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Knight Caps: honors, awards, and The Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon: you don’t get that in Iowa City

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Northwestern vs Rutgers Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

As we wait for the NCAA and the Men’s Lacrosse selection on Sunday....

Eight RU teams recognized for APR

This was never a question in the past. Then - seemingly coinciding with a certain AD and football coach coming to the forefront - we didn’t her about it a lot. Not that it wasn’t happening but....well, anyway.

The NCAA gave public recognition to eight Scarlet teams - a school record - for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. To earn recognition, a program must post a score in the top 10 percent of its respective sport. The teams were: women's golf, women's lacrosse, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, tennis, baseball, gymnastics and volleyball.

For women’s lacrosse, there were only 19 teams nationally, and if you look at the company they keep, that ain’t too bad. Rutgers was the only Big Ten WLax team recognized.

T & F picks up a few goodies

Question: When was the last time that a Rutgers track athlete won conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week? Answer: Never - until this past week.

Congrats to Chris Mirabelli

Field Athlete of the Week 5/3

Christopher Mirabelli, Jr. – Lumberton, N.J. – Holy Cross HS

  • Broke his own school record in the javelin with a mark of 76.67 meters, winning the event at the Penn Relays
  • Distance ranks third nationally and leads the Big Ten this season
  • Claims the first Big Ten Outdoor Field weekly award of his career

Penn Relays

Well, spoiler alert: you know about Chris Mirabelli. But, Emeka Eze finished second with his new school mark in the triple jump and the 4x400m relay team of seniors Kyle Holder and Brendan Jaeger, sophomore Izaiah Brown and freshman Alanzo Aris finished eighth with a time of 3:10.24 at the 123rd running of the Penn Relays last Saturday in Philadelphia.

Fulbright Award

Fulbright Grants are designed to give recent bachelor’s degree recipients, master’s candidates and recipients, doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience in one of almost 150 countries.

And Rutgers Cross Country/Track & Field picked up its third since 2010 as Senior Ellen Miller was been awarded a Fulbright Grant and will be traveling to Taiwan this fall as a member of the English Teaching Assistant Program. Miller will graduate this May with a BFA in visual arts along with a minor in art history. She has a long list of academic achievements including dean’s list, Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar along with inductions into Chi Alpha Sigma, the honor society for student-athletes, and the Cap & Skull Senior Honor Society, which selects 18 campus student leaders from the senior class each year.

Tubas Rule

But you knew that, right?

The Rutgers marching band has this thing with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. few years ago, the drum line played behind Bono on the roof of 30 Rock. And the other night:

And so you don’t have to click on the link....

Ladies and gentlemen, the Marching Scarlet Knights - the Pri-i-i-i-ide of New Jersey. Go band, go band, go band.

Women’s Lax All Big Ten

Senior midfielder Kristina Dunphey and junior defender Amanda Casten both were honored by the conference for the second consecutive season.

RPool Karaoke

Those wild and crazy video folks at Rutgers put together a very cool, very funny parody of James Cordon’s Late Late Show segment. If you haven’t seen it, here are a couple. Sound up!

Softball split

Earlier this week, the softball team split a doubleheader with Maryland, winning the first game, 4-3 and then dropping the night cap (where have I heard that before?) by the same count. The Knights close out their season against Michigan at home.

Baseball: Minnesota make up games

Back on Monday, we reviewed the baseball team’s results and looked at the remaining schedule. We forgot, though, that there was a postponement of the Minnesota series. And since it has post-season implications, the schedule has been amended.

Rutgers and Minnesota will makeup two games with a May 16 doubleheader at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The series was originally scheduled for April 7-9 before travel issues prevented the Scarlet Knights from making the trip to Minneapolis.

The first game of the doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Big Ten Network. The nightcap will follow immediately after on BTN2Go, but BTN will carry the contest on tape delay at 9 p.m. ET.

With the addition of the doubleheader, Rutgers will host Illinois at Bainton Field May 12-14 before heading on the road for five games. After playing two versus Minnesota on Tuesday, the team is set to travel to Northwestern for a three-game series starting Thursday, May 18.

Herrmann Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Max Hermann is a smart kid. How smart, you ask? 4.0 GPA smart.

Rutgers & the Economy

New Jersey’s state past time, self-loathing, of course extends to its state university. The good folks who troll the boards at nj.com love spitting on their state university. To that I say.....

Screw-em. They have no idea how good RU is for them and their state. With $5.2 billion as an economic engine for the state, Rutgers returns almost twice its budget in economic strength to the state and a lot more than what the state provides it.

Big Ten Medal of Honor

It comes from the Big Ten but was announced at the RAwards the other night. And just because its such a cool honor, we state it again.