Last night, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs joined “SportsKnight” on WRSU, the student radio station on campus. It was an entertaining interview in which the hosts asked Hobbs a variety of questions.
Of course, they started with the big announcement yesterday that the groundbreaking for the practice facility will be on November 1st. There was no discussion of the potential naming rights that Keith Sargeant reported yesterday. I broke the reported deal down here, which really is a game changer for the entire athletic department. Hobbs encapsulated his message best with this gem, “Hey Big Ten, we’re coming!”
Aside from facilities talk, Hobbs spoke on the tremendous job Associate AD Sarah Baumgartner is doing, as well as the importance of student engagement and the impact it has on recruiting. Hobbs also addressed the beer incident that garnered national headlines, as well as the closure of the Alley. He had a lot to say on it, but I thought this quote was worth highlighting:
“I gave folks that like to pile on Rutgers an opportunity to pile on Rutgers, that’s the part I regret. “
The hosts of the show had a few humorous questions for Hobbs, asking him if he has experienced the “RU screw” and who would win a 40 yard dash race that included himself, basketball coach Steve Pikiell & football coach Chris Ash. Also, they get Hobbs to dish on what his favorite cereal is.
Well done by the students and good of Hobbs to give this type of access to WRSU. His closing message when asked about what his goal for the athletic department is five years from now was simple, “achieving greatness”.
I recommend listening to the entire 17 minute interview and great job from WRSU and the hosts of SportsKnight! The full inteview can be listened to here.