They've done it all and have nothing left to prove, except to coach the next group of talented debaters like them.
In the CEDA contest, they won decisively among the nine judges, 8-1, to defeat top-seeded University of Missouri-Kansas in the finals.
At NDT, the win was also decisive against Georgetown University, which had beaten them in a preliminary round, 2-1.
"We always felt we could have success at those tournaments last season," said Murphy. When they advanced to the single-elimination rounds of both tourneys as a fourth seed, kind of like the NCAA basketball tournament, Murphy and Nave were on their game.
They won five straight debates in both competitions to win the titles.
"Such remains have been found on a portion of the site that had been occupied by a church until it closed in 1940; the building was demolished 65 years ago," a statement from Rutgers said Monday.
The Halsey Street Methodist Episcopal Church, which housed a congregation that moved and merged over the years, once occupied the lot, according to Rutgers.In their quest for those crowns, the veteran debaters defeated close to 100 of the country's top teams in the CEDA tournament at Johnson County Community College and besting 78 teams at the 71st NDT championship, both held in March in Kansas.This is a big deal for a debate program that was started in 2008."We were kind of chomping at the bit,'' said Rutgers debate coach Chris Kozak, speaking of the CEDA competition. It was something that I believed they could accomplish." The students did, too.In fact, Murphy and Nave, who are public administration majors, said they carried a chip on their shoulders from last year's CEDA and NDT tournaments. The duo rolled through the preliminary round with a 7-1 record at the CEDA tournament and a 6-2 record at NDT."For too long, Newark has been the victim of an outrageously false narrative that says our schools are failing and our graduates are not qualified.