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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the sports teams that represent Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus. In sports, Rutgers is best known as the "birthplace of college football". On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game took place here, in which Rutgers defeated a team from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) with a score of 6 to 4.[2][3]

Rutgers was among the first American schools to take part in intercollegiate athletics. There are currently 27 teams participating in the Big Ten Conference participating in Division I competition approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the following sports: baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country skiing, field hockey, soccer, golf, Gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, athletics, swimming and diving, wrestling and volleyball.[4] The sports programs appear under the name Scarlet Knights, after the Rutgers University mascot chosen by the student body in 1955.[3]

The Rutgers sites in Newark and Camden also participate in intercollegiate competitions - under the names Scarlet Raiders and Scarlet birds of preyeach - in the NCAA Division III.[5][6]

Sporting legacy [edit]

One of the first American institutions to study intercollegiate athletics, Rutgers participated in a small circle of schools that included Yale University, Columbia University, and long-time rival Princeton University (known at the time) The College of New Jersey). The four schools met on October 19, 1873 at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in Manhattan to establish a set of rules for their intercollegial competition, and in particular to codify the new soccer game. Although invited, Harvard decided not to participate.[7] In the early years of intercollegiate athletics, the school district that participated in these sporting events was located entirely in the Northeast of America. However, around the turn of the century, colleges and universities in the United States began to participate.

The first intercollegiate sporting event at Rutgers was a baseball game against Princeton on May 2, 1866, in which they suffered a 40-2 loss.[2] Rutgers University is often referred to as The birthplace of college football The first intercollegiate football game took place on November 6, 1869, on College Field between Rutgers and Princeton in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on land that is now College Avenue High School (although the game was based more on football than at Rugby, as opposed to the current version of American football, which draws its rules from a rugby-based framework.[8]). Rutgers won the game with a score of 6 goals on Princeton's 4th (about 36-24 currently)[2][3][9] According to Parke H. Davis, the 1869 Rutgers soccer team shared the national title with Princeton.[10]

For much of its sporting history from 1866 onwards, Rutgers did not remain affiliated with any official sporting conference and was classified as "independent". From 1946 to 1951 the university was a member of the Middle Three Conference along with Lafayette and Lehigh. Rutgers considered petitioning to join the Ivy League when that conference was founded in 1954.[11] From 1958 to 1961 Rutgers was a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference.[12] From 1976 to 1995, Rutgers was a member of the Atlantic 10 conference for most sports while serving as the Eastern Independent in football.

Rutgers remained independent until 1991 when he joined the Big East Conference for football. All of Rutgers' sports programs were linked to the Big East in 1995.[13] On July 1, 2014, Rutgers became a member of the Big Ten Sports Conference after paying a redemption fee of $ 11.5 million to the American Athletic Conference (which resulted from the split of the Big East Conference).[14][15]

In the Great East, the Scarlet Knights won four conference tournament titles: men's soccer (1997), baseball (2000, 2007) and women's basketball (2007). Several other teams have won regular season titles but failed to win the conference championship tournament.[16] Recently, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights soccer team hit the grid after several years of losing season. They were invited to the Insight Bowl on December 27, 2005, but lost 45 to 40 against the State of Arizona.[17] This was Rutgers' first bowl appearance since losing to Arizona State (34:18) on December 16, 1978 in the Garden State Bowl, the first bowl game in which Rutgers played. In 2006, the Scarlet Knights were invited to the first Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas, where they defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 37-10. On January 5, 2008, Rutgers played at the International Bowl in Toronto for the third time against Ball State in a straight bowl game for the first time in program history. They won the game 52-30. After the 2008 regular season, Rutgers was invited to the Papajohns.com Bowl, where they defeated North Carolina State University's Wolfpack on December 29, 2008 with 29 to 23 points for their third straight win. On December 19, 2009, the Scarlet Knights won their fourth game in a row by defeating the University of Central Florida 45-28 in the St. Petersburg Bowl. On December 20, 2011, Rutgers met Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl and beat them at 27-13. On December 28, 2013, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which they defeated at 16 29 lost On December 26, 2014, Rutgers played at the Quick Lane Bowl against the North Carolina Tar Heels in a 40-21 win.

School spirit [edit]

Rutgers Scarlet Knights full-back # 23 Brian Leonard (Class of 2007) inflating the crowd at Senior Day events during the Rutgers vs. Syracuse soccer game on November 25, 2006.

Colors and mascots [edit]

The school color of Rutgers University is scarlet. Initially, students tried to make orange the school color, citing Rutger's Dutch heritage and referring to the Prince of Orange. The Targum newspaper first suggested adopting the scarlet in May 1869, claiming it was a striking color and because the scarlet ribbon was easy to obtain. During the first intercollegiate soccer game with Princeton on November 6, 1869, the Rutgers players wore scarlet turbans and handkerchiefs to distinguish them as a team from the Princeton players.[3] The Board of Trustees officially made the school colors scarlet in 1900.[3]

In its early days, Rutgers athletes were informally known as "The Scarlet" for the school color or "Queensmen" for the institution's first name. Queen’s College.[3] In 1925 the mascot was changed to Chanticleer, a fighting cock from the medieval fable Reynard the fox ((Le Roman de Renart) which was used by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Canterbury stories.[3] At that time, Rutgers was given a call to Student Humor Magazine Chanticleerand one of his early art editors, Ozzie Nelson (later by The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Fame) was quarterback for the Rutgers team from 1924 to 1926.[18] The Chanticleer mascot was featured at a soccer game against Lafayette College that also saw Lafayette introduce a new mascot, a leopard.[18] However, the choice of Chanticleer as a mascot has often been ridiculed because it has been associated with "being a chicken".[19] In 1955, following an election across campus, the mascot was changed to the Scarlet Knight and knocked out other contenders such as “Queensmen”, “Scarlet”, “Red Lions”, “Redmen” and “Flying Dutchmen”.[3][20] Previously suggested nicknames included "Pioneers" and "Cannoneers". When asked why he supported the Rutgers mascot change, Harvey Harman, then coach of the soccer team, was quoted as saying, “You can call it the Chanticleer, you can call it a fighting cock, you can do any damn thing call." you want but everyone knows it's a chicken. "[21] Harman is said to have bought the first Scarlet Knight mascot costume for the 1955 season, which was to be his last season as a football coach at Rutgers.[22]

School songs and chants [edit]

Several school songs are associated with the school's athletic heritage. The alma mater of Rutgers University is On the banks of the old Raritan in words by Howard Fullerton (Rutgers Class of 1874), adapted to an old Scottish melody On the banks of Old Dundee.[23][24] It is usually performed at the end of sporting events by the university marching band, the Marching Scarlet Knights (also known as "The Pride of New Jersey"), at concerts, beginnings, and other major school events at the Rutgers University Glee Club. The university's battle song The bells must ring, is often performed at sporting events, especially when recognizing remarkable results. Pianist Richard M. Hadden (Rutgers Class of 1932) was written to compete in a student song competition in 1931 and composed the song with WE Sanford (Rutgers Class of 1930). The spirit song is shouted rhythmically between the verses of the battle song.[25]

This chant is one of many recited at Rutgers sporting events. Another popular chant with one side of the crowd screaming “R” and the other “U” antiphonal is often performed. The original spirit chant used on Rutgers was “Rah! Rah! Rah! Bow-wow-wow! Rutgers! " However, it has not been listed in modern times.[2][26]

Other notable songs are Nobody ever died for Dear Old Rutgers composed by Jule Styne to texts by Sammy Cahn from the musical from 1947 High button shoes parodies an 1892 game in which Frank "Pop" Grant, a Rutgers soccer player, was removed from the field due to injuries and declared that he would "die for dear old Rutgers". Other sources say the player said, "I'll die if someone doesn't give me a cigarette."[27] The song Loyal sons This admonishes Rutgers athletes (especially soccer players) to “hit the line and lead the final boys ... Score again. Oh, score again. "

Sporting rivalry [edit]

Rutgers maintains athletic rivalries with other college institutions. The university has historic rivalries with Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Princeton University, and Columbia University (formerly) King’s College) from the dawn of college football. While they maintain Princeton rivalry in other sports, none of them have met in football since 1980. Rutgers has a men's basketball rivalry with Seton Hall University.[28]

The university's longest active football rivalry has been with the Navy (dating from 1891). This rivalry stems from the fact that Navy and Rutgers are two of the only three programs (the third is Army) that emerged from the original, informal "Ivy League," which are still members of the top tier of NCAA college football ( currently Division I FBS). . Rutgers was part of a round robin conference known as the Middle Three Conference in football from 1929 to 1976, which Lafayette and Lehigh attended. The winner of the annual round robin received the Little Brass Cannon. The schools often met in other college sports. (See Before there was an Ivy League.)

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Rutgers ‘Scarlet Knights’, who runs back to Ray Rice, follows his blockers in a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on October 21, 2006.

Although Rutgers was the "birthplace of college football" and shared the 1869 national championship with Princeton University for the first year of intercollegiate play, he did not have an overly successful legacy in the sport over the years. With 667 losses, Rutgers is one of the most losing programs in college football history. For the past three decades in particular, Rutgers has been viewed as one of the worst teams in FBS today (known as Division IA before 2006). There were several defeats in a row and the discussion about possibly reducing the team to I-. AA / FCS competition.[30][31] For the most part, the soccer team was not associated with any official soccer conference and remained independent when the first soccer leagues were formed.[12] Rutgers currently participates in Division I FBS and participated in the Big Ten Conference in 2014, after more than two decades in the original Big East Conference and a season in its football-sponsoring offshoot, the American Athletic Conference.[12] Current coach Chris Ash replaced Kyle Flood, who was dropped from the program after a bad 2015 season. Flood replaced Greg Schiano, who, after leading Rutgers to his first bowl games in decades, took the job as head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2006 season

In 2006, Rutgers had its best season in three decades, starting its first nine games undefeated. Sports commentators and writers dubbed the 2006 season the Rutgers ‘" Cinderella Season "as victory went by each week, and Rutgers gained national attention and debated a possible national championship appearance.[32][33] Rutgers rose from the start of the season unranked to the highest rank ever after the Scarlet Knights defeated the third-placed, undefeated Louisville Cardinals on Nov. 9. The 28-25 competition was won by kicker Jeremy Ito, who kicked the game-winning field goal at the end of the game. After the field goal was hit, announcer Chris Carlan said his famous line: "It's Pandemonium in Piscataway!" when excited fans stormed the field. “Piscataway” refers to the fact that the game was played in Piscataway, New Jersey, where Rutgers ‘Football Stadium is located. Rutgers fans still reminisce about the game as it eased the stress of so many lost seasons and marked the height of Rutgers football. Many fans consider it the best football game in Rutgers history. After that game, Rutgers jumped seventh in the AP poll, eighth in the USA Today / Coaches poll, seventh in the Harris Interactive poll, and sixth in the Bowl Championship Series rankings.[34][35] Finished the regular season on a record of 10-2, with losses to the Cincinnati Bearcats and West Virginia Mountaineers. With a 37-10 win over the Kansas State Wildcats in the first Texas Bowl, Rutgers finished the 2006 season with a record 11-2 and was ranked twelfth in the nation in the latest Associated Press poll.[36] This was Rutgers' highest final score ever in a national football poll, despite previously being in the top 25 of the Associated Press final poll in 1958, 1961 and 1976.[38]

The 2006 team consisted of players like Maxwell Award finalist, All-American halfback Ray Rice, quarterback Mike Teel, fullback Brian Leonard, tight Clark Clark, wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, all-American defensive tackle Eric Foster, Safety Courtney Greene and kicker Jeremy Ito and punter Joe Radigan, who holds the longest punt record in Rutgers history at 78 yards. Rice, who broke several Rutgers soccer records during the season and set the Big East's single-season record with 1,794 rushing yards, finished seventh in the 2006 Heisman Trophy vote. Head coach Greg Schiano was named Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Home Depot Coach of the Year, and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America in 2006.

Men's basketball [edit]

Interior of the Rutgers Athletic Center, also known as the "RAC", during a game between Rutgers and Villanova on January 11, 2006

The Rutgers men's basketball team was one of the "Final Four" of the 1976 NCAA Division I tournament and ended the 1976 season after losing 86-70 to the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals and losing 106-92 in fourth Nation place to the UCLA Bruins in the tournament's consolation game for third place.[39] This was the last men's Division I tournament to feature two undefeated teams as both Indiana, who won that year's title, and Rutgers entered the tournament undefeated. Rutgers went 31-0 during the regular season.

The Scarlet Knights also played in the 2004 NIT Finals, where they were defeated by the Michigan Wolverines. From 2005 to 2006 Quincy Douby set a Rutgers basketball record with 839 points in one season.[40] He left after his junior year to enter the NBA draft. The Hamady N’Diaye center, acquired by the Minnesota Timberwolves and sold to the Washington Wizards during the 2010 NBA draft, was the last former Scarlet Knight in the NBA. The current trainer of the Scarlet Knights is Steve Pikiell.

Women's basketball [edit]

Scarlet Knights women's basketball has been one of the most successful programs in the school of late. A notable season would be the 2005-2006 season, in which Rutgers finished fourth in the nation at one point and made the elite eight behind the shooting by Cappie Pondexter. In the 2006/07 season, Rutgers finished second behind UConn in the regular season, but defeated the Huskies in the Big East Championship game.

Rutgers defeated first seeded Duke 53-52 in the 2007 NCAA Women's Division I basketball tournament and advanced to the 2007 Women's Final Four. In the national semifinals, they would defeat LSU, 59-35 and advance to their first national championship game. In this game, however, they lost to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers with 59-46 points.

In June 2007 the Rutgers women's basketball team received the Irv Grossman Award of Merit as a service and unique achievement to increase the appreciation and status of university sport for women on a national level. The award is named after Irv Grossman, the founder of the Honda Awards program.

In 2007 the team also won the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. This award is given annually to an athlete or team who shows exceptional courage in their athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sport and serves as an inspiration and role model for those who face challenges ask, overcome them and strive for success on all levels.

The team is currently being trained by C. Vivian Stringer.

Men's Lacrosse [edit]

Women's football [edit]

The women's soccer team Scarlet Knights, founded in 1984, has received a total of twelve applications for the NCAA tournament (1987, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and won three championship titles at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (1990, 1991, 1992).[41]

Soft ball [edit]

The Scarlet Knights softball team appeared in two Women's College World Series in 1979 and 1981.[42]

Wrestling

On March 23, 2019, Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault became the first two national NCAA champions in Rutgers history. [43]

Notable Non-College Sports [edit]

Roller hockey [edit]

Quidditch [edit]

The Rutgers Nearly Headless Knights were founded in 2013 and play in a co-ed league with full contact as a club sports team for the university. Under the leadership of President and Captain Lindsay Marella and Phillip Cain, the team has won several local tournaments and is taking steps to advance in World Championship IX, the national championship of the sport.

Rugby [edit]

Founded in 1965, Rutgers Rugby Football Club plays in the Empire Conference against local rivals such as Syracuse, Division 1 college rugby. In the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, Rutgers played in the College Premier Division, where they were led by Evan Fitzgerald who holds Rutgers career records in attempts (32) and points (176).[44] Rutgers finished the 2010-11 season number 24 in the nation.[45] Rutgers Rugby is actively involved in spreading the sport of rugby across New Jersey by participating in youth leagues and interstate competitions.[46] Rutgers Rugby is led by head coaches Mark Dobbs and Omar Rivera.

Ultimate [edit]

The first intercollegiate competition in Ultimate Frisbee (now simply called "Ultimate") was held on November 6, 1972 between Rutgers and Princeton students to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the first intercollegiate football game. Rutgers won 29-27.[47]

The Rutgers Ultimate Club continued to flourish, adopting the name Hot Animal Machine, which later became just Machine. Today you will serve in USA Ultimate's Metro East Division, the governing body of North American Ultimate.[48][49]

Powerboating [edit]

In 1933 and 1934, Rutgers won the national college championships in power boating.[50][51]

Championships [edit]

NCAA team championships [edit]

Rutgers has won 1 national NCAA championship:[52]

Other national team championships [edit]

Below are 3 national titles that were not awarded by the NCAA:[53]

  • Women (3)::
    • Basketball (AIAW) (1): 1982
    • Cheerleading (2): 1998, 2009
  • See also:

Conference championships [edit]

  • Champions of the men's conference:
    • Baseball, Big East Champion (1998)
    • Baseball, Big East Master (2000)
    • Baseball, Big East Conference Champion (2000)
    • Baseball, Big East Champion (2007)
    • Basketball, Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Champions (1989)
    • Athletics, Outdoor Big East Champions (2005)
    • Football, Co-Champions of the Big East Conference (2012)
  • Champions of the women's conference:
    • Basketball, Big East Champion (2007)
    • Soccer, Big East Conference Champion (1997)

Other championships

  • Post-season bowl victories:
    • Texas Bowl (2006)
    • International Bowl (2008)
    • Papa John's Bowl (2008)
    • St. Petersburg Bowl (2009)
    • New Era Pinstripe Shell (2011)
    • Quick Lane Bowl (2014)
  • Other championships:
    • Athletics for men, Indoor IC4A Champions (2005)
    • Athletics for men, Outdoor IC4A Champions (2005)
    • Women's basketball, WNIT Champions (2014)

Controversy and Debate [edit]

Regarding "bigger time" athletics [edit]

The seventeenth president of Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein (1925-1989), envisioned a quest for success at Rutgers that involved participating in "greater time" athletics. Some of the country's colleges were linked to Division I-AA (now FCS) when that designation was introduced in the late 1970s, including many of Rutgers' historic rivals such as Princeton, Columbia, Lehigh, and Lafayette College. Bloustein decided that Rutgers should pursue developments that would equate the university, both academically and athletically, with comparable state universities. This resulted in Rutgers opting for Division I and later attending the Big East Conference in 1991 under President Francis L. Lawrence.

William C. Dowling, University Professor in the Department of English, and other like-minded faculties, students, and alumni organized a movement called the Rutgers 1000.[54] In 1993, he worked to return Rutgers to his older tradition of participatory athletics by joining institutions like the University of Chicago and NYU in Div III of the NCAA. Although the group disbanded in 2003 under the false impression that President Richard McCormick supported their position, it was revived in 2007 when McCormick and the Board of Governors announced a $ 102 million expansion of the football stadium. Also in 2007, Professor Dowling came under fire from Sports Director Bob Mulcahy for comments that Mulcahy found offensive to minority athletes.[55] In 2011, Dowling received the Drake Group's Robert Maynard Hutchins Award[56] for his opposition to the deterioration in academic and intellectual values ​​at Rutgers through commercialized Div IA athletics.

Rutger's efforts to improve the quality of its football program have sparked criticism from many alumni, faculties, and students about the size of the sports department's budget looking to redirect their funds. The sports department budget is $ 35.5 million[57] compared to a $ 1.6 billion budget for the entire university.[58] Most of the athletics budget comes from self-generating income (ticket sales, goods, broadcast rights), while the rest comes from mandatory tuition fees. Though widely dismissed as a logical mistake by Rutgers 1000 followers[59] The argument that having a very visible football program increases donations to the sports department and even to the university as a whole is made by some Scarlet R supporters. A 12% increase in enrollment applications when attending the Big 10 conference and applicants who score 20 points more on the SAT would more likely confirm this.

Although some critics feared that the focus on FBS athletics would lower approvals and academic standards, the Rutgers soccer team set a record high for the Academic Recognition Rate (APR) of any Football Bowl subdivision team with a score of 992 in 2010 .[60] One final complaint was that the improved soccer schedule would prevent competition against long-time rivals Princeton, Columbia, Lehigh and Lafayette. Proponents of the move, however, claim it would make Rutgers more comparable to large, respected state universities like the University of Michigan and the University of California, as well as private institutions like Stanford University, which have been touted for balancing their academic reputation with athletic success .

Budget cuts and lean times [edit]

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When New Jersey's 2006 budget was drawn up, lawmakers cut $ 66 million from government funds for Rutgers. The university responded by reducing several classes, laying off staff and junior staff, and closing several programs. The sports department announced that it would end six sports programs from the 2007/2008 academic year. Those sports programs affected are the men's light and heavyweight teams (see list of Rutgers Olympic and National Team members below; prior to the cuts, the Rutgers crew produced at least 15 Olympic athletes and members of the men's national team), the swimming and diving teams of the Men, the men tennis teams and the fencing of men and women. Title IX concerns also played a significant role in these cuts.

New Brunswick / Piscataway [edit]

Rutgers University recruits 27 sports teams from its New Brunswick campus for NCAA Division I competition, with the soccer team playing in the FBS top-level subdivision. Most of the university's 14 sports venues and facilities are currently located in Piscataway at the Busch and Livingston locations. Two facilities are located in New Brunswick (USA) College Avenue High School and the Class of 1914 boathouse). Though College Avenue High School has hosted a variety of sporting events - including memorable games at the 1976 NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament that saw Rutgers advance to the "Final Four" and then finish the fourth season in the nation - it was the location of the New Jersey State Constitution revision conventions in 1947 and 1966.[61]

One hundred and twenty-five years after Rutgers and Princeton opened the tradition of American football, High Point Solutions StadiumThe building, which opened as 42,000 seats and has since expanded to over 52,000 seats, opened during the 1994 football season. The field in the High Point Solutions Stadium is large enough to host national and international football matches.[62] The Rutgers Athletic Center, commonly known as the RAC, is home to the Rutgers men's and women's basketball programs and has a seating capacity of 8,000.

The soccer teams play Yurcak fieldwhich hosts over 5,000 fans. The lacrosse teams played here from 1994 to 2013 before moving to the High Point Solutions Stadium in 2014. Built in 1994 and recognized as one of the first college venues for these two sports in the United States, Yurcak Field was named in honor of Rutgers alumnus Ronald N. Yurcak, a 1965 All-American lacrosse player.[63] Rutgers also operates an 18-hole 6,337-meter (par 71) golf course designed by Hal Purdy and awarded four stars in 2004 Golf magazine and classified by Golf digest as “Best Place to Play”.[64]

Notable athletes

A growing number of alumni who participated in exercise programs while studying at Rutgers University have continued their athletic careers professionally. Some have become coaches, managers or owners of professional teams, including Alexi Lalas, Class of 1991, a former member of the US national soccer team who is also the former President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Eddie Jordan, Class of 1977, who was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Sonny Werblin, class of 1932, the founder of the New York Jets in the National Football League, and Jeff Torborg, class of 1963, a major league baseball catcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels of several teams headed in Major League Baseball[65] and coach of college athletic teams, including Jim Valvano, class from 1967 who won the 1983 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament as a coach at North Carolina State University. Also of note is David Stern, a member of the 1963 class who was commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) until 2014.

Jon Conway, class of 1999, is currently a goalkeeper for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Josh Gros, class of 2003 was a midfielder for DC United in American Major League Soccer. Carli Lloyd, former women's soccer star, played in the US women's national soccer team at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Lloyd recently scored three goals en route to a gold medal in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final against Japan. Todd Frazier, 2015 MLB Homrun Derby Champion, Cincinnati Reds. Players who moved to the National Football League included: Deron Cherry, Class of 1980, (Kansas City Chiefs) member of the All Decade Team of the 1980s NFL, Quarterback Ray Lucas, Class of 1996, (New York Jets, Miami Dolphins 1996-2002), quarterback Mike McMahon, class of 2001 (Minnesota Vikings),[66] Center Shaun O’Hara, Class 2000 (New York Giants),[66] Tight end LJ Smith, class of 2003 (Baltimore Ravens),[66] Middle linebacker Gary Brackett, Class of 2002, Indianapolis Colts, and tight end Marco Battaglia, Class of 1996, (Pittsburgh Steelers)[66]Brian Leonard (Class of 2007, designed by the St. Louis Rams in 2nd of the 2007 NFL Draft), Kenny Britt (Class of 2010, designed by the Tennessee Titans, 1st Round of the 2009 NFL Draft) and Heisman Trophy - Contestant Ray Rice (Class of 2009, designed by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 NFL Draft), offensive guard Darnell Stapleton, who started during the championship game for Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. David DeJesus is currently a midfielder for the Chicago Cubs.[65] Rutger's successful women's basketball program has sent several women to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), including Sue Wicks, 1988 class who played for the New York Liberty from 1997 to 2002 and was a member of the American team in the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, Korea, and most recently Cappie Pondexter, class 2006, the Phoenix Mercury and Tammy Sutton-Brown, class 2001, with the Charlotte Sting. Roy Hinson, class of 1982, was a longtime player in the league, and Quincy Douby was drafted as guard for the Sacramento Kings in 2006.


Rutgers Rowing has produced an exceptional number of Olympians and national team members who have won Olympic medals and world championships. Tom Price (rower) and Charlie Logg won Olympic gold at the 1952 Summer Olympics. In total, Rutgers Rowing alumni have won at least 15 Olympic and world championship titles as well as numerous other silver and bronze medals for Olympic and world championships.

Other Rutgers Rowing Olympics and National Team Members include:

  • Fred Borchelt silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Olympian 1976, 1980 and 1984.
  • Max Borghard. Two-time member of the US national team. Currently head coach for women at Rutgers University
  • Charley Butt. World Championship silver medalist. Currently the men's head coach at Harvard University
  • Steven Christensen. 1976 and 1980 Olympian (Transfer to the University of Pennsylvania during the Bachelor career.)
  • David Collins (rower) bronze medalist in rowing at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Ned Delguercio. World champion 2007 and 2008.
  • Jennifer Dore. 1996 and 2000 Olympian. World Champion 1995.
  • Sean Hall (rower) 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympian. World Champion 1994.
  • Robert Kaehler 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympian. World champion in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999.
  • Jeffrey Klepacki 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympian. World champion in 1994, 1998 and 1999.
  • Sharon Kriz
  • Fran McGovern
  • James Neil 1992 and 1996 Olympian. World Champion 1999.
  • Grant Nichols
  • William Porter. World Cup bronze medalist. Currently head coach for women at Yale University
  • Sam Stitt Olympic Champion 2008. Silver and bronze medalists of the World Championship.
  • Maite Urtasun. 2002 world champion

Notable rowers who are Rutgers alums:

The 2007-2009 Super Bowl winners each had a Rutgers Undrafted Free Agent start for them:

Super Bowl XLI - Gary Brackett - Middle Linebacker - Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl XLII - Shaun O’Hara - Center - New York Giants
Super Bowl XLIII - Darnell Stapleton - Offensive Guard - Pittsburgh Steelers

Notable athletics coach [edit]

See list of Rutgers University people # sports coach

Rutgers - Newark [edit]

Rutgers-Newark provides teams for NCAA Division III competitions in men's and women's soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball, and men's baseball and women's softball. The men's volleyball team joined Division I during the 2014 season (2013/14 school year), but made the transition to Division III after this season. Their teams are known as the “Scarlet Raiders”.[67] Built in 1977 the Golden Dome Athletic Center is the center of Rutgers-Newark athletics with 2,000 seats. Football and softball games take place Alumni fieldWhile the Rutgers Newark baseball team plays at the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, a 6,200-seat ballpark home to the Newark Bears, a small division professional baseball franchise.[68]

Rutgers-Camden [edit]

Rutgers-Camden field teams for NCAA Division III competitions in the men's and women's teams, cross-country skiing, golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, men's baseball, women's softball, and athletics. Their teams are known as the “Scarlet Raptors”. In 2006, Rutgers-Camden won the NCAA Division III softball championship, defeating two-time defending champions St. Thomas 3-2 to claim the school's first national title.[6] Rutgers-Camden basketball also has the unfortunate 1997 longest losing streak award in college basketball. The team was disbanded, but student outcry resulted in a reinstatement. Rutgers-Camden broke its NCAA record of 117 losses with a 77-72 win over Bloomfield College.

RVision [edit]

RVision, part of Rutgers University's Sports Communications Department, is a digital media network responsible for the live and highlight video broadcast of many of Rutgers' intercollegiate sporting events. RVision was founded in 2009 and broadcasts more than 100 live events as well as countless interviews and game highlights published by the RVision staff on ScarletKnights.com. With Rutgers' recent inclusion in the Big Ten conference in 2014, RVision launched a fundraiser nicknamed RStarter. RStarter's goal was to raise $ 30,000 to improve all aspects of RVision and provide Rutgers fans with even better coverage of all sports. RStarter proceeds would be used to purchase new cameras, laptops, and student scholarships. At the start of the soccer opening day on August 28, 2014, fans and supporters came together and raised over $ 32,000 for the RVision Network.

With the inclusion of the university in the Big Ten conference, a national television station will be added, the Big Ten Network (BTN). RVision and BTN work hand in hand to provide sports fanatics with as much coverage as possible on Rutgers athletics. “There's an additional amount of work that BTN needs on their network that we can do for them now that we're here and there,” said Jason Baum, senior associate athletics director at Rutgers, who has been with the company since its inception supervised in 2009. “RVision is a three-person team led by Colin Osborne who has a lot on their plate. I don't know if there are too many people who work as many hours a year as the RVision crew. "[69] RVision was asked by the Big Ten Network to provide footage of games, individual players, talkbacks with players and coaches, and scenic footage around the campus with a Big Ten logo on it.

RVision continues to expand its programs and student crews. Each day, RVision can have multiple crews shooting several different sporting events across the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.

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