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Knight Caps: Stuff to know from around Scarlet Nation, vol. 2

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Around the campus, and around the state. You give us 22 minutes, we give you interesting stuff.

Rockin' the Blue Lot...ten more days!
Rockin' the Blue Lot...ten more days!
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Well, has everyone caught their breath after yesterday's fun?  Yeah, exciting times.  Guess some people thought it was too quiet and too positive towards Rutgers.  Gotta change things up and get clicks.  But I digress.  So, what's going on in New Brunswick and Piscataway?

Rutgers Band hitting the big time

Musicians are at band camp - there will be no Allyson Hannigan comments! - and you should know they were busy even before that.

The hardest working recruiting coordinator in the land

I'm pretty sure that few of us know exactly what a football recruiting coordinator does.  But if Rutgers' EJ Barthel is any indication, they work really hard.  Barthel is in constant motion and his tweeting is seemingly non-stop.  Great stuff!

And do we lo-o-o-o-ove the graphics?

And let's make sure we get a shout out to the folks in athletics who are doing an amazing job creating images for social media, too.

Big Ten/Rutgers Men's Soccer

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2015 men's soccer preseason coaches poll and players to watch list with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine conference teams. The Twerps concluded the 2014 campaign with a 13-6-3 record (5-2-1 conference record), and claimed the Big Ten Championship and Tournament titles in their inaugural Big Ten season, while also advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament. Indiana checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Penn State at No. 3, Michigan State at No. 4 and Ohio State at No. 5.

BIG TEN MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL

1. Maryland

2. Indiana

3. Penn State

4. Michigan State

5. Ohio State

6. Northwestern

7. Michigan

8. Rutgers (2014 6-12-1, B1G 1-6-1 8th place)

9. Wisconsin

Big Ten Men's Soccer Preseason Players to Watch From Rutgers

Mitchell Lurie, Sr., Defense

Mitchell Taintor, Sr., Midfield

Jason Wright, So., Forward

It's a team thing

Athletic programs may have some sports that are stronger than others.  But it's important that each sport support the others.  And when you've had some success, you need to share it.  Wrestling's Scott Goodale did just that, spending time with men's soccer.

Women's Lacrosse Earns Academic Honor Squad Recognition

The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) selected the Rutgers women's lacrosse team as one of 83 NCAA Division I programs to be named a 2015 Academic Honor Squad. The recognition is the ninth in a row for the program dating back to 2007.  Every school with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher earned Academic Squad honors.

"I continue to be proud of our ability to uphold the strong academic tradition that is Rutgers women's lacrosse," said 14th-year head coach Laura Brand-Sias. "Our players and staff work extremely hard to maintain academic excellence and this honor is a great example of that."

Every team currently playing Big Ten WLax is on the list....except for a team in Pennsylvania.  Johns Hopkins, which will join the B!g as a lacrosse playing member, also made the list.  But, as I said, not any team in the B1G from Pennsylvania.

Selling tickets....winning and being in the Big Ten help

Rutgers averaged over 50,000 in home attendance last year.  Some good marketing, along with games against ttfp and Michigan, helped.  But the Knights weren't doing badly even before the move to the Big Ten.  But consider our former compatriots in the AAC, such as USF.  Here was a team, not that long ago, that was ranked No. 2  -- when we beat them.  And now?

Rutgers, on the other hand, reported a 41 percent increase in season-ticket sales, from 22,040 in 2013 to 31,016 last fall. [Associate AD] Geoff Brown says he expects the season-tickets number to be "in the same neighborhood as they were last year.''  "We had a big jump in the football season leading into the Big Ten, going from 18,500 to 22,000 and last year we jumped up to over 31,000,'' Brown said.

Great helmets.....meh.  Been there, done that

From my friends at Uniform Swag, this note on Arkansas helmets:

Uhh, check out the @RFootball white helmet with chrome decals

It's not all about sports

Good stuff going on all over Rutgers.  For all our friends in flyover country producing all that corn and beef, Rutgers is figuring out how to best handle it at its Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health.  And the new building housing the Institute has a creative and unique design, courtesy of Rutgers grads.

And finally......our Moment of Zen

Despite the fact that summer is winding down on the Jersey shore, there's still time to enjoy all that it has to offer.