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December 24, 2012
Bowl week has begun as Rutgers arrived in Orlando yesterday to continue its preparations for its Friday evening contest against Virginia Tech. There is also plenty going on in the world of RU basketball and The Monday Morning Kickoff gets you ready for a new week in the scarlet nation.
A view from the gridiron (Rutgers Football)
Rutgers arrived in Orlando yesterday and started some of its weekly extracurricular activities last night with a shopping spree at Best Buy. Today, the Scarlet Knights will take the practice field at Dr. Phillips High School with a start time of noon.
"I don't know that we're any tighter or any looser than we were during the season," head coach Kyle Flood said yesterday. "I feel like right now they are an excited team. They are a little bubbly right now because the bowl trip has just started."
Later on today, the team will venture out to Disney World.
"I'm looking forward to Disney World," said senior wide receiver Tim Wright. "I went there when I was seven, but being able to come back here and experience it again as an older man is definitely going to be fun. Just being here with the seniors, the guys, these are our last moments together so we just want to make memories and have a good time."
For Wright and sixteen other seniors, Friday's bowl game will mark the last game of their Rutgers career. For some of those seniors, their careers will continue next year in the NFL.
However, it is not difficult to keep from looking ahead according to senior linebacker Khaseem Greene.
"It's not tough," Greene said. "I learned a great deal about what can happen when you look ahead. Right now, I'm just focused on the here and now."
Fellow senior linebacker Steve Beauharnais had a different take.
"It is really tough. That's on my mind," Beauharnais said. "But right now I'm on a business trip. What I like to do is set short-term goals. Right now, the goal is to beat Virginia Tech."
Stay tuned for practice updates and more from Orlando as bowl week continues for Rutgers.
The take from center court (Rutgers Basketball)
Win No.2 came for RU interim head coach David Cox as the Scarlet Knights bested Howard Friday night by a final of 79-55.
"They seem a little relaxed out there. They're trusting one another a little bit more, so that they're getting off the ball," Cox said. Again, earlier in the year, we were pigs .We were all trying to make a play. Now, we're trusting the play and we're trusting one another and really sharing the game. When that happens, it's usually contagious."
The win moved Rutgers to 8-2 with one more game to play under Cox. Mike Rice will return from his three-game suspension when Rutgers travels to Syracuse on Jan 2nd.
Before that, Rutgers will close out its out-of-conference schedule on Friday with an afternoon contest against Rider with tip-off set for 3 p.m. inside The RAC.