Here is the press conference from this afternoon announcing Steve Pikiell as the new Rutgers men's basketball coach in its entirety. President Barchi and athletic director Pat Hobbs speak before introducing Pikiell, who spoke and answered questions from the media. A new era of Rutgers basketball has offcially begun!
During his introductory press conference, new Rutgers men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell talked about the brand of basketball the program will have under his leadership. He discusses the style of play and personnel he wants. Pikiell also discusses the influence of being at UConn during the early days of Jim Calhoun's tenure and the impact is has had on his career.
In the postgame press conference, Eddie Jordan spoke about how happy he was for his players, especially the seniors, in winning their first conference game of the season. He continued, saying "I thought we've done a great service to our program for what we've done being shorthanded the way we were." Twice he was asked about the losing streak and speculation about his job. Eddie said "the W's & L"s don't measure what we've done." Eddie directly answered one question stating" no, I'm not defensive, I'm just talking reality". Later, Jordan commented about how the senior class is all graduating and a strong core returns for next season. He added, "I'm proud about what we've done in terms of getting this program back on it's feet." It's worth watching the presser as speculation will only increase once the season ends. Rutgers is the 14th seed and plays Wednesday night at 7pm in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Rutgers men's and women's indoor track & field teams will participate in the Big Ten Championships Friday and Saturday in Geneva, Ohio at the Spire Institute. On the men's side, freshman Izaiah Brown is the favorite in the 400 meters race and senior Corey Crawford is a big favorite in the long jump. On the women's side, senior Gabrielle Farquharson is the defending champion in the 200 meters race. She also won the silver medal in the long jump and bronze medal in the 60 meters race last season. Watch's RVision's video for a full preview. Good luck to both of R teams!
Our recruiting guru Scott Logan joins Mark Rogers to discuss the 2016 class and the start of the Chris Ash era at Rutgers. Watch this 7 minute video, as the two discuss Ash's potential in "fencing the garden" in the future with New Jersey talent.
So I hate to be one of those fans mired in nostalgia (fans of once great but no longer relevant programs, I'm looking at you) but I fell down the Youtube rabbit hole and found this gem from 2006. I can't get over the passion, of the players, the fans. Also crazy is how many future NFL players were on that roster. I can only hope that an atmosphere like this is in the future with Ash...
The #12 ranked Rutgers wrestling team enters their match tonight against Wisconsin at the RAC with a 13-3 record, including 3-2 in the Big Ten. Tonight is the first "blackout" in program history and had been rescheduled after the blizzard two weeks ago. Sunday is senior night for the program, as they will honor Anthony Perrotti, Hayden Hrymack, and Billy Smith in the last conference home match of their careers. They will take on #8 Michigan in a key conference clash at the RAC at noon. This video from RVision interviews the seniors on what this weekend means to them. Good luck to coach Scott Goodale and the team, as they look to climb back into the top 10 of the national rankings and up the Big Ten standings with two dual match wins this weekend.
After Rutgers football head coach Chris Ash's press conference on national signing day, all four early enrollees in the program had a chance to speak with the media. Trey Sneed, Jonathan Pollock, and Solomon Manning spoke about the adjustment to football and academics at the college level. Elorm Lumor spoke about his belief in defensive coordinator Jay Niemann. All four players will be active participants in spring practice later this semester. They are all looking to take advantage of the head start ahead of their fellow 2016 classmates, who join the program after this school year.
Head Coach Chris Ash addressed the media this afternoon to formally announce his first recruiting class at Rutgers. He received 19 letters of intent from players for the class of 2016. Ash also spoke about the current players and his coaching staff, as well as his continued focus on fencing the garden with future classes!
Chris Ash took time to discuss his first couple months on the job at Rutgers, as well as his recruiting approach with Adam Zucker of CBS Sports. His down to earth and straightforward demeanor was on full display in this interview. Ash and his staff are hard at work as national signing day is this Wednesday, February 3rd.