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Jerry Carino - Omoruyi Overview (EP.31)

The New Jersey Hoops Haven, Jerry Carino, returns to The Scarlet Spotlight for Episode 31. Carino chats with Danny and Jon about Eugene Omoruyi's transfer from Rutgers men's basketball, and provides insights only heard on this podcast. The trio discusses the next steps for Steve Pikiell, how things change for the team and his stance on transfers in college hoops. Carino notes the rule changes in the sport and how they will affect the Scarlet Knights. Danny and Jon give news from the end of...


Rutgers Athletics Strategic Vision - The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence (EP.30)

Breaking news dictated the topic for Episode 30 of The Scarlet Spotlight. Originally intended as our 2018-2019 Rutgers Athletics year in review, RU dropped its long-awaited strategic plan in advance of the holiday. Danny and Jon are joined by NJ Advance Media's Keith Sargeant -- for his second appearance on the podcast. The trio gives a section-by-section review of the document that will drive the strategic direction of the athletic department for at least the next five years. Danny, Jon &...


Glenn Crooks - Women's Soccer's Builder (EP.29)

The Scarlet Spotlight is happy to be joined by former Rutgers women's soccer head coach Glenn Crooks for Episode 29. Crooks served as leader of that program for 14 years, before handing off the reins to associate head coach Mike O'Neill. Crooks discusses his path to coaching women's soccer, his pivot back to broadcasting after his coaching career and the state of soccer in the U.S. The now-voice of New York City FC in the MLS, Crooks comments on the quality of the league, the idiosyncrasies...


Anthony Ashnault - The National Champ is Here (EP.28)

The Scarlet Spotlight is honored to welcome Rutgers wrestling's 149-pound national champion Anthony Ashnault to the podcast for Episode 28. The South Plainfield, NJ native discusses his undefeated run to the title, the growth of RU wrestling and his thoughts on the future of the program. Ashnault also breaks news about his next steps post-graduation and explains why he thinks wrestling is now mainstream on campus. In the Scarlet Six, Danny and Jon talk Rutgers football on Spring Game Eve,...


Pat Hobbs - The Athletic Director Returns (EP.27)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes its first repeat guest for Episode 27. The Rutgers Athletic Director, Pat Hobbs, makes his second appearance on the podcast... returning nearly a year to the day after joining the show in its inaugural month. Hobbs gives a year in review for RU athletics, and discusses the CSS report his department commissioned in 2018. Additionally, he touches on the decision to retain Rutgers football Coach Chris Ash after a 1-11 season, excitement around the RAC for the RU...


Joe Salvi - The RAC Fan Favorite (EP.26)

For Episode 26, The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes former Rutgers men's basketball sixth man Joel Salvi, from the Class of 2000. The Kevin Bannon era big man discusses his two years at RU, his relationship with Coach Bannon and some memories of his time in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Salvi tells stories of his college days, pro career in Italy and the hair that made him so famous at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Following the interview, Danny and Jon recap a busy start to March in Rutgers...


Mike Greengarten - The Man Behind The Fan Experience (EP.25)

The Scarlet Spotlight is pleased to welcome Rutgers Athletics' Director of Marketing and Fan Experience, Mike Greengarten, for Episode 25. The RU alumnus came to the Marketing department after a post-graduation fellowship with the MAAC. Greengarten discusses the RAC gameday production, what goes into halftime shows and why he's so confident in the future of the men's basketball program. The well-liked, soon-to-be RFund employee known as "Greeny" reflects on his RU background, and provides...


Joe Litterio - Rutgers Baseball Takes the Diamond (EP.24)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Rutgers baseball coach Joe Litterio to the podcast for Episode 24. The Scarlet Knights alumnus was a sure-handed second baseman for RU in the early 1990s, when the program was in the Atlantic 10. Litterio discusses his path back to RU via a 12-year stint as the head coach at Wagner. He touches on playing for the legendary head coach Fred Hill, injury news around the 2019 squad and notes about his rebuilt coaching staff and facilities. In the Scarlet Six, Danny...


Tara Sullivan - Jersey Columnist and Rutgers Alumna (EP.23)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Boston Globe sports columnist Tara Sullivan for Episode 23. Sullivan, a Rutgers alumna, spent two decades at The Bergen Record before joining the Globe. She discusses her career, her time as a student journalist "On The Banks" and important figures in Rutgers Athletics history. Sullivan touches on topics including women in sports journalism, the past five RU athletic directors and her favorite Bruce Springsteen song. In the Scarlet Six, Danny and Jon cover RU...


Brian Brecht - Lacrosse Looks for NCAA Breakthrough (EP.22)

The Scarlet Spotlight is joined by Rutgers men's lacrosse head coach Brian Brecht for Episode 22. Entering his 8th season leading the Scarlet Knights in 2019, Brecht discusses life in the Big Ten, three years of NCAA snubs and his core of returning talent. Having led RU to the No. 1 ranking in the country two years ago, Brecht covers the rule changes in college lacrosse, the importance of his 6th-year returning goalie Max Edelman and much more. In the Scarlet Six, Danny and Jon go over the...


Kevin MacConnell (K-Mac) - Alumnus and Longtime Athletics Executive (EP.21)

The Scarlet Spotlight is happy to welcome former Rutgers Deputy AD Kevin MacConnell for Episode 21. MacConnell, who spent more than 25 years in the Rutgers athletic department, discusses his path to RU as a student and the start of his professional life. He analyzes working with multiple athletic directors -- Fred Gruninger, Bob Mulcahy and Tim Pernetti -- and offers up his thoughts on the current state of affairs for Rutgers in the Big Ten. MacConnell also touches on his observations of...


Keith Sargeant - The Leader of the Rutgers Football Beat (EP.20)

The Scarlet Spotlight is happy to be joined by NJ Advance Media's Keith Sargeant for Episode 20. Sargeant, who has been on the Rutgers football beat for more than a decade, recaps the 1-11 RU football season and discusses misconceptions about the athletic department. He touches on his experience with the Open Public Records Act, his favorite Rutgers players to cover and his thoughts on the past and present at RU Athletics. Danny and Jon recap the season-ending football loss at Michigan State...


Mark Conlin - Final Four Reminiscing (EP.19)

For Episode 19, The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Mark Conlin, who played in more than 100 games for Rutgers men's basketball from 1973-1977. The guard was on RU's famous 1975-1976 team, which went undefeated into the Final Four at 31-0. Conlin discusses his recruitment, the College Avenue Gymnasium (The Barn), big games and his teammates. Conlin also touches on the Rutgers coaching tenures of the one he played for in Tom Young, his classmate Eddie Jordan and the current RU coach Steve Pikiell....


C. Vivian Stringer - Hall of Fame Head Coach Nears 1,000 Wins (EP.18)

The Scarlet Spotlight is honored to be joined by Rutgers women's basketball's Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer for Episode 18. Three wins shy of 1,000 for her illustrious career, Stringer's Scarlet Knights tip-off the 2018-2019 campaign next week at the RAC. She discusses her road to Rutgers in the 1990s, challenges in her personal and professional life and why she still has fun coaching. Additionally, Stringer touches on RU's snub by the NCAA Tournament committee in March 2018 and...


Eric LeGrand - Rutgers Fans Will Always bELieve (EP.17)

The Scarlet Spotlight is honored to be joined by former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand for Episode 17. The Avenel native and Colonia High School graduate injured his spinal cord on kickoff coverage for Rutgers in Fall 2010 and was paralyzed. Following his injury, LeGrand has inspired millions, launching a broadcast career on the Rutgers Football Radio Network and giving motivational speeches around the country. LeGrand discusses his former coach Greg Schiano, his daily life following...


Jerry Carino - The Dean of the Rutgers Hoops Beat (EP.16)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey to the podcast for episode No. 16. Carino, the senior member of the Rutgers men's basketball beat, takes part in a wide-ranging discussion about his career, New Jersey journalism, RU hoops and the 2018-2019 Scarlet Knights. He gives his thoughts on the full rotation, analyzes player progression and provides insight into Coach Steve Pikiell's expectations for the season. Jon and Danny recap the Rutgers football losses to...


Sarah Baumgartner - Development Whiz Continues Building At Rutgers Athletics (EP.15)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Rutgers' Deputy Director of Athletics, Sarah Baumgartner, to the podcast for Episode 15. Sarah, who is widely considered one of the top development executives in the NCAA, discusses her time at Missouri, playing softball for Illinois and being a part of Rutgers' transition to the Big Ten. Baumgartner also provides details regarding Rutgers Athletics' fundraising goals, operational budget needs and strategic plan. She touches on the disappointment of the...


Marco Battaglia - Rutgers All-American Football Legend Fundraising For The Future (EP.14)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes former Rutgers All-American tight end and current assistant athletic director for development and major gifts, Marco Battaglia, for Episode 14 of the podcast. Battaglia discusses his time "On The Banks" (1992-1995), including a Big East Offensive Player of the Year honor. He tells many interesting anecdotes, like his experience taping a show with Bob Hope, taking part in a race for the Howard Stern Show while in the NFL and having the Rutgers football practice...


James Kratch - Rutgers Football Beat Writer Previews The Season (EP.13)

For lucky episode No. 13, The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes NJ Advance Media's James Kratch, the beat writer for Rutgers football and a host in the ever-crowded RU Athletics podcast landscape. Kratch details his New Jersey upbringing, his path to South Carolina for college and his journalism roots. He discusses covering high school sports, the New York Giants and Rutgers... spanning coaches from Steve Spurrier to Tom Coughlin to Chris Ash. Kratch gives his extensive opinions on multiple RU...


Chris Carlin - The Voice of Rutgers Football Climbs NYC Media (EP.12)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Chris Carlin to Episode 12. Carlin, who is entering his 18th season as part of the Rutgers football radio crew, also served as the voice of RU men's basketball for eight years. In addition to his Rutgers broadcast duties, Carlin is a host for WFAN in NYC... and his media career has taken him from WFAN to SNY to WIP in Philadelphia and back to WFAN for another stint. The Chatham, NJ native discusses growing up in New Jersey, what Rutgers means to him, advice for...