Somebody check Twitter. Has anybody committed recently? No? Really?
Whew. Okay, we can talk about something else.
Brey moved up
Back in early June, left-handed starter Howie Brey was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 31st round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. He was the No. 937 pick overall. And apparently things are going well.
An auspicious start for the Middletown native.
Olympic Trials see scarlet
Women's track standout Gabrielle Farquharson will vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team when she competes on Friday in the long jump at U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. She isn't the only one looiking for a chance in Rio.
Rising junior Christopher Mirabelli senior Jermaine Griffith and recent graduate Corey Crawford will all represent Rutgers men's track and field and participate in trial events. Griffith will represent Guyana, and will compete in the 400m at the NAAA NGC/Sagicor National Open Championships. He finished 8th in the finals at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Crawford will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials July 1-10 in the qualifying round of the long jump on Saturday, July 2. If Crawford advances out of the qualifying stage he will compete on Sunday, July 3 at 7:15 p.m. EST in the event final. Live results of the event can be found here.
Mirabelli will be participating in the javelin throw. The qualifying round of the event takes place Saturday, July 2. If Mirabelli advances out of the qualifying stage, he will compete in the javelin final on Monday, July 4
But wait, there's more
While both swimmers received invitations to the trials, neither made it to the semifinals.
Changing the environment and the culture
When Chris Ash came on board, a lot was made about him wanting to change the "culture" at Rutgers. That attitude has carried over into hoops....and probably a lot of other areas in the athletic department. And being in the spotlight of the high profile sports gets you into a lot of cool places.
Working at Rutgers has its privileges
The "sixth borough" of New York City is not in the Nutmeg State. If anything, it is Middlesex County. Deal with it!
And in the mean time, RU's football coaches are having a great time....at RU's "other home field".
Working with our new besties, the Yankees.
And, Coach Henry, glad we could get ya off the Plains and into the big city. Get used to the bright lights!
Bringing them back
No need to say much here.
I would like to thank RFootball Alumni L.J. Smith as our guest speaker today. pic.twitter.com/2sQiCFE4By— Chris Ash (@CoachChrisAsh) June 29, 2016
Great having former Rutgers star Ray Rice as our guest speaker today. pic.twitter.com/UrLWggkOaG— Chris Ash (@CoachChrisAsh) June 17, 2016
Hey, wasn't Rice on that 2006 team?
An in-house hire for wrestling
While there is no press release on this, AP sent out a tweet indicating that he'll be on the sidelines with the Knights. The two-time All American finished his Rutgers career with an 85-46 record, 41-19 in dual matches.
College Ave won't be the same
And that's probably a good thing. Construction continues, and even Chris Ash is using the new buildings as a recruiting tool.
Not a bad selling point.
Hey, "Bus Drivers", I know no one wants to look but....
We talked about it with the Directors Cup. And any number of people said, I don't care. as long as football and basketball are successful, the heck with the rest of the sports. well, first, you're wrong. Second, people do look and notice whether you're good or crappy. As did Keith Sargeant.
Because you just can't get enough of Big E
Nothing else needed.
Marketing....and having some fun
You all know the "This is Sportscenter" series of promos that ESPN has. Goofy scenarios at the office, several of which have featured the Scarlet Knight.
Rutgers has taken the cue and done their own versions, "This is Rutgers". They ain't too bad.
Now, this is how you introduce new supplier and merchandise
When Rutgers introduced its new uniforms, it did so at the R Awards banquet. Now, admittedly we weren't introducing a new line and a new supplier but it sort of lacked pizazz.
Wisconsin, on the other hand, is bringing UnderArmour on July 1. This is how you promote and market yourself. Let's look and learn. Night of the Red Threads? Very cool.
Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) June 28, 2016
Speaking of uniform suppliers.....
Rutgers' Nike contract is up next June and we had a few discussions about what was coming and who would be the "official" supplier. Personally, it looks like the Swoosh will be around for a while. This is a photo of the new display in the lobby of the Hale Center; you don't go to this much trouble and expense if you're going to find a new supplier.
Football coaches still flyin' high
Some things shouldn't change. Like this.
You hope you have the right guy, so nice things are good to hear
Pat Hobbs said his interview with Chris Ash was the best one he ever had. He seems to be doing things the right way. And his former players are saying the same thing.
Eli Apple on Ash: "He's the realest dude I've met...He just has all the right qualities and he lives the right way." https://t.co/EZwIDGqnNj— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) June 17, 2016
Eleven from the Big Ten.
Which team's player's got picked where? Here's a handy guide: pic.twitter.com/6mPVnSkqYr— College Hockey Inc. (@collegehockey) June 25, 2016
It used to be fun laughing at UConn....and Syracuse....and.....well, actually it still is fun. But we're in the Big Ten, so we need to laugh at peers more than at those we left behind. So, without further ado....
4-star Maryland LB Tyshon Fogg commits to Rutgers https://t.co/Ivj7J8LnVX— NJ.com Sports (@NJ_Sports) June 26, 2016
And just for good measure....
Welp...... It's been real Maryland! Going to miss y'all! On my way to Penn St— Boy Dawg (@bigeazy95) June 24, 2016