurofsky said. “It’s a different thing to try to interrupt a different proceeding,” said Zurofsky, which he claims UNB is doing with this petition. A charter study commission cannot be enacted if a direct petition was filed, but both EON’s and UNB’s petitions were filed under the 25.1 law, making them a different type of petition, Bray said. In the first lawsuit with EON, other complications made their petition fail and eventually become withdrawn. “The city’s position is that a petition is not a pending process for a change in government until the question is actually going to be on the ballot,” Bray said. He said 25.1 petitions have the option of withdrawal after 10 days of denial by the council, and no question is guaranteed for the ballot, which means they are not pending. Bray said the city thinks the charter study commission in EON’s lawsuit was valid because the city thinks their petition was not a pending process, although the court did not agree with it. Zurofksy said there is a good chance EON may be heading to the courts again. “The city of New Brunswick thinks laws exist for the mayor to take advantage of” said Bray. “That’s why we’re probably going to end up in front of a judge.”
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NEW JERSEY FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF FALL 2009 SEASON The New Jersey Film Festival starts tonight at 7 p.m. in Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. Through Nov. 8, the festival will take place at Scott Hall and Ruth Adams Building on Douglass campus. “The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center is dedicated to the noncommercial exhibition of independent, classic, international and experimental films and videos,” according to the New Jersey Film Festival Web site. “Not only do our audiences have the opportunity to view many independently produced films, but also the added benefit of meeting with the filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and other members of production crew.” Tonight’s theme “Long Live Rock” will feature “Little Criminals” by Tony Gaddis, an experimental music video featuring Jon Hardy & The Public; “The Last Bastions of Rock,” which pays tribute to the state’s rock venues past and present, by Fritch Clark, who will be appearing in person; and “We Enjoy Yourself” by Chris Pepino, a tour documentary on Phish. Pepino will is also scheduled to attend, according to the site. The festival, founded in 1982, offers more than 100 annual film screenings and events, according to the site. — Sara Gretina
CALENDAR SEPTEMBER Come out to the Gardens every Friday between May 1 and October 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. and shop at the Farmers Market on Ryders Lane near Cook campus. The market provides a variety of products grown and produced locally, such as buffalo meat, cheese, vegetables, poultry and baked goods from around New Jersey. For more information check out www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farmmarket.htm.
The objectives of Responsible Drinking Happy Hour in the Cook Café at 59 Biel Road on Cook campus are to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom, to build a foundation for a learning community and to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. The event begins at 4 and goes until 7 p.m. For more information call Joan Bankole-Jones at (732) 932-8990.
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Eatery expands to new downtown site BY MARGARET YU STAFF WRITER
Once upon a griddle, a University alumnus decided to open a store delivering wraps, sandwiches, quesadilla crisps and more to students on all campuses. Hansel ‘n Griddle, originally only located at 53 Mine St., has expanded to a second location at 112 Church St. and will now provide deliver y and pick-up options to all campuses. The new location will be open for longer hours Thursday through Saturday until 3 a.m. and until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. “We wanted to expand because this side of town has a whole different market,” said Hansel ‘n Griddle locations owner Nick Komandis. The new location reaches out not only to college students on other campuses, but also local business professionals, he said. The new store held its “soft opening” on Saturday inviting mostly friends and family. The Church Street location has an earthy, log-cabin décor with blue, orange and green walls along with wooden furnishings to
provide a rustic atmosphere with free Wi-Fi. There are also 40-inch LCD televisions that display the entire menu and change based on daily specials. The location is about 1,200 square feet — about four to five times larger than 53 Mine St. — and includes seating for 27 people, which will eventually increase as Komandis’ plans to provide bar seating by the front window. “We have a lot more space and tables. It’s so much nicer not to be cramped together,” he said. Unlike the first location, the second offers Buffalo wings and expanded its breakfast menu to include pancakes, French toast and coffee beverages that will be made available during the course of the month, said manager Michael Ivers. Komandis said he plans to bring back the popular London broil sandwich. The two locations will be separating deliveries according to proximity, meaning students will have to be aware of which menu they are ordering from, as not all items are offered at both locations, Ivers said. All deliveries at
any campus placed after 11 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday would be handled solely by the new location. “They have such good food, and I will definitely be asking them to deliver to me after 11 p.m.,” said Joshua Friedman, a Livingston College senior. Friedman continues to go to the Mine Street location, but said he would go to the new store if he were in the area. “Everything we offer has top quality ingredients,” Ivers said. “We feel in the long run it is best to have a quality product instead of cutting corners.” School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Brian Letts eats at the Mine Street location almost once a day and plans to eat at the new location in the future. “The more the merrier,” Letts said. “It is great food. I love it, and I am willing to pay for it.” The plan to expand began about 10 months ago when Komandis began leasing the location that used to be home to Sunshine Hamburger, Ivers said. After the expansion, he continues to look for new employees at both locations for jobs from delivery to counter help.
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WEST END PIZZA AND GRILL TO HOLD GRAND OPENING THIS WEEKEND There is a new pizzeria in town. West End Pizzeria and Grill, located at 152 Easton Ave., sits at the former location of the West End Coffee Bar that went out of business last fall. “We do brick-oven pizza, which is my favorite personally. It tastes differently; it’s cooked even,” said owner George Elghossain. “We use top-quality products whether it’s the cheese or the toppings.” The pizzeria will hold their grand opening this weekend on Sept. 4 and 5, Elghossain said. Boar’s Head distributor will be giving away key chains and a drawing will be held for 12 free sub sandwiches for one year, with the winner claiming one free sub every month. Another drawing will be held for one free large plain pie each month for one year, he said. The pizzeria specializes in Lebanese cuisine offering falafel, stuffed grape leaves and shawarma, which are various kinds of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, Elghossain said. Chicken, beef and lamb are stacked on a slowly turned skewer, which is then cut and served as it cooks. Also on the menu is the “Pizza Warma,” which is a pizza pie with cooked meat from the vertical rotisserie as a topping. Elghossain said he signed a lease for the property in November 2008. A zoning application and architectural plans were submitted and this process took until the end of May, he said. Construction on the site began in June and was completed in early August. — Heather Brookhart
Health care reform vigil draws support for public plan option BY ANDREW GOLD CONTRIBUTING WRITER
More than 100 supporters of a public health care option turned out Wednesday night at the Reformed Church in Highland Park for a health care vigil, with organizers calling for a R.E.A.L plan — “Ready right away, part of a plan to cover Ever yone, Accountable to the public, and Large enough to contain costs.” Several groups, including NJ Citizen Action, Central Jersey MoveOn Local Council, Central
NJ for Change and the Health Care for America Now Campaign, helped organize what was billed as a vigil to give recognition to those suffering under the current health care system and to show support for reform. The event was one of hundreds taking place nationwide, as advocates mobilized to send their local representatives to Washington, D.C. after the Congressional recess. “We have a health care crisis in this country, with tens of thousands of people dying every year because they’re uninsured or
under-insured,” said Health Care Campaign Coordinator for NJ Citizen Action Eve Weissman. “This event is different than the other events in the sense that it’s a vigil … a more quiet, somber event.” Passing motorists on Raritan Avenue were anything but quiet, many honking their horns and yelling out car windows in support of the people in the church parking lot holding signs with pro-public option slogans. Vigil attendant Rich Punko, a retired teacher and former army sergeant, recalled his experience
Participants of the vigil at the Reformed Church in Highland Park light candles and carry signs, calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to formulate a public health care option.
with an insurance provider who From the church parking he said tried to deny his wife lot, those participating in the health care as she suffered from vigil walked down Raritan complications of diabetes. Avenue to the bridge, candles “She was number one on the and signs in-hand, and offering list to get a kidney transplant … shouts to passersby calling on they couldn’t do it because she President Barack Obama and was too sick so she stayed in Congress to act on a public the hospital eight months,” health care option. Punko said. The health care crisis may The insurance provider often have a direct effect on University tried to deny payment for the students as well. hospital stay, Punko said. The Jeffrey Axelbank, a psycholodoctors personally inter vened, gist and management consultant and in his experience, doctors who practices in Highland Park, are supportive of a public option has seen students end therapy as well. ser vices when they graduate “My family doctor is in favor of and lack other coverage. single-payer J u s l e i n e [option],” he said. Daniel, a “This event is Coordinator at University graduMoveOn.org and student in the different than the ate psychotherapist School of Social Susan Gutwill other events in the Work, said the said she is percurrent health sense that it’s a vigil care system was sonally supportive of a singlenot much help to … a more quiet, payer plan, but her after she was somber event.” ultimately wishes assaulted on the to see at least street in New EVE WEISSMAN some kind of pubBrunswick and Health Care Campaign licly funded, wideneeded emerCoordinator for NJ Citizen Action ly available health gency medical care system care. Since she become a reality. was over the age of 24, she “MoveOn is fighting for the could not be covered under a possibility of a public option, parent’s plan, and was left with which is actually possible if no other options. we push hard in Congress,” “As a par t-time student, I she said. wasn’t eligible for health care Several individuals spoke coverage. However, I wasn’t eliabout their experiences with the gible for health care coverage at current health care system and work, so I spent a cer tain why they believed reform was amount of time uninsured,” needed. This part of the event Daniel said. “At the end of the concluded with words in memo- day, I had a bill for $14,000 that ry of the late Senator Edward I had to pay, plus I couldn’t work Kennedy, for whom health care because of the injuries.” reform was a priority. A significant number of both Organizers said they did not undergraduate and graduate rule out the possibility of distur- students at the University are bances by opposing protestors, over the age of 24, and Daniel similar to those occurring in did not view her predicament as town hall meetings across the necessarily unique. country. But most public show“It could happen to anybody,” ing of opposition was absent. she said.
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Laurels and darts A
s the semester kicked off on Tuesday, students should have been prepared to deal with the same old problems happening with parking and the bus system. The massive influx of firstyear students trying to navigate their way from campus to campus isn’t making it easier for students to deal with the already crowded busses and parking lots. Even though it is only the first week and every student needs time to adjust to their schedules and the bus system, solutions should be thought of to prevent these problems from occurring. Students pay a lot of money for parking permits, and they aren’t even guaranteed a spot in the lot they need to put their car in. When they do park in the lots, the buses they need to take to get to their classes are usually overcrowded, and some buses run very late. Hopefully, these issues will be fixed as the semester continues, but until then, the bus system and University parking will get a dar t. ***** On Wednesday afternoon, students walking down College Avenue were treated to a free concert provided by the Rutgers University Programming Association and the Rutgers University Musicians Guild. Outside of Au Bon Pain and the Rutgers Student Center, drums were set up and amps were plugged in as bands played everything from alternative rock to acoustic songs. The musical styles of Dan Rauchwerk, Stratazoid, Picto, Mike Nye and Three North filled the air as students walked by and stopped to enjoy the free show. Laurels are given to RUPA and RUMG for putting together a free concert showing off the diverse musical talent students have at the University and also giving students a place to go to enjoy a free show as a break from their class schedules. ***** During the first few days of school, policemen patrol the streets of the College Avenue campus to direct not necessarily car traffic, but the student traffic crossing the streets. Even though everyone is guilty of doing it at one time or another, jaywalking has been a big issue on campus. Darting into traffic as commuter students and other drivers trying to make their way through New Brunswick is not the smartest of ways to make it to your next class. Caution needs to be taken by both drivers and pedestrians to make sure that an accident does not occur. Both student drivers and pedestrians can be in a rush to make it to their next class, which can dangerous because both can be unaware of their surroundings. The police will not be there all year to yell at you and make sure you use the crosswalk, so awareness should be raised now that jaywalking is a “no-no” when making your way through campuses at the University. Darts are given to students who participate in the act and jet through the streets without caution.
***** Even though it was a bummer that school seemed to start a week earlier for students here at the University than everyone else, a positive aspect comes from it. Monday is Labor Day and students have the day off. The long weekend gives students a chance to commute home or enjoy relaxing around campus and finding various activities to do in the city. The day off after the first week also gives students time to fix their schedules and buy books, as well as giving them an extra day of socializing and catching up with new and old friends at the University. Laurels are given to the day off and the chance for students to use it to their advantage.
***** It seems as if Au Bon Pain by the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus was not prepared for the return of University students this week. When deciding to eat here, one of the more popular dining establishments on the College Avenue campus, students came to find that the restaurant was not well stocked with ingredients. Signs for soups and sandwiches were up, leaving students to think that they were available for order. Upon ordering such choices as the Caprese sandwich and the Southern black eyed pea soup, hungry students would find that the restaurant was out of things like tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and soups that were shown on their menu. Darts are given to Au Bon Pain for their lack of preparation for the new school year and for disappointing the hungry students who went there looking for sustenance.
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Adjusting to Italy’s culture Experiences from Abroad C
Italians are constantly ulture shock is often bending and breaking one’s first experience laws. They believe obediwhen studying abroad. KATHLEEN CROUCH ence is boring. This When arriving in includes hesitating Florence, architecture is the first physical evidence of city’s beauty. before stopping at a red light. It is often insulting Historical towers reaching no higher than 90 feet to expect locals to follow the rules. Hospitality is also not of importance. Italians surround the world-famous Duomo give away the rich histor y of the city. Cobblestone streets give do not go out of their way to greet tourist nor an immediate sense of Florence’s timelessness, mutual Florentines. It is likely merchants ignore but cultural diversity runs deeper than historical a customer and are hesitant to help. Our Italian architecture. Florence opens the door to new rit- culture teacher, Francesca, reminded the group that it’s not us — it’s a way of life. uals, new foods and a new way of life. How Italians take on food July and August is considis also ver y different from ered vacation time for most “On every corner, you can find Americans. Ingredients are Florentines because the city fresh and come no further is hot and there is heavy a café selling gelato, but than 27 miles outside the city. tourist traf fic. Our group one quickly learns that the People in Florence do most of arrived a couple days before shopping on street marthe Italian vacation ended. cafés with the best gelatos are their kets where fresh fruits, vegMany shops along small etables, bread and homemade streets closed down for the those on small side streets pasta are sold ver y cheap. summer months, but after with long lines.” Italians simply do not eat food our first weekend in that is not fresh. In compariFlorence, local stores son, most American food travopened up for the new season. It is common for shop owners to close their els over 1,000 miles before entering a supermarket. business while on vacation. Stores that do stay Food is ritual for Italians and something that is to open during the summer months are in tourist be enjoyed and respected. Lastly, one cannot ignore the gelato. On every areas. They slash their merchandise in half, corner, you can find a café selling gelato, but one knowing locals will not pay the high prices. One of the first things our group learned is quickly learns that the cafés with the best gelatos are that locals rarely abuse alcohol. Italians start those on small side streets with long lines. It easily drinking ver y early in life. Alcohol is not a novel- becomes a way of life. Walking home from class ty in Italian culture like it is thought of to most always means a stop for gelato only costing one euro. Just like any culture, Italy has its up and Americans. Alcohol, primarily wine, is viewed as a beverage that enhances the taste of food. downs. Adjusting is the toughest part, but the Italians introduce alcohol to their child at a last week taught our group to remain open mindyoung age. It is common for children to drink ed because there is so much more to learn. wine at dinner with their family. Alcohol conKathleen Crouch is a University College senior sumption is also how Florentine’s identify Americans. Unfor tunately, American students majoring in journalism and media studies. Her are best known here in Florence as being loud column, “Experiences from Abroad,” runs on alternate Fridays. and drunk.
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Letter JIMMY WINTERS
he United States of America has come to a significant turning point, and what happens in this president’s term, without any doubt, has the potential to change the very fiber of the land of the free. President Barack Obama’s administration and Congress are stepping up their secular progressive efforts — governmentowned corporations, government-owned health care, redistribution of wealth, increased taxes, more social programs, etc. — with the ultimate goal of terminating this capitalist society and establishing a socialistic state. They would like nothing more than to empower the government to coddle each and every one of its citizens from bir th to death, taking away innate initiative and incentive to work. Those are definite. The only variable is the people; only you have the power to make sure this crippling end never comes about. On the note of socialism, there are actually known uberleftists in places of power, and
it’s a myster y how they ever got there. Glenn Beck recently exposed the hidden truths of Obama’s czars: advisers who are accountable to no one and are hand-chosen by the president. There are 16 of these unelected people who control trillions of taxpayer dollars, more than any previous president. Obama appointed many czars even though there are Senate-confirmed secretaries of the 15 cabinet departments that have the Constitutionallyapproved powers to oversee these specific areas. For example, Nancy-Ann DeParle acts as Obama’s “health czar,” even though Kathleen Sebelius already ser ves as America’s Health and Human Ser vices secretar y. Obama also has a “border czar” even though we have long had a secretar y of homeland security. The secretaries are accountable for their actions, and there are checks and balances that keep the secretaries’ power under control; there exists nothing to check the power of the czars. The president’s “green jobs czar,” Van Jones, is a self-described revolutionar y and has the ear of the president. He, and others
like him, pose a major threat to this countr y’s capitalist foundation, and we as citizens can do nothing to remove him or any other czar because they hold no official office. This is absurd. We can, however, remove our own elected representatives from office, and some of them we should. How is it possible that almost ever y single Democratic senator is in favor
“On the note of socialism, there are actually known uber-leftists in places of power, and it’s a mystery how they ever got there.” of H.R. 3200 — the bill that would create a governmentowned, taxpayer-funded health care — while ever y Republican senator is resistant to it? It was my understanding that our congressmen and senators are obligated to represent the views of their constituents. Some legislators have held town-hall meetings as a forum for citizens to share their views on the bill. When the citizens did show up
SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 9 and voice with zealousness that they are vehemently opposed to it, the sanctimonious legislators chose blatantly to ignore their constituents’ views in order to promote their own personal agendas. To be fair, there are probably some districts in which the majority of people approve of the health care bill, and those representatives are doing their jobs, as they should. But the problem is that there is a violent push to pass this bill quickly, which is a conspicuous indicator of major problems. At least some congressmen are stalling the bill so they might at least be able to read the whole thing. With respect to the bill itself, I’ve never seen something so clearly socialist in essence get so much attention. There are many issues associated with this health bill, but in a nutshell it’s just steroids for already enormous government control of what should be left to free enterprise. Here’s the deal, readers. Our countr y is under siege. Our president, most of Congress and radical revolutionaries in high positions of power want to scrap our 220
year old Constitution, our backbone, our document of supreme law that the Founding Fathers so delicately, meticulously and per fectly crafted, for a secular progressive, neoEuropean-esque socialist doctrine. There has never been such a well-planned, cunning, coordinated attack on this countr y’s values and histor y. If you value your liber ty, your oppor tunity to pursue wealth and happiness and all your other rights guaranteed by the Constitution, you cannot be passive and you cannot be complacent. Whether you realize it or not, your freedoms and your way of life could vanish in the next half decade. You must spread the word to awaken the sleeping giant that is America’s hard-working, conser vative populace. As Rober t H. Jackson said, “It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”
Jimmy Winters is a School of Engineering sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering.
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Horoscopes / LINDA C. BLACK
SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
Pearls Before Swine
Today’s Birthday (09/04/09) Set the rules this year and enforce them. The people on your team are full of great ideas, most of which are wildly impractical. Don’t worry if you encounter resistance. They’ll love you later for having stood firm. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 6 — If nobody’s listening, try another tactic. Get someone to represent your point of view. Someone without a temper. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 — Friends reach a compromise in an unusual way. You never would have thought of this. It all turns out well. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — Don’t rush into anything. Think before you act. Conditions are changing. Let the dust clear before you pick a target. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Dreams of a tropical paradise are getting harder to resist. If you can’t afford a month on a sailboat, keep saving. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Looks like more work is required. Not a problem for you; check with the boss to see what you should do first. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Somebody wants to lend a hand. You’re not sure if you should accept. Wait until you’re certain.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Deadlines may be pressing, but you’re up to the task. Shut off your phone to minimize distractions. Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Listening to children’s stories helps you appreciate what your folks went through while raising you. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Keep studying. You’re not sure how you will use this material yet, but it’ll be good to have it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — You’re in the mood to throw things out. Problem is, you’ll need something as soon as it’s gone. Proceed carefully. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — There’s more money coming in from work you enjoy. It doesn’t get much better than this. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Loved ones are sure you can perform a task that you think is too difficult. Let your partner lead the way.
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Bataille leads Knights in first season as coach BY KEVIN O’ROURKE
two-day total of three over par to pace the field at the Princeton Invitational, while Sorbella led the In 2005 Jason Bataille helped Knights in stroke average and postlead the Rutgers men’s golf team to ed an impressive twelfth place finthe NCAA Championship for the ish in the Big East Championship. first time in 20 years. Now, in his James Hilaire and Benjamin first year Bershad are also experienced in MEN’S GOLF as head tournament play and provide coach, Bataille will begin working strong leadership, Bataille said. to ensure it won’t be another 20 Freshmen Gene Yang and John years before the Scarlet Knights Fagan could make an immediate make a return trip to college golf’s impact on the Banks. Yang was national championship event. ranked as New Jersey’s number Bataille takes the helm after two high school senior by serving two years as a volunteer Golfweek Magazine and Fagan assistant under Maura Waters- bested Yang and other top high Ballard. Waters-Ballard will oversee school players to win the 2009 the men’s program in her new posi- NJSIAA Group IV Tournament of tion as director of golf while contin- Champions. Arbes feels that both uing to coach the women’s team. newcomers will only drive the For success in 2009, Bataille upperclassmen to work harder. will lean heavily on “Even if they a tested and talentdon’t make our “[It is] very fortunate traveling roster, ed senior class. “[It is] very forthey’re going to of me to have five tunate of me to have challenge us to seniors that have five seniors that step up and play have other experito have to other experience so better ence so they can earn our spot,” really help me to set they can really help Arbes said. the tone for years to Rutgers’ expeme to set the tone .” rience come,” Bataille and depth said. “And they are are reasons JASON BATAILLE not five seniors that Bataille is confiHead Coach are going to go on dent the team can their own: They are improve on last five seniors that trust in the system, spring’s ninth place finish in the that trust in what I believe in and in 12-team Big East Championship. what Coach Ballard believes in.” “I expect our scoring average Second-year captain Jordan to drop this year,” Bataille said. Gibbs exemplifies those beliefs “It’s always been hanging as well as anyone, Bataille said. around that 300 level or so and “We talk about setting an we hope to get it down to 290, example for the younger kids — and I think it’s a realistic goal for he sets an example for the entire the level of talent that we have team. I trust him with what he on our team right now.” thinks is best for the team,” The Knights began fall pracBataille added. tice on Tuesday, and while qualiThe senior built on strong show- fying rounds will be held to ings in last spring’s Princeton determine the starting five, Invitational and Cavalier Classic Gibbs, Arbes and Sorbella are with a sixth-place finish in this sum- likely to comprise three-fifths of mer’s New Jersey State Amateur the RU lineup in next weekend’s Championship. Gibbs is also taking Rutgers Invitational. his role as captain seriously. Other highlights of the fall “It’s a great honor to be cap- schedule include trips to tain of your team,” Gibbs said. Bethpage State Park’s Red Course Fellow seniors Jimmy Arbes for the St. John’s Invitational and and JF Sorbella also enter the year to North Carolina’s Pine Needles with high expectations after strong Golf Club for the inaugural Big junior campaigns. Arbes carded a East Match Play event. STAFF WRITER
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Senior midfielder Jenifer Anzivino (14) has made three starts this season, scoring one goal for the Knights. RU will travel to Penn State Saturday for a rematch of last season’s NCAA tournament game.
VALLEY: Knights look to get back in rankings vs. PSU continued from back should not only vault them back into those rankings but perhaps put them in an even better position than they were before the Stony Brook draw. “Our success against Penn State last year and against any great team that we’ve played has been our mentality,” Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks said. “We have to step on the field and not question
STANFORD: Cardinal provides a challenge for RU
whether we’re going to win the match but know we’re going to win the match.” While the Penn State match is clearly the biggest one on Rutgers’ schedule this weekend, the Knights are adamant about their desire to not overlook the unranked opponent that will be waiting for them at Yurcak Field tonight. Once again, RU’s tie to Stony Brook will come into play in their match against Towson tonight. The tie essentially makes the Towson match a must win. “Friday night is going to be a bigger game than Sunday for us
right now,” senior goalkeeper Erin Guthrie said. “We have to win that game, and we have to be able to go into Penn State with confidence.” Guthrie will have the opportunity to break the Rutgers all-time shutout record this weekend. She is currently tied with Saskia Webber with 34 career shutouts. But with two big games looming this weekend, the record is the last thing on Guthrie’s mind. “That’s not what’s important right now,” she said. “I just think that ever y game is impor tant.”
There isn’t much common history between the two programs — they have never met before — but both are trying to erase the
It’s something head coach Bob Reasso is well aware of and knows Stanford can be a dangerous team, even a six hour flight away from home. “I know their coach well so I’m sure they will be a well coached team,” he said. “They are a Pac-10 team, and that’s a very competitive conference so it should be an interesting game.” The Knights will finish off the weekend with a second home game Sunday when they host St. Peter’s. But things will get tougher after that for RU when it flies west to take on UC-Santa Barbara in a return match from last season. Rutgers won that game 3-2 at Yurcak Field.
continued from back “It’s cool playing a team from the West because it gives you a chance to see somebody different who has a different style of play,” Carroll said. “I came from a West Coast team and you get that different style of play because of the weather and players that play a different style. There is a lot more possession and knocking the ball around while in the Big East — it’s physical. The balls are more direct and everybody is big, strong and fast, and everything is in your face whereas it’s more technical out there.”
“They are a Pac-10 team...so it should be an interesting game.” BOB REASSO Head Coach
memories of subpar campaigns the previous year. Rutgers finished last season 6-9-3 while Stanford went 4-11-3.
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
Leadership key to Scarlet Knights’ approach BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER
So many things can change for a team over the course of an of fseason. With FIELD HOCKEY t h e RUTGERS AT departure of WILLIAM & MARY, s i x SATURDAY, 11 A.M. star ters and 11 letterwinners, the Rutgers field hockey team is left with five seniors
and three juniors as the upperclassmen on the squad. Although the numbers aren’t high, head coach Liz Tchou said that the leadership on the team has never been stronger. “It’s been just so much fun to work with them because you have the leadership and the upperclassmen have been through a lot,” Tchou said. “I think it’s probably the strongest senior leadership we’ve had since I’ve been here in regards to ever yone making
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Senior Kristen Johnson will lead the Scarlet Knights’ defense against William & Mary Saturday in Williamsburg, Va.
the underclassmen feel really welcome — the chemistr y is incredible.” From practice to game time as well as off the field, one key to the team’s success this year is respect. The team’s five seniors, co-captains Melissa Bowman and Kristen Johnson, and forwards Brittany Bybel, Jessika Hoh and Sarah Dunn, are a major cornerstone of that aspect. “The seniors have been through a lot and they’ve really been earning the respect of the younger players as well,” Tchou said. “It hasn’t been just because you’re a senior you have respect — ever y player is earning it for each other all the time.” Johnson, a major player in the backfield along with Bowman, said one of the most important facets of the team is its ability to stick together, even through two tough losses to start the season. “We’re just really looking forward to pushing ourselves in practice every day and we’re really taking it upon ourselves to make sure every individual person goes out hard in practice everyday,” Johnson said. “We’re not giving up on each other; it doesn’t matter if we win or lose we’re going to keep fighting every day and hopefully in the end we’ll come out on top.” The team will be put to the test as it readies for its first road trip of the season. “Traveling seven hours for an away game you can’t really worr y about outside factors,”
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Senior forward Jessica Hoh’s (25) two goals lead the Knights through the first two games of the 2009 season. Tchou said. “So I think it’ll be interesting to see how this team responds to that.” Though Rutgers (0-2) needs no extra motivation as it continues the pursuit of its first win, Saturday’s contest against William & Mar y (1-1) adds even more fuel to their fire. A year later, the team’s narrow 1-0 loss to the Tribe last season is still fresh in its mind. Despite dominating William & Mary with a 15-2 advantage in shots and an impressive 11-0 advantage in
penalty corners, it appeared the Scarlet Knights could not find the back of the cage. Even when junior midfielder Jenna Bull appeared to have scored the equalizer in the second half, the officials waved off the goal as too high. “We had a bad game against them last year and I’m sure the upperclassmen want to redeem themselves,” Tchou said. “I think we’ll have the right amount of motivation going into the weekend.”
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
Unhappy Valley Penn State wants revenge after RU defeated Nittany Lions in Piscataway during last year’s NCAA Tournament
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The Rutgers women’s soccer team celebrates its double overtime winner against Penn State in last year’s NCAA tournament. The Scarlet Knights will travel to State College, Pa. Sunday in a rematch of that game after they face Towson tonight in the first game of a soccer double-header at Yurcak Field.
BY CHRIS MELCHIORRE CORRESPONDENT
You can’t go from being an unranked team in the NCAA Tournament to playing in the Sweet 16 WOMEN’S SOCCER without upsetting a few teams along RUTGERS AT the way. PENN STATE, Sophomore SUNDAY, 1 P.M. back Jasmine Edwards’ double overtime game-winner in last year’s first
round match against Penn State was step one in that process for the Rutgers women’s soccer team. At the time, the Nittany Lions were fresh off their eleventh consecutive Big Ten title. They were the No. 20 team in the countr y and two months earlier they snatched a double overtime victor y of their own over the Scarlet Knights. Penn State’s game winning goal in that match was scored with only 67 seconds left on the clock. So to say that their trip to the Banks for the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament left a
bad taste in Penn State’s mouth would be a pretty big understatement. Some of Penn State’s players were probably wondering what they were doing playing soccer in Piscataway in the first place: They clearly outranked Rutgers and perhaps deserved home field advantage. But there’s one question that was most likely on the mind of ever y Nittany Lion on the field when Edwards’ header connected with the back the net: “When do we play them again?” The answer to that question: Sunday, 1 p.m., in State College, Pa.
“We know coming into it that they want to beat us,” senior midfielder Jenifer Anzivino said. “It’s going to be a really tough game and we have to be ready to go.” Aside from the rivalr y that’s grown between the two teams, the match is big because of the opportunity it presents for the Knights. Rutgers lost its national ranking after drawing with unranked Stony Brook 1-1 on Sunday. A win against No. 13 Penn State
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Stanford making cross country trip for Yurcak visit BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
After coming from behind in a seven-goal thriller to win its season opener, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will begin its MEN’S SOCCER home schedule with a STANFORD AT match against RUTGERS, Stanford. TONIGHT, 8 P.M. The game is part a soccer doubleheader tonight at Yurcak Field that also features the women’s team in action against Towson. The Scarlet Knights (1-0, 0-0) opened their season Wednesday with a 4-3 victor y over Towson but fell behind 3-1 after 25 minutes — something they know they can’t afford to do at home. “They’re going to be a good team,” said junior defender Paulie Calafiore. “They’re always going to be a good team even if they’re coming off a loss. They won’t give up a lot of goals, but
[tonight] should be really big and we’re hoping there will be a lot of people there, and we are going to tr y and do our best.” Stanford (0-1, 0-0) is coming off a 21 loss at Lehigh. Rutgers played Lehigh to a scoreless draw in the preseason, yet they know the Cardinals will present a challenge. “I’ve seen them play before and they’re a good team,” junior defender Josh Carroll said. “Obviously they are coming across the country and they’re really going to want to make up for their loss. It’s our first game, and we want to show our fans that we can beat a good team at home because this is the place where we really can’t lose. We don’t want to lose on the road, but at home we have to protect that.” Carroll, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo. transferred to the Banks from Loyola Mar ymount and said that West coast teams present a different style of play.
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ANDREW HOWARD/ PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Sophomore forward Ibrahim Kamara scored twice in the preseason before starting the 2009 year off with a brace in the Scarlet Knights season opening win.
Returning all five starters, the Rutgers offensive line will anchor a new quarterback, a new season and a new stadium as the Knights begin their quest for Big East supremacy.
G A M E DAY
G2 SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
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KnightsGameday RUTGERS VS Cincinnati
GAME 1: Rutgers vs. Cincinnati, Rutgers Stadium, 4 p.m. TV: ESPN RADIO: 88.7 FM FAVORITE: Rutgers by 5.5
Unproven talent highlights opener BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Nothing says experience like playing time of this magnitude, and for the 10 new members of the Cincinnati defense and select new starters across the board for the Rutgers football team, Monday’s game brings a new meaning to the term “getting your feet wet.” The young Scarlet Knights jump out of the frying pan that was training camp and right into the inferno of a season-opening game in an upgraded stadium against the defending Big East champions. Even for some of the more experienced players, Labor Day will be a lot to handle. “It’s so exciting. I’ve been waiting so long for this,” said junior defensive tackle and new starter Charlie Noonan. “Camp was long, but man that’s so behind us too. … It’s Cincy week. It’s finally here. “It’s going to be awesome. With it all closed in, it’s going to be rocking. With school starting, everybody’s going to be here.” The battle of inexperience comes down to the Cincinnati defense, returning just one starter from last season’s Orange Bowl run and a new starting quarterback and wide receiver on offense for Rutgers. Although head coach Greg Schiano continues his smoke-andmirrors approach to the quarterback spot by not revealing his starter, seniors Dom Natale and Jabu Lovelace and freshman Tom Savage will all likely see time throughout the game. Natale, a transfer from Michigan State, got the most experience with the ones during training camp and has been commended by Schiano for his “presence.” To Natale, it doesn’t matter when or if he finds out he’s the starter. He plans to be ready. “It’s just my responsibility to my teammates to be ready for the game,” he said. “It makes no difference. I’m going to prepare the way I need to prepare no matter what and that’s my responsibility to my teammates. That’s what I’m going to do either way.” But the bad news for Rutgers is that Big East Coach of the Year Brian Kelly doesn’t seem to have lost any sleep over the quarterback questions either.
INSIDE the NUMBERS
SCARLET KNIGHTS (0-0)
PASSING CMP YDS TD INT. AVG. 0 D. Natale 37.5% 36 0 7.2
CMP YDS TD INT. AVG. PASSING 61.4% 2407 19 11 200.6 T. Pike
RUSHING NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 142 554 5 26 K. Young 3.9 100 516 6 62 J. Brooks 5.2
RUSHING J. Ramsey J. Goebel
NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 4.4 152 664 2 25 4.6 133 607 7 37
RECEIVING NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 27 565 6 74 20.9 T. Brown J. Corcoran 19 176 2 22 13.5 16 227 3 32 18.9 S. Graves M. Robinson 12 125 0 28 12.5
RECEIVING M. Gilyard J. Goebel B. Guidugli D. Woods
NO. 81 26 18 14
TKL SCK 93 5.5 1 72 0 57
R. D’Imperio J. Lefeged D. McCourty
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Despite pulling in just three balls for 37 yards against Cincinnati in last season’s 13-10 loss, senior Tim Brown has the most experience against the Bearcats of any RU wide receiver. “I have to tell you, I don’t spend that much time worrying about it,” Kelly said. “I got more problems that I have to deal with. We clearly felt this spring that we had to prepare for two quarterbacks.” On the Cincinnati side of the ball, all but one starter is gone from last season, leaving a series of question marks and unknowns for what’s to come. “The nice part of it is we do have a lot of veterans that we’re going to put on the field that have been waiting for their opportunity,” Kelly said. “So I think I’d feel a whole lot more ner vous about replacing those guys if we were replacing them with a lot of freshmen.” The inexperience at defense has had a similar effect on Rutgers players. Being an inexperienced player himself, Natale doesn’t plan on underestimating what the Bearcats put together on defense. “They have 10 new starters, but at the same time they had a guy last year at tight end that they put at Dend and he got drafted (Conor Barwin) so we’re not putting anything past them,” Natale said.
Kelly has added some intrigue to the defense by not specifying what style they will play. All signs indicate a transition to the 3-4 defense, but it is very possible that the Bearcats will give a lot of looks at 4-3 as well. The two players to watch on Cincinnati are quarterback Tony Pike and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Pike, a 6-foot-6 quarterback, has all the makings of a pro and threw for 2,407 yards and 19 touchdowns after starting the season as the No. 4 quarterback. “He’s a player you know. He throws a good ball and he’s always looking down field,” Noonan said. “We didn’t get to see him list year, but from what we’ve seen on film, he’s a player. We’ll see if he can take a hit.” Gilyard, Pike’s go-to guy, had just four catches for 35 yards against Rutgers last season but exploded onto the scene hauling in 1,276 yards and 11 touchdowns. “Gilyard is really a talent,” Schiano said. “He’s got all the things: size, speed, athleticism and he’s got an edge to him. He plays with an edge.”
INT 1 0 1
YDS 1276 283 229 168
A. Webster A. Revels C. Young
LNG 69 66 33 24
AVG. 15.8 10.9 12.7 12.0
TKL SCK 60 0 59 0 25 4
INT 1 0 0
TD 11 0 1 0
INJURIES Probable — George Johnson (shoulder), Blair Bines (ankle) Doubtful — RB Kordell Young (knee)
INJURIES Doubtful — John Goebel (hamstring)
SCHEDULE Sept. 7 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 10 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 31 Nov. 12 Nov. 21 Nov. 27 Dec. 5
SCHEDULE Sept. 7 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 15 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 13 Nov. 27 Dec. 5
4 p.m. Cincinnati 3:30 p.m. Howard 5 p.m. FIU TBA Maryland Texas Southern 3:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Pittsburgh 8 p.m. Army TBA Connecticut South Florida 7:30 p.m. TBA Syracuse TBA Louisville West Virginia TBA
4 p.m. Rutgers SE Missouri St. 7:30 p.m. Oregon State 6:45 p.m. Fresno State Noon 1 p.m. Miami (OH) South Florida 7:30 p.m. TBA Louisville TBA Syracuse Connecticut TBA West Virginia 8 p.m. TBA Illinois TBA Pittsburgh
Key Matchup Rutgers CB Devin McCourty vs. Cincy WR Mardy Gilyard McCourty, a fifth year senior and team captain, will have to spearhead the defensive attack against All-Big East wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, returning from a 1,276-yard 11 touchdown campaign last season.
STARTING LINEUP: OFFENSE
TIM BROWN Wide Receiver
ANTHONY DAVIS Tackle
CALEB RUCH Guard
RYAN BLASZCZYK Center
ART FORST Guard
KEVIN HASLAM Tackle
SHAMAR GRAVES Tight End
MOHAMED SANU Wide Receiver
DOM NATALE Quarterback
JACK CORCORAN Fullback
JOE MARTINEK Running Back
Senior 5’-8”, 210 lbs
Junior 6’-6”, 325 lbs
Sophomore 6’-4”, 290 lbs
Senior 6’-4”, 295 lbs
Sophomore 6’-8”, 310 lbs
Senior 6’-7”, 295 lbs
Senior 6’-3”, 235 lbs
Freshman 6’-2”, 215 lbs
Senior 6’-4”, 220 lbs
Senior 6’-1”, 230 lbs
Sophomore 6’-0”, 215 lbs
STARTING LINEUP: DEFENSE
GEORGE JOHNSON Right end
CHARLIE NOONAN Tackle
BLAIR BINES Tackle
ALEX SILVESTRO Left end
DAMASO MUNOZ Linebacker
RYAN D’IMPERIO Linebacker
ANTONIO LOWERY Linebacker
BRANDON BING Cornerback
JOE LEFEGED Strong Safety
ZAIRE KITCHEN Free Safety
DEVIN McCOURTY Cornerback
Senior 6’-4”, 260 lbs
Junior 6’-2”, 270 lbs
Senior 6’-2”, 270 lbs
Junior 6’-4”, 260 lbs
Senior 6’-0”, 220 lbs
Seinior 6’-3”, 245 lbs
Junior 6’-2”, 225 lbs
Junior 5’-11”, 180 lbs
Junior 6’-1”, 205 lbs
Senior 6’-2”,215 lbs
Senior 5’-11”, 190 lbs
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
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Despite having all five starters return from last year’s PapaJohns.com Bowl victory, the starting offensive line for Cincinnati has yet to be decided. Junior Howard Barbieri and sophomore Caleb Ruch are in open competition for the start at left guard and will likely share playing time in the season opener.
Experienced line ready to anchor young offense BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
Their jerseys are not for sale throughout Rutgers Stadium. They don’t inspire cries of “R” or “U” with touchdowns or key third-down stops. But if the Rutgers football team is to succeed this season, the offensive line will be one of the main reasons. “The game star ts there, in the trenches,” said senior quar terback Dom Natale. “It’s nice to know they’re up there. With [Ryan] Blaszczyk and the others, the experience is up there.” Even though right tackle Kevin Haslam is the only other senior with Blaszczyk, the unit — also featuring two sophomores and a junior — is not lacking in experience. Haslam, Blaszczyk, junior Anthony Davis and sophomores Caleb Ruch and Art Forst started the final six games together last season. This year, head coach Greg Schiano has insisted on “six” star ters, with junior Howard Barbieri and Ruch each expected to play significant time at left guard. Regardless of who starts Monday, Blaszczyk said the group is comfortable with each other. “We’re very comfortable, regardless of who is out there,” Blaszczyk said. “We’re very replaceable and can move a lot of guys around. We’re very versatile.” Barbieri and Haslam are prime examples of the line’s versatility. Barbieri has played both guard and tackle on both sides of the ball and Haslam started at left guard and tackle before playing the final nine games at right tackle last season.
When the unit started its first game together against Pittsburgh last season, something clicked as the Scarlet Knights put up 54 points. Since then, the line has not changed and neither have the results — they have all been wins. “It helps a lot, to tell you the truth,” Haslam said of the unit’s comfort level. “When you play with people for a while, as long as we have, it makes everything easier … We know each other’s tendencies and strengths and weaknesses, so everything else just gels.” Trust along the line will be vital this season with a new quarterback at the helm. After four straight seasons with Mike Teel lining up under center, Blaszczyk will most likely be snapping the ball to Natale. And senior Jabu Lovelace. And true freshman Tom Savage. No matter who is under center, the quarterback has the line’s trust, Blaszczyk said. “We go about it the same way,” Blaszczyk said of the different quarterback options. “The
quarterback is the captain and the leader of the team, so whoever is back there has our trust. He’s the guy that is going to lead us to victory.” These words come from the man who really is one of the Knights’ captains. Not only that, but Blaszczyk is on the Rimington Trophy Watch List, an award given to the nation’s top center, and the anchor on what is regarded as the top offensive line in the Big East. Along with Blaszcyzk, Davis and Haslam are also tabbed for individual honors. Davis is a preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman, and the trio received preseason All-Big East honors. The unit recognizes the attention they are receiving but is more focused on improvement. “You hear it, but you try not to really listen to it,” Haslam said of the praise. “Ever ybody says their things and has their preseason rankings. I guess it’s nice to
hear, but you don’t really focus on that.” Instead, they respond to Schiano’s challenge to become more physical. “We weren’t an overall physical football team last year on the offensive side of the ball,” Schiano said. “We need to see that from these guys.” Against defending Big East champions Cincinnati, there is no better time for the line to start to show their increased toughness. Facing a defense that is rumored to have adopted a 3-4 style, the line could face at least two 300-pound Bearcat linemen. On top of that, Schiano expects a number of blitz packages against the Knights’ inexperienced quarterback. “It’s not easy to knock off a guy anchored down there, a big, strong guy,” Schiano said of the Bearcats’ defensive line. “We need to give movement on the offensive line to give our running backs a chance. Pass protection: We’re going to get hit with a plethora of blitzes — I would do
that if I were them. We better be ready for it.” The line has been getting itself ready for Cincinnati since last March, when the matchup was announced and spring practices began. “We’re trying to be a more physical team, like Coach said,” Blaszczyk said. “We just need to go out there every day and continue to be physical — we practice how we play.” In practice, the line has looked strong. Sophomore running backs Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek and true freshman De’Antwan “Rocket” Williams have constantly impressed during preseason scrimmages. Along with the line, the young but talented corps of running backs is expected to be a strength of Rutgers’ offense. Still, it starts with the line. “If we don’t stay on our blocks and finish our blocks then the running backs don’t have the holes that they need to make their cuts and gain yards,” Blaszczyk said. “And if we don’t hold our blocks, Dom doesn’t have time to pass the ball downfield, so it’s won and lost in the trenches.” With a unit that has been together for six of the seven games in the Knights’ winning streak, the line holds great responsibility in extending the team’s success. “I think our offensive line has a huge job ahead of it, not only this week, but all season,” Schiano said. “I’m confident with the six guys because I think they work incredibly hard. In the end, you still got to go do it. That’s really our whole stor y: We got to go out and do it.”
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Texas walk-on earns chance for early playing time BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The old adage that “everything is bigger in Texas” must include its tight ends. Standing at 6-foot-6, freshman tight end and walk-on Tony Trahan has used his combination of size,
hands and knowledge of the playbook to work his way from practice squad player to competitor for first team reps in just a handful of weeks The little depth at tight end with the departure of Kevin Brock has given the Coppell, Texas native ample opportuni-
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Freshman tight end and Texas native Tony Trahan chose to walk onto the Scarlet Knights over a scholarship offer at Vanderbilt.
ties at the position, and he has yet to disappoint. “Tony is a talented guy,” Greg Schiano said. “He has ver y good hands. He has a maturity about him, emotional maturity, that he handles this stuff ver y well. That gives him a head start. I think the young tight ends are all good players.” Trahan chose to walk on at Rutgers over a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt, primarily because of the family atmosphere created by Schiano and his staff. “I think it’s just Coach Schiano’s beliefs in us and our beliefs in him,” Trahan said. “These coaches have us set in the right direction. He hammers home family, and just getting to know these guys is really awesome to see how close-knit they are, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.” Coming from Coppell — a small, business-centered city with a population of 39,000 located northwest of Dallas — Trahan was raised in a religious household and said that religion motivated him to both play football and to come to Rutgers. “It’s just God’s plan for me,” he said. “I had a few opportunities, but I think I’m here for a reason and I’m completely blessed to be here and happy to be here.” For Trahan, just being a member of the Scarlet Knights is exciting enough. He was thrilled to sit at his new locker inside Rutgers Stadium wearing his shiny new No. 17 football jersey. “Hopefully it won’t always look this clean, if you know what I mean,” Trahan joked.
Moving from Texas to New Jersey is a significant transition for an 18-year-old about to start college, but it can have its advantages when dealing with the heat of training camp. “It’s like 86 degrees today and guys like AD [Anthony Davis] are like ‘It’s so hot, it’s so hot,’ but I’m just like, ‘Come on,’” Trahan said. And it is not like Trahan has to make the transition alone. Between his teammates, what he calls his new family, and a brief visit from his parents, the transition has gone smoothly.
“He has a maturity about him, emotional maturity, that he handles this stuff very well.” GREG SCHIANO Head Coach
“Shamar [Graves] and all of the other guys have just been unbelievable so far,” he said. “If you ask them anything, they’re right there with the answers and that’s great to have as a young guy because that playbook is way bigger than I thought it was. If you ask them something, they’ll tell you and if they don’t know, they’ll go get the answer for you. It’s awesome having that support.” To the veterans, Trahan has played well enough to earn himself a nickname: “Touchdown Texas T.”
“That’s my boy, Tony. Tony, Touchdown Texas T,” Graves said. “He’s a real good kid, a real good personality and works hard, always wants to learn and I’m always with him and tell him everything he needs to know and more. And I told him he’s got a real bright future here I think.” With freshman Malcolm Bush still learning and developing and freshman Paul Carrezola handling hamstring and back injuries, Trahan could find the field Monday alongside converted quarterback D.C. Jefferson. “I’m just trying to get bigger physically and just get stronger,” he said. “I also want to work on the mental aspect of the game, trying to get the playbook. I think that knowing plays and where to step, where to block, where to run your plays is the most important thing I can do.” After playing quarterback as a junior in high school, Trahan switched to tight end his senior year, pulling in 230 yards and two touchdowns. He is a two-star recruit on Rivals.com, but is ranked as one of the top tight ends in the state of Texas. “It’s unbelievably exciting for me,” he said. “Being here right now, the facilities are becoming unbelievable. We have the new recruiting lounge. Just meeting Mr. Pernetti, you can see that he just has unbelievable plans for Rutgers to make ever ything bigger … I think he brings a whole new level of excitement.” — This article originally appeared on TargumBlog at dailytargum.com
Outside linebacker battle likely to last beyond week one BY JOSH GLATT STAFF WRITER
Despite the majority of the focus in training camp on the quarterbacks, there is another heated position battle of note. The competition between junior Antonio Lowery and sophomore Manny Abreu at weakside linebacker is still too close to call. Following the second scrimmage, head coach Greg Schiano made it clear that neither has seized the job. “I think they kind of did the same a c t u a l l y, ” Schiano said of their per formance
in the second scrimmage. “If one of them would’ve really run out of it — not that they played poorly, they didn’t — but neither one just grabbed it and pulled away with it. So right now, they’d both play.” Prior to the third scrimmage, Schiano reiterated that both were performing well, yet neither had separated himself. “I think those two guys both deser ve to play and they’re both m a k i n g plays,” he said. “You know my gut: I don’t like to rotate linebackers. I think they need to see it, but these two guys have both played in games. Manny’s played a lot in games. So it’s not like he’s never done it. We’ll see.” The players themselves also recognize just how close their level of play has been. “It’s neck and neck right now,” Lowery said. “When I say neck and neck, I mean the skin of the teeth.” Lowery takes the position battle as a means for improvement rather than a reason for animosity. “It’s a good thing because it keeps me on the edge, making sure I’m always watching film and studying,” Lowery said. “The big thing for
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Junior outside linebacker Antonio Lowery (50) had 16 tackles last season in a reserve and special teams role. He saw playing time in all 13 games for the Scarlet Knights. me about the competition is when I make a mistake; I know what my mistake is. So that’s real big.” Abreu takes the same attitude as Lowery with regards to the competition. “We are both good players and we help each other out,” Abreu said. “We’re always there competing. It’s actually good to have someone in front of me or if I’m in front of him.
We are always fighting, battling for the position.” While both vie for the starting job, they are still willing to help one another on and off the field. “We sit next to each other in the meeting room,” Lowery said. “If I don’t know something I ask him, if he doesn’t know something, he asks me.” Both players are thankful that their position battle has not
provoked the same level of attention as the publicized quarterback battle. “I would hate to be a quarterback right now,” Lowery said. “As of right now, I’m just thankful that I know everything and I can relax.” — This ar ticle originally appeared on TargumBlog at dailytargum.com
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Targum’s Sports Editor Matthew Stein chats with the senior linebacker about interceptions, playing Madden, starring in movie love scenes with Alicia Keys and his pregame rituals ...
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Despite the Rutgers defense holding Cincinnati to just 13 points last season, the Scarlet Knights failed to put together any offense and lost their third straight game to the Bearcats.
RU, Cincy rivalry underrated
t’s been underplayed by both Rutgers and Cincinnati all week. Neither player nor head coach wants to openly say how important this game is for either club. Well, it is. There is no way around it — this is the reigning conference champion against a team considered among the favorites to win the Big East. This is a nationally televised game, on Labor Day, against a pretty big conference rival. The newlyexpanded stadium will be open, the fans will be raucous and both teams have legitimate reasons to think they can win the Big East. Simply put, this is the most important game for the Scarlet Knights, until the last game of the year at home against West Virginia. Even though they know how riled up they are and how ridiculous the atmosphere at this game is going to be, it’s too bad the players and coaches won’t say anything other than “It’s another game on a 12-game schedule” or “We treat every game the same.” Maybe, but a little added fuel to the fire wouldn’t hurt. “The Big East is such a tight conference that every game is just so important,” junior defensive tackle Charlie Noonan said. “They’ve had our number the last couple of years, even in 2006 when I was a redshirt. I wouldn’t call it a rivalry, but I don’t know what it is.” That is the closest any player or coach has come to offering public emotion about the opener. Come on. It is a rivalry! This is Cincinnati! This is the team that ended the Knights’ undefeated season in 2006 and effectively cost head coach Greg Schiano’s team a trip to a Bowl Championship Series Bowl. This is the team that did the same in 2008, winning a three-point game (also the last time Rutgers has lost a game) that cost RU a one-conference-loss season and a trip to a BCS Bowl, and put the Knights at 1-5 on the season. Sandwiched in between those two crushing losses was a 2007 loss at Rutgers Stadium. After the game, then-Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk stood at the big red “R” at the center of the field and mocked the “chop,” the most recognizable symbol of the remarkable 2006 run. Quarterback Tom Savage is a guy that knows the history between
Mind of Stein MATTHEW STEIN the clubs — and should be an excited freshman — as he is on the roster for the first time against a conference rival. Yet this is all we get. “Being around here I know how big of a deal the game with Cincinnati is,” he said. “I’m just excited to go out there and watch them play and do whatever I can do to help the team.” Think of the current situation with Cincinnati in terms of Louisville circa 2006. The Cardinals had RU’s number and were the better team for a few years, until that prime time Thursday night showdown in Piscataway that introduced the world to RU football. Clearly, this game is nowhere near that level, but still. Nobody wants to go out and crush them? Make a statement that despite losing their entire passing offense, other teams in
the Big East should be wary of Rutgers? Regardless, Monday’s game has all the signs of being a classic conference struggle. Both Schiano and Bearcats head coach Brian Kelly have done excellent jobs of keeping their new schemes and starters under wraps. Cincinnati does not know who the Knights are going to start at quarterback, and RU doesn’t know how Cincy’s new 34 defense will shape up with 10 new starters. Cincinnati’s strength is its offense, and the Knights’ strength is its defense. Cincinnati’s defense is a mystery — and how RU will perform with new wideouts and quarterbacks is just as much of one. All that does is add more mystique to a game that is already full of storylines. If the Knights want to play it off like it’s just another game, so be it. But it’s not. It’s Cincinnati. And this game is absolutely huge. — Matthew Stein accepts comments and criticisms at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Stein: As a defensive player, which is the better feeling, when you get a sack or an interception? Damaso Munoz: Interception. I like to have the ball in my hands. If I can get any opportunity to get the ball in my hands, I’m going to try and score. An interception is always better than a sack. MS: What’s one thing about you we would not know? DM: I like to play Madden. If anybody wants to challenge me you can come check me out. I play as the Chargers. MS: What’s your favorite place to be on campus? DM: I’m a home guy; I like to be at home, either playing a game or chilling with my teammates. I like to chill out at the Douglass Campus Center, the Douglass cafeteria. MS: If you were in a movie, what would it be about? DM: I would like to play in a romance and have a love scene with Alicia Keys. Fallin’. MS: What’s your least favorite part of training camp? DM: I would have to say the conditioning. Just the gassers at the end of practice. MS: Are there any training camp traditions? DM: Every year we always carry a tradition at the end of camp and throw all the strength coaches in the tubs. We all have fun doing that. Sometimes they already know it’s coming and they just go in. We like to forcefully throw them in the tubs. MS: Do you have any pregame rituals? DM: I say my prayers before every game. I always tie a double knot in my right shoe. MS: Who can eat the most on the defensive side of the ball? DM: Antonio Lowery. I don’t know why, he just eats. I don’t even know where he puts it, but he can just eat. MS: What’s your favorite late night food? DM: It’s always a fat sandwich from the Grease Trucks — the Fat Beach. MS: Who were your football idols growing up? DM: Sean Taylor, R.I.P. I always watched him growing up in Miami. I wanted to be like him, play like him. If I could play another position it would be safety. MS: Who is the most fun to watch in the weight room? DM: Coach [Jeremy] Cole. He’s passionate about what he does, and he always gets us right. He’s one of our best strength coaches; I love watching him. Some times when we are lifting he comes in and lifts with us. It’s a sight to see him in the weight room.
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Head coach Greg Schiano has lost the last three games to Cincinnati, including a 2006 road loss that ended an undefeated season.
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WELCOM BY STEVEN MILLER Correspondent The trademark “R” has not adorned the south end zone hill at Rutgers Stadium for two years now, but at last the makeshift bleachers, dirt and construction equipment are gone. When the Rutgers football team opens against Cincinnati Monday, the $102 million stadium expansion project will be complete and for the first time in Scarlet Knights history, 52,454 people can say, ‘I was there.’ “I’ve been around for a while now and I kind of got used to it now that the ‘R’ has not been there since they started the expansion” senior right tackle Kevin Haslam said. “But now it’s nice to see it all finished up.” The south end zone now features 11,412 new seats, a new scoreboard, sound system, restrooms and concession stands. Although the new entrance is not complete, it is functional. Standing 38 feet high and spreading 114 feet across, the
scoreboard an board will b to miss. But the aspec most excited i closed stadium “I think the n be the biggest d coach Greg “When you have stadium, the through the op there’s nowhere will keep rattl there, which is a Not only will increase, but i from the Rive where the stu and University be located. “It’s going to see, seeing the in that new se linebacker Da said. “It’s go packed house, lot of energy an to use it to our The noise exp already entere head coach mind, who said
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nd HD video with artificial noise during be impossible the week. “You hope that your body of ct that has RU work and the experience you is that it is a have has prepared you for venues that clearly are loud and . noise is going to boisterous,” Kelly said. Previously, the record crowd ifference,” head Schiano said. at Rutgers Stadium was 44,267 e an open-ended — set in 2007 when No. 2 noise escapes South Florida traveled to pen end. Now Piscataway. But with the e for it to go; it Athletic Department expecting ling around in a sellout, that record will easily be broken. a positive.” the noise level “I guess student tickets went t will emanate on sale and in one day they er Road stand, were all gone,” Schiano said. udent section “That to me is a long way from band will now where we were when we got here nine years ago. I think o be a sight to that’s the biggest thing.” e student body With a $5 million recruiting ection,” senior lounge still to be added on the amaso Munoz mezzanine level, Schiano’s oing to be a vision is still a work in progress, going to be a but the added seating and nd we are going enclosed stadium is a key step. Asked what he expects of the advantage.” pectations have Labor Day opener, Munoz said, ed Cincinnati “A good experience, a college Brian Kelly’s experience, and that’s the way d he practiced it’s supposed to be.” HELLMAN AND ANDREW HOWARD
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T HIS W EEK ’S FOOTBALL A CTION TA R GUM S P O R TS S TA FF Cincinnati at RUTGERS No. 5 Alabama at No. 7 Virginia Tech Minnesota at Syracuse No. 13 Georgia at No. 9 Oklahoma State Miami at No. 18 Florida State Cincinnati at RUTGERS No. 5 Alabama at No. 7 Virginia Tech Minnesota at Syracuse No. 13 Georgia at No. 9 Oklahoma State Miami at No. 18 Florida State
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WR S U S P O R TS S TA FF Cincinnati at RUTGERS No. 5 Alabama at No. 7 Virginia Tech Minnesota at Syracuse No. 13 Georgia at No. 9 Oklahoma State Miami at No. 18 Florida State Cincinnati at RUTGERS No. 5 Alabama at No. 7 Virginia Tech Minnesota at Syracuse No. 13 Georgia at No. 9 Oklahoma State Miami at No. 18 Florida State
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Rutgers needs a Big East title hen the Big East added Louisville, Connecticut and South Florida to the football conference in 2005, many expected the newcomers to struggle. But so far, two out of the three teams have won at least a share of the conference title within their first four seasons of play. Rutgers is still in search of its first Big East Championship and is the only original league member without one. Recently, the Scarlet Knights program has been built from scratch and brought to respectability due to head coach Greg Schiano. When Schiano took over at the end of 2000, media and fans thought the coach was a little ahead of himself when he talked about winning championships during his first press conference. But Schiano has brought in solid recruits, helped fill Rutgers Stadium and given fans the best season in school history in 2006. But now with the program consistently hovering around the top 25, four straight bowl appearances and improved recruiting, the pressure is on for Rutgers to win the conference. With the rest of the conference struggling for talent in 2009, this may be the best time for Rutgers to earn its first ever Bowl Championship Series berth. Rutgers will open with defending champion Cincinnati at the newly expanded Rutgers Stadium. A win against the Bearcats puts the Knights atop the pack immediately and sets the stage for Rutgers to make a run for the title. Rutgers has most of its big
Brian Kelly said that not much has changed philosophically. “We still want to play fast,” Kelly said. “One of the things we’ve down well over the last couple of years is we haven’t let the ball get over our head. We’ve really done a nice job of not giving up the big play. So philosophically we’ll continue to do that — keep the ball in front of us and play as fast as we can. The Xs and Os stuff is, I think, a lot of times overrated.” The trouble for the Rutgers offense is that the two defensive looks are extremely different and the Scarlet Knights have to spend time preparing for either approach. “It takes a little more concentration, but the coaches are doing a great job of preparing us,” said senior quarterback Dom Natale. “Our preparation will make sure we’re ready to go.”
In this week’s edition of the Dane Truxell Football 101, the sports staff takes an in-depth look at the differences between the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Because Cincinnati has some mystery at what the front seven will look like come kickoff, let us take a look at the difference between the two defensive styles. The difference between the two styles is simple. The 4-3 defense includes four down linemen — two ends and two tackles. The 3-4 only has three — two ends and one nose tackle. In the 3-4, the defense adds a fourth linebacker that tends to be a hybrid between a linebacker and pass rusher. A player such as Adalius Thomas on the Baltimore Ravens is a great example of this. All signs point to Cincinnati, who changed defensive coordinators over the offseason, moving to a 3-4 defense, but head coach
Scarlet Pulse ADAM HELFGOTT games at home this season, hosting Pittsburgh, South Florida and West Virginia on the Banks. The lone tough road test for Schiano’s team should come on Halloween, when Rutgers travels to face UConn. Bowl trips to Arizona and Texas were great starts for the football program, but the Knights have seen two newcomers to the league beat them out for titles ever since 2006, when Louisville beat out RU and West Virginia. Schiano talked about championships from week one at Rutgers and, although he may have sounded crazy at first, he does not sound unwise anymore. University fans enjoy winning seasons and bowl trips, but a true measurement of where the program is should be found by seeing if fans start to grow impatient without a conference title. The coaching staff, players, media and fans have all started to expect winning seasons from the program. But not having a championship is the lone obstacle keeping from Rutgers taking that next step up the college football ladder. The team will need a manager behind center this year and whether it is senior Dom Natale or true freshman Tom Savage, the quarterback will have to be
smart and run a consistent offense. The sophomore duo of Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks has to step up once again and carr y the ball for the Knights. If the two running backs can break some long runs and score inside the red zone then the offense should be able to put up points. The defense will be the anchor to success headed by the line-backing corps. The secondary and defensive line has to prove itself early and force turnovers in order to win games. Last season, Rutgers didn’t force a turnover against a bowl subdivision team until homecoming against UConn. Game one will show everyone where this program stands and whether or not that leap can be made to the next level in 2009. The rise to respectability has been enjoyable to watch and has given many fans hope for the program. But accepting mediocrity has been a problem in Rutgers sports. Accepting mediocrity cannot happen to the football program. In 2006 Rutgers was one dropped pass away from the Orange Bowl. In 2007 it was not taking care of business at home. Last season it was the brutal start to the campaign that cost the Knights a shot at the conference title. Rutgers will need the chopping mentality in 2009. They’ll need to pack a lunch every day and show ever yone that they stand atop the Big East. South Florida and Rutgers are the only two teams to not have won the Big East; Rutgers must do it first
A good majority of football fans and players sit in front of the TV and spend countless hours playing Madden and NCAA Football. So why not let the game speak for itself? The Daily Targum’s Matthew Stein and Sam Hellman will simulate each game after making the necessary roster updates for each week — but first, we simulated the entire season to see how it might play out. The verdict? The 2009 season seems pretty familiar to the two before it. The two-deep for the season was set as is for week one, with left guard Caleb Ruch, quarterback Dom Natale, running back Joe Martinek, defensive tackle Blair Bines and linebacker Antonio Lowery getting the starting nods at their respective positions. THE SIMULATED SEASON began inauspiciously enough with a Labor Day loss to the Bearcats — again by a close 2013 margin. Rutgers rebounded against Howard but then fell, stunningly, by nine points to FIU. From there, shades of last season returned. The Knights racked off five straight wins to improve their record to 6-2, though they remained outside the top 25 rankings. Maryland, which finished 9-3, fell by seven to Rutgers, and Pittsburgh, which finished the season ranked No. 17, took a nasty 41-14 spanking. But RU lost three of their final four and finished the season just 7-5, going, again, to the International Bowl. USF and Louisville both won with one-point wins. When West Virginia came to town to finish the season, already 10-1 and ranked in the top 10, it was more of the same. The final score read 30-11, and the Knights trudged into Toronto to take on Bowling Green. The International Bowl was a joke and Rutgers took a 42-6 decision behind five touchdowns from Natale. After the season, D.C. Jefferson transferred to
Marshall and after being unable to take more carries from Martinek, Jourdan Brooks elected to don a Miami (Oh.) uniform. Anthony Davis, for reasons unbeknownst to all, decided to return to Piscataway for his senior season. Texas won the National Championship with a 10-point win over Florida. Despite the final results, Natale impressed at quarterback while taking most of the snaps under center. The senior completed 52 percent of his passes for 2,337 yards and 24 touchdowns — only nine interceptions — in having one of the best seasons for a quarterback in school history. Tom Savage was average at best, completing 38 percent of passes and tossing four touchdowns to three interceptions. Martinek paced RU in rushing with 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns on 311 carries, while Brooks racked up 448 yards and two touchdowns on 104 carries. Mohamed Sanu outreceived Tim Brown, 818 yards and 5 touchdowns to 580 yards and 7 touchdowns, but Graves led RU with eight scores. AGAINST CINCINNATI IN THE opener, Natale and Savage both struggled and Natale’s first interception was returned for a touchdown to open the game’s scoring. Tony Pike threw his lone touchdown pass for 24 yards in the second quarter and the Bearcats held a 20-3 advantage after three. Martinek scored from three yards out and San San Te chipped in two field goals for RU’s only offense. RU actually totaled nearly 90 more yards of offense and more than doubled Cincinnati’s total on the ground, where Martinek broke the century mark with 104 yards. The Rutgers defense did a nice job containing Pike and Mardy Gilyard, who only had four catches for 34 yards and was held out of the end zone. Pike was 15-of-34 for 148 yards with two interceptions.
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Natale feels ready to run Rutgers offense in opener BY SAM HELLMAN
happy with it. We got a lot of reps in and did well.” Although the continued sucWhen Dom Natale transferred cess of Teel during his time at to the Rutgers football team from Rutgers kept Natale on the Michigan State in 2006, he knew bench, he said that his time he had a long road to travel. under Teel completely changed Between a year on the bench him for the better. Natale learned via NCAA transfer regulations, a a lot from the now Seattle year on the bench via injury in Seahawk backup and he tries to spring camp and a year primarily apply Teel’s tendencies to his on the bench watching Mike Teel own game. turn his senior season from “The biggest thing I probably tragedy to triumph, it seemed took from Mike is just the way that Natale would never get a he handled things, the good and meaningful college snap. the bad,” Natale said. “He was But then Teel graduated to the always just in there in full speed NFL and everything changed. and got through a bunch of All of a sudden, Natale, a fifth things. … You have to perform year senior, was the No. 1 option to be able to lead, so every rep at quarterback. reinforces that.” “He’s going to be a great quarAnother advantage for terback for this Natale receiving team,” said senior so many reps at wide receiver Tim “Dom’s very mature. q u a r t e r b a c k Brown. “Dom’s a between the Dom’s a guy that we star t of spring good quarterback and if he keeps can definitely trust and now is the doing what he’s confidence and doing, he can be on and off the field.” tr ust that he’s a starter for built between JACK CORCORAN this team.” his of fense Senior fullback Although he and himself. has not been “Dom’s ver y named the starter mature,” said senfor Monday, Natale appears poised ior fullback and two-year starter to run the offense after seeing the Jack Corcoran. “Dom’s a guy most work with the first team in that we can definitely trust on both spring and summer camp. To and off the field, so I’m personNatale, it doesn’t matter if he ally very confident in him.” starts or not, because he plans to Head coach prepare as a starter no matter Greg Schiano what. Just taking the field with the has praised opportunity to start is enough for Natale for the Hun School product. his “pres“I’ve been excited about ence” and this since the spring,” Natale said that said. “I love the game, I love h e ’ s to play and I’ll be excited out improved there on Monday with whatsignifiever my role is.” cantly Natale added that the since the increased repetitions have spring. vastly helped him improve “He defhis game and get a better initely has hold on the offense. the com“I’d definitely say it mand of our was just an overall of fense,” Schiano improvement,” he said. “I think there’s said. “There’s a lot a confidence level of reps so it’s just there with our experience. That players. I think was the biggest there’s going to thing I was be a mix of the looking forthree. I don’t ward to know what the gainpercentages are, ing. but we’ll see.” I’m Schiano has decided on who he wants to start the game, but has yet to inform the players of his decision and will not ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Fifth year senior quarterback Dom Natale spent the entire spring and summer working with the first team offense and will likely start against Cincinnati. Natale, a transfer from Michigan State, missed all of the 2006 and 2007 seasons because of NCAA transfer regulations and injuries. inform the public to keep Cincinnati in the dark. “I’m just not making it public yet,” Schiano said. “We know. I think we have a pretty good idea of what the plan is going to be. How it unfolds in the game is different. I think some of that will be determined on how it goes.” The other two options for Schiano to turn to at quarterback are senior Jabu Lovelace and true freshman Tom Savage. All three will potentially see the field Monday, but in different uses. Lovelace has ser ved as a change-of-pace quarterback in the past, running a Wildcat style
offense for a few plays while Teel sat on the sidelines, and with his return from injury should come the return of “the Jabu package.” “Jabu is a very athletic, very good with the ball in his hands, running the ball — [he] has shown that over time,” Schiano said. Savage attended 14 of the Knights’ 15 spring practices, but did not see the field until the start of training camp. Since then, he has exploded from fifth on the depth chart to potential starter. “It’s been cool to watch,” Natale said. “The kid had a cool head, he’s calm and relaxed. They snapped the ball over his
head one day and he just picked it up and kept going. He’s got a lot of composure and I think he’ll come along as time comes.” What impresses Natale about Savage is how truly unlike a freshman the 19-year-old from Cardinal O’Hara (Pa.) looks on the gridiron. “He’s meeting his expectations right now,” Natale said. “He was here in the spring so it’s not like he walked into the playbook blind. He makes a couple of freshman mistakes ever y once in a while, but he makes fewer than you’d expect a freshman to make.”
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Schedule sets up Knights for strong run to bowl BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
When defending Big East champions Cincinnati come to Piscataway, either Rutgers or the Bearcats get a jumpstart on the conference competition. Still, there will be no looking ahead for the Scarlet Knights, as head coach Greg Schiano said their focus is solely on Cincinnati. “It’s 12 one-game seasons,” Schiano said. “If you do well enough, you have thirteen.” But that does not stop The Daily Targum from taking a look at how the season could pan out and some of the newcomers in the starting squad. The perfect letdown — After preparing to open against conference rival Cincinnati for six months, the following game would be the perfect time for a letdown — except it is Howard that travels to Rutgers Stadium. The next two opponents, Howard and Florida International, were a combined 617 last season, and after a road trip to Maryland, the Knights take on Texas Southern. Both Howard and Texas Southern are in the Football Championship Subdivision, previously known as 1-AA. Senior quarterback Dom Natale is expected to start under center after the departure of Mike Teel, but expect to see a lot of heralded true freshman Tom Savage in these ugly games. Primetime Fridays — The Knights play back-to-back nationally televised Friday night games
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Senior cornerback and team captain Devin McCourty returns this season to anchor a defensive unit that returns six starters and includes two team captains for the 2009 campaign. in October, hosting Pittsburgh before traveling to face Army. Rutgers took down the Panthers 54-34 at Heinz Field last season as now-senior wideout Tim Brown scored two touchdowns. Having the Big East opponents at home should only help the Knights, who could potentially be without a loss when they head home from West Point. Big East road games — Rutgers’ Big East road games
are against Connecticut, Syracuse and Louisville, with the Halloween matchup with the Huskies appearing to be the toughest road test, though the RU defensive front must be salivating with the prospects of hitting Syracuse quar terback Greg Paulus. Junior Charlie Noonan, this spring’s Most Improved Defensive Player, will start in the middle with either senior Blair Bines or redshirt freshman Scott
Vallone, while sophomore Eric LeGrand and junior Jonathan Freeny will also see time in a rotating line. Home competition — After Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, RU’s biggest challenges should come in the form South Florida and West Virginia. Departed cornerback Jason McCourty recorded his first career interception against USF’s Matt Grothe last season and jun-
ior Brandon Bing will look to have similar success starting in his place. While that position battle has been decided, there is an ongoing competition at linebacker between sophomore Manny Abreu, who started seven games last season, and junior Antonio Lowery. A starter has yet to be announced not because neither has impressed but because both have shown enough to warrant significant playing time. “You know what, if it’s close and they both can help, then we’ll do that,” Schiano said. In the final game of the regular season, the Knights will look to earn their first win against West Virginia under Schiano. While Mountaineers’ running back Noel Devine could cause problems, Rutgers will boast a strong run game of their own. Senior fullback Jack Corcoran’s partner in the backfield remains a question mark, although it is expected to be some combination of sophomores Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek and true freshman De’Antwan “Rocket” Williams. The fact that neither Brooks nor Martinek established themselves as the No. 1 tailback during camp is not necessarily a bad thing — they are both that good. “These two are strong backs, they can take it. But I think they can game and egg it,” Schiano said of his desire to have a workhorse back. That Rutgers faces their four toughest opponents at their newly expanded home will only benefit the team, making it very possible RU could win their first Big East title.
Five teams will vie for title in wide open Big East BY MATTHEW STEIN SPORTS EDITOR
There is not a big-six conference in the country that gets as little respect as the Big East. Not a single team is ranked in the top 25 in the AP or USA Today polls, despite Cincinnati returning one of the more explosive offenses in the country after reaching the Orange Bowl, West Virginia bringing back a lot of the talent that ended the year ranked in the top 25 and Rutgers and Pittsburgh both finishing last year’s final poll receiving top-25 votes. Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia, Cincinnati and South Florida all earned votes in the preseason AP top 25 poll and USA Today coaches poll, putting all five teams on the cusp of national respect with a couple of key wins in September. What makes it harder to rank any of the Big East teams is how wide open the conference is. What makes any one of the top five teams better than the other? It is all a matter of opinion, and that is hard to judge considering the question marks on ever y team. Here is a closer look at the other seven Big East clubs: Cincinnati: The Bearcats return most of their offense, and that could prove dangerous to opponents. Tony Pike is perhaps the best quarterback in the conference, All-Big East wideout Mardy Gilyard is Pike’s most dangerous weapon, and head coach Brian Kelly surprised many by sticking with Cincinnati despite offers from more prestigious foot-
ball programs. The issues for the Bearcats lie on defense, where a brand new coordinator is breaking in a brand new defense with 10 brand new starters. The bottom line: Cincinnati is still one of the premier programs in the Big East, and any time you have a coach like Kelly and a quarterback/receiver combination like Pike/Gilyard, they will compete for the conference crown. Connecticut: Ever y year, Connecticut pulls off a key upset and seems on the verge of contending but one frustrating loss spells the end. Last season, UConn was 5-0 before dropping consecutive games at UNC and Rutgers before tailing off at the end of the season. Two years ago, it was a one-point loss to Virginia. The bottom line: Linebacker Scott Lutrus is a strong player and he will anchor a defense that sent four players to the NFL last season, but the Huskies are still one step shy of competing with the Big East’s best. Louisville: If the Cardinals do not rebound to a more respectable record this season, head coach Steve Kragthorpe is probably out. As it is, fans are longing for the days when Bobby Petrino roamed the sidelines and Brian Brohm was leading the offense to BCS berths. Now, the Cardinals will rely on youth and unproven talent to rectify a defense that allowed 30 points and 369 yards per game in 2008. The bottom line: Louisville better gain some confidence before they head out to No. 19 Utah for
their third game, otherwise they will miss a Bowl game for a third straight season. Pittsburgh: The Panthers have the talent to win the Big East year after year, but for some reason their quarterback never pans out or their stout defense lets up too many points in critical games. With LeSean McCoy now in the NFL, Pittsburgh’s immense talent and Dave Wannstedt’s coaching ability will really be put to the test. The bottom line: It is always hard to say how Pittsburgh will end up, but in playing the trends a second or third-place finish in the conference seems about right, sending the Panthers to another mediocre Bowl game when they should be playing for more.
right away with the incumbent talent. But in order to improve in the future, Syracuse needed national recognition, and they got it with the Greg Paulus at quarterback showcase. Who knows how good he can be after not getting hit in five years, but it really does not matter. The bottom line: If nothing else, Paulus brings much-needed excitement to the Carrier Dome and will try to make Syracuse relevant for the first time since Donovan McNabb played. They will not win much in the Big East. West Virginia: Do not count out the Mountaineers because
Pat White is now in the NFL. New quarterback Jarrett Brown has talent and should be fine running Bill Stewart’s wide-open attack. Speedy running back Noel Devine is in the spotlight to pace that offense, and the defense is sort of a question mark. The bottom line: The pressure is once again on the Mountaineers to represent the conference in the BCS because they are the most marketable program in the Big East. Stewart’s critics will certainly be chirping until they see results, which will only come if Brown and Devine display their true capabilities.
South Florida: Matt Grothe and George Selvie return to anchor the offense and defense, respectively, for a group that continually falls short expectations. Each year, USF gets off to a great start and pulls off exciting upsets, including wins over Auburn, Kansas and West Virginia. Yet the end result is never there, tailing off in conference play. The bottom line: More of the same is coming for the Bulls. Grothe will lead a potent attack, Selvie will anchor a solid defense and all signs will point to an excellent Big East finish – until they inevitably falter in November. Syracuse: The biggest thing for new head coach Doug Marrone was not to win, because it is a far-fetched idea for the Orange to win games
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West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown will face the tall task of replacing Mountaineer legend Pat White under center.
Beasts of the East BAD BLOOD
TAKING THE REIGNS
Cincinnati has virtually eliminated Rutgers from a BCS berth two of the past three seasons in what has become a truly underrated and emotional rivalry. pg. G5
Fifth-year senior Dom Natale headlines a trio of quarterbacks ready to replace Rutgers legend Mike Teel at the helm of the 2009 Scarlet Knights. pg. G10
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