For those of you who rely on On the Banks for all of your Rutgers sports news - an understandable position to take - let's bring you up to speed on things that have been going on in Piscataway.
BTN Broadcast Schedule
The folks who pay the freight and put the Big Ten on the small screen - BTN - announced that Rutgers will be on seven live broadcasts this fall. Full Rutgers schedule is here.
A Keith Sargeant story pointed out that BTN was very pleased with the way things broke on TV with Rutgers.
Big Ten Network chief: 'Rutgers exceeded expectations in every possible way', big things ahead for '15 http://t.co/gZz4tqAH7v @BTNElizabeth— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) July 28, 2015
They loved us.
Junior Natalie Parsons is transferring to be closer to home. She played in 13 games in 2014-15, but for a total of only 34 minutes, averaging less than a point/game.
Timothy Eatman joins C. Vivian Stringer's staff as an assistant, replacing Tasha Pointer. He was most recently the recruiting coordinator at Rhode Island. He was on Stringer's staff at Iowa and has head coaching experience. During his career, he recruited 11 top 30 classes at various schools.
Rutgers Alum in the WNBA
The Chicago Sky's Cappie Pondexter appeared in her seventh WNBA All Star game for the Eastern Division back in July.
Track & Field
Both the men and women scored very well in the classroom. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named both squads All-Academic. To qualify for the team, schools must attain at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade point average.
Pan-Am Junior Games
Mirabelli captures GOLD at the Pan American Junior Championships! http://t.co/avIPMmkpJv pic.twitter.com/DhfMhbJHpS— Rutgers Men's TF/XC (@Rutgers_MensTF) August 2, 2015
For more details on Christpher Mirabelli, read on here.
Along with games on BTN, women's soccer will also be appearing on ESPNU against in-state rival Princeton. The September 3 game will air live and it will be one of two Scarlet Knights' nationally televised matches of 2015.
Rutgers is behind Penn State (No. 6) and Wisconsin (No. 14) among Big Ten schools in the Top 25.
#RFutbol will start 2015 where it ended 2014 - in the @NSCAA rankings. RU is No. 24 in the preseason poll! Rankings: http://t.co/BiburMKP1t— RutgersWomensSoccer (@RUWSoccer) August 3, 2015
Volleyball brings in three new players for 2015-16, two freshmen and a transfer. Interestingly, of the 16 players on roster, none are from New Jersey. The two newcomers include two from California and one from Illinois.
Rutgers announced its home and away schedule for the 2015-16 season. The home schedule includes seven dates, with five Big Ten bouts on the agenda. On the road, the Knights have the third Grapple at the Garden on November 29, along with Princeton, a tri-meet at Oregon State plus four Big Ten contests. The links have the road schedule and home schedule.
Nine wrestlers are in the 2015 recruiting class for Head Coach Scott Goodale. It includes two transfers (1 Juco, 1 PSU) and seven freshmen. The group's average high school record was 111-21, and includes two NJSIAA championships, along with another 14 place finishes. Eight of the nine are New Jersey products.
In May, InterMat released its 2015 recruiting rankings. Rutgers ended up at No. 20, which put it ninth among Big Ten squads. OTB will take a more in depth look at Scott Goodale's incoming class on Thursday.
Record #RUWR ticket sales continue. 2015-16 is around the corner, get your season tix today! http://t.co/tydxWl6sXx pic.twitter.com/wZTJMN0nYi— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) July 28, 2015
Ryan Dunleavy at Gannett did a series on Rutgers and Title IX. It highlights that, generally, Rutgers has done a good job of meeting the requirements of the 1972 Federal law. There are weaknesses that RU needs to address. Tie that story in with OTB's series back in June and you have a pretty thorough look at how Rutgers addresses, and needs to address, finances and scholarships on both the men's and women's side.
Here's the Cliffs Notes version of @RyDunleavy's series on Rutgers & Title IX. How does RU fare? http://t.co/uWMGCoU0E3 via @AsburyParkPress— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) July 24, 2015