Conference affiliation, more recruits keys for NJIT

Kyle Whelliston checked out the home of one of D-I's newest teams and hopes that NJIT's future is as bright as its gym's walls.

Originally Published: December 6, 2006
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- Central Avenue is truly a desolation row. Flickering streetlights dimly illuminate shuttered businesses and shattered glass from smashed car windows. The wind whips empty coffee cups and tabloid newspaper pages down the sidewalks, and a thin coat of greasy grime seems to coat everything. It's a scene that perpetuates all the negative historical images of the long-suffering city that lies in New York's long shadow.

But turn the corner and venture down a short alleyway, and it's ...

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