Sunday was a day of rest for the Rutgers Football team, ahead of their third week of training camp beginning on Monday. During a team BBQ hosted by Jeff & Amy Towers, who recently made a large donation that turned the Marco Battaglia Practice Complex into a reality, the players were treated to a big surprise.
Current Sunday Vibes!! ☀️ #TeamBBQ pic.twitter.com/QsxHv6wAGm— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) August 13, 2017
The popular music act, Migos, performed for the team and it set social media on fire. The players were thrilled and it was a way to break up the grind of training camp. The other plus was that it’s a great tool for the program to promote to recruits. Head coach Chris Ash and recruiting staffer Emily Eads made sure to get the word out.
Special Guest Migos is performing for our team. Guys having an awesome time. pic.twitter.com/3rf2cz4ZXq— Chris Ash (@CoachChrisAsh) August 13, 2017
.@Migos at the @RFootball Team BBQ pic.twitter.com/THXSIxCHf1— emily eads (@emeads410) August 14, 2017
This happened. Today. Best job ever. Thanks to @RFootball and @Migos pic.twitter.com/qttfcls9xT— emily eads (@emeads410) August 14, 2017
According to a report from Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media, “the cost of the performance was privately funded and not charged to the university or athletics.” Of course, that didn’t stop a negative reaction on twitter from some current Rutgers students, complaining their tuition was paying for it instead, which is incorrect. Such is the reality of social media these days.
"We at the Rutgers house"— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) August 14, 2017
Nothing like a BBQ with surprise guest @Migos on our day off‼️#TheHunt ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/KjxHyvk8ew
S/O @Migos coming out to perform for our team. Great KNIGHT to remember! ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/fjuCp1LeNz— Matt Hewitt (@Coach_Hewitt86) August 14, 2017
Whether you are a fan of Migos or not, there is no doubt that this type of event resonates with recruits. Also, the players were very appreciative and excited by it. There was plenty of player reactions and footage of the action on twitter.
"Running a play at Rutgers" @Migos @OffsetYRN pic.twitter.com/VgsC1c7OHR— ɖorian ɱiller (@Dorian_Miller) August 14, 2017
On stage w @OffsetYRN ❗️❗️❗️ pic.twitter.com/m4ir36j9EJ— Rashad Jamal Blunt (@Roshambo_1) August 14, 2017
Camp ain't so bad when you get a private @Migos concert on your off day pic.twitter.com/HVpBpGeyJD— Alan Lucy (@AlanOchoCinco) August 14, 2017
Of course, Ahmir Mitchell wins the tweet of the night, showing head coach Chris Ash attempting to dance on stage with Migos. That certainly made the players’ night for sure.
Chill @CoachChrisAsh they wasn't ready for those moves with the @Migos #RUPoolParty @RFootball pic.twitter.com/IolNLUvibk— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 14, 2017
Migos showed out for us!— RMIII (@RobMartin_7) August 14, 2017
y'all hating @Migos performed for us already?? ♂️— Kiy Hester (@Hester_2k) August 14, 2017
The players got to hang out with members of Migos after the performance as well.
We really played ball with @QuavoStuntin after @Migos performed. Performance was on a bean!— Sebastian Joseph-Day (@SJD_51) August 14, 2017
Final post of the night. Thanks @Migos for making their night. pic.twitter.com/n4EAYv9OoR— Doreen Ash (@DoreenAsh14) August 14, 2017
With less than three weeks until the season opener on September 1st at home against #7 Washington, there is plenty of work to do. However, storylines are coming into focus and Ash’s big picture plan for the program is moving forward in a positive way.
There is no doubt that all of the recruits being targeted by Rutgers, and some who are not, are well aware of the performance too. Adding buzz on the recruiting trail with this type of event is always a positive.
Rewarding the players and holding these types of BBQ’s help to build a team bond and hopefully, it makes them appreciate the special opportunity they have been given playing for Rutgers. There is a lot that goes into rebuilding a program and the reality is, there needs to be some fun along the way. Last night, the Rutgers football team had plenty. Week three of training camp begins today.
#WarBeforeTheShore Labor Day Weekend | September 1st Rutgers vs. Washington "Pack The Point Then straight to the Beach " #TheHunt pic.twitter.com/pvwhxsOmnt— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) August 11, 2017