I am willing to guess that this past week was the busiest Rutgers sports week in June ever! We covered a lot here at On The Banks, but there was Rutgers talked about here, there, and everywhere. That's a good a thing, because most of it was positive news. Here are links, both from OTB and the outside world, to catch you up everything that happened involving Rutgers sports this past week.
Satellite Camp News
ESPN's recruiting expert Tom VanHaaren was on the scene Wednesday to observe the dueling satellite camps between Michigan and Rutgers.
USA Today covered the camps as well, focusing on the return of former Rutgers coach and now current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. It gives him props for being a pioneer of satellite camps while at Rutgers in 2002, something we also covered here.
NJ Advance Media's Steve Politi broke down the two camps and stated that everything ended up working out very well for Rutgers and head coach Chris Ash.
If you were interested in knowing what Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had to say to the players during the satellite camp, here is video of him doing so. He threw in a tidbit about Tim Tebow as motivation.
Of course, USA Today also looked at this week's satellite camps through the lenses of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.
Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media covered the reunion of Schiano and former Rutgers star Ray Rice, who stopped by the Rutgers camp.
And last but certainly not least, OTB was on the scene of the Rutgers satellite camp as our own Bob Cancro (rvc73) gave his firsthand account here.
Paramus Catholic/Jim Harbaugh/Order of Bulls Blood
The morning of the satellite camps started off in a strange way, with a prank and letter from a group claiming to be a secret society of Rutgers declaring war on Harbaugh. NJ Advance Media's Keith Sargeant breaks it down here. OTB's Griffin Whitmer offers his take here.
In terms of the secret society, OTB's Bob Cancro spoke with a Rutgers historian on the validity of this organization. It's an interesting read.
In addition to Harbaugh being in town for the satellite camp, he also delivered the commencement address at Paramus Catholic. NJ Advance Media's Keith Sargeant covered it here.
Oh right, Paramus Catholic is playing a game in early September at the Big House on Michigan's campus.
With all that has been going on, the Bergen Record's Chris Maag covered the brewing storm between Michigan, Paramus Catholic, and Rutgers, in part by speaking with me about the rising tensions with all parties involved.
TCU Graduate Transfer QB Zach Allen Commits To Rutgers
Amazingly with all the satellite camp business this week, the fact that Rutgers landed a potential program changing player was somehow not the main story. We covered Zach Allen's background here while he was pondering his decision. Once Allen did commit to Rutgers, we broke down what his arrival means for the quarterback race moving forward.
NJ Advance Media's Todderick Hunt had an in depth interview with Allen, discussing his decision and future at Rutgers.
ESPN has been highlighting who they think is the most exciting player for each Big Ten player, and it is no surprise that they selected Grant for Rutgers.
R B1G Build Campaign Announcement
It was such a busy week that we missed the news that a new program appointing 100 captains to help in the fundraising efforts for facilities upgrades was announced. Ryan Dunleavy of the Asbury Park Press provided coverage of the news here. OTB's own Bob Cancro has joined up as a captain as well!
USA Today's Nicole Auerbach wrote a great profile on the likeable Mantz and the work he is doing in connecting New Jersey high school football coaches to the Rutgers football program. This hire really was a savvy move by Ash and the benefits are already paying off.
Here is a heartwarming story featuring Rutgers legend Eric LeGrand, #52 is pure class all the way!
Lawsuit Involving Rutgers Baseball Player
Here is a story from the Asbury Park Press's Ryan Dunleavy detailing a lawsuit between a former baseball team manager at Rutgers and current starting pitcher John O'Reilly.
Jo Jo Gause Transfers
Here is a story from NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan on the transfer of walk-on Jo Jo Gause. He is the brother of former Rutgers captain and current Philadelphia Eagles player Quentin Gause. We wish Jo Jo and his family well.
Rutgers Track & Field Athletes Perform at NCAA Outdoor Championships
There were seven athletes from Rutgers that participated in the championship meet on the campus of the University of Oregon this week. Corey Crawford headlined the men's team, finishing fourth in the Long Jump and completing his accomplished Rutgers career as a four time First Team All-America. Gabrielle Farquharson was the lone female competing for Rutgers, and she secured All-American honors in three individual events. She ends her prestigious Rutgers career as a seven time All-American!
Oral History of the 2003-2004 Rutgers Men's Basketball Team
Our own Dave White and former RVision announcer Danny Breslauer produced a terrific three-part series detailing the most successful Rutgers men's basketball team in the past 25 years. They go in-depth with former star Quincy Douby, former announcer Bruce Johnson, former assistant coach Larry DeSimpelare and current Court Club President Brian Kelley, among others. They shared some never before told stories on their way to the NIT Final that season. You can read all about it here: Part I / Part II / Part III
That's a wrap on a truly fascinating week that was for Rutgers Athletics!