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Knight Caps: Even more & better stuff to learn about Rutgers

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I guarantee that this is the only place on the Internet called Knight Caps where you will find the following information. True statement! And we have some good stuff to talk about.

Why the Heisman, you ask?  You'll have to read on
Why the Heisman, you ask? You'll have to read on
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Let's kick off the week with....

Women's Soccer

With the win against MSU and the double OT tie vs. Michigan, the women moved up two spots in the coaches' poll.  They are in all the polls and have appeared in every one since the start of the season.

Rutgers in the Rankings – 2015

Date

NSCAA

SA

TDS

NCAA RPI

Preseason

24

NR

22

N/A

Week 1

24

NR

21

N/A

Week 2

22

23

18

N/A

Week 3

19

20

13

N/A

Week 4

15

16

13

N/A

Week 5

11

16

10

2

Week 6

25

25

17

9

Week 7

23

22

14

6

Swimming & Diving...and a Big Ten Honor!!

It's only one meet into the season, but the women are ranked in the top 20.

In addition, senior Joanna Wu was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, it was announced Wednesday by the conference. Wu secured two first-place finishes at the Florida Gulf Coast University Classic, this past weekend, producing NCAA B qualifying standard times in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

It is the first time Wu has received the award, and also marks the first time a Rutgers' swimmer was recognized by the conference for the weekly designation.

"We are thrilled to have our first Big Ten Swimmer of the Week," said head coach Petra Martin. "Joanna certainly represents the culture that we value within our program as a student-athlete. She is driven, willing to sacrifice and put extra work into her swimming, academics and our team in order to be the best. We are excited for Joanna and the whole program."

While we're talking about rankings.....

Four RU wrestlers are in FloWrestling's preseason Top 20.  2015 All-American Anthony Ashnault secured the highest spot in the rankings at No. 8 at 141 pounds, while redshirt seniors Billy Smith and Anthony Perrotti, and redshirt freshman Anthony Giraldo were also recognized.

Anniversaries and Birthdays.....we do it all

Henry Rutgers became legendary when he came to the financial rescue of Queens College in the early 19th Century.  Well, yesterday, October 7, was Colonel Rutgers' 270th birthday.  A toast to the Colonel!

And in a bow to the preferences of the citizens of the state, a Rutgers Eagleton Poll in 1997...18 years ago and 17 years before RU entered the Big Ten...found that 56% of adults polled felt that Rutgers having a successful football team could improve the image of New Jersey.  Got that, RU Faculty Council?

Having nothing to do with Rutgers....but an anniversary anyway

And the reason for the photo at the top.  From yesterday....

I will say with great confidence that no matter what you think will happen against Sparty, it won't be this bad. So, it did have something to do with RU.

This is how you get better

You don't usually hear about strength coaches in golf, but that's a "little thing" that can make a big difference.  Rutgers' men's team just added the services of just such a coach.

One of the leading professionals in golf-specific fitness and comprehensive technical evaluations, Shear has provided strength and conditioning, biomechanics and performance nutrition expertise to PGA Tour professionals, including former World Number One, Luke Donald, as well as US Open Champion Webb Simpson.

Pretty...uhh, maybe nasty....in pink

The hockey team's annual Pink in the Rink will be this Saturday.

I know, it's a little tight on time if you're going to the football game.  So you miss out on one beer at the tailgate.  It's for a good cause.

If you sell it, they will buy

Have you ever seen an item, say a shirt or jacket, for another school and thought, "Why doesn't Rutgers have something like that?" I have.  And the situation arose again.

If you go to the College Colors website, there are a lot of schools...but not RU.  And that always frustrates me.  I'd want everything and anything with a block R on it out there and for sale.  Maybe someday.....

Let there be music

I'll be the first to confess that I do not take advantage enough of the programs and events at Rutgers outside of athletics.  And there are a lot.  Just a week ago, the Rutgers Wind Ensemble presented an outstanding performance at Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass Campus.  Check the website for other events...well worth it.

Alums continue to shine

Dance Marathon....For the Kids

It's that time again.  Get the dancing shoes on.  Better yet, get the checkbooks out.

Yeah, everybody loves THON.  If you're in central Pennsyltucky.  We got Dance Marathon and Rutgers students do a great job raising money for a worthy cause.  Interested?  Look here.

And this week's Moment of Zen

Never question the genius that is Jim Delany.