- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.:
MAYBE A NEW FORMAT: The Big East is considering scrapping its two-division format and putting all 14 schools together to keep traditional rivalries alive. Currently, Big East teams play each team in their division twice home and away and four crossover opponents from the other division. This year the Hoyas do not play No.23 Connecticut, Boston College or Villanova three quality opponents from the East Division. By changing the format, every Big East team would meet at least once which would translate into 13 conference games and then play three teams twice to round out a 16-game conference schedule.
FROM HARDWOOD TO GRIDIRON: Former Rutgers standout Rashod Kent, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound wide body, is pursuing a professional football career with the Houston Texans as a tight end. Apparently, Texans GM Charlie Casserly likes Kent who is big with good hands. Kent, a second team All-Big East basketball selection last season, was a dominating presence in the paint. A four-year starter, Kent averaged 10.5 points and 10.2 rebounds last season. Kent finished his career as the Scarlet Knights' fourth all-time rebounder (910) and second all-time steals leader (189).
NOT CLOSING THE DEAL: Dating to last season, the Hoyas have lost 20 games by a total of 116 points. That breaks down to losing by an average of 5.8 points. Let's not forget the Hoyas' abysmal overtime record the past two seasons: 1-6.
Ken Wright



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