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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...
Mike Teel - Record-Setting Rutgers QB Reflects On His Career (EP.11)
The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes former Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel (2005-2008) for Episode 11. The three-year starter under center reflects on his time as a Scarlet Knight, including what it was like to play for head coach Greg Schiano, the emotions surrounding the historic 2006 win against Louisville and fighting for the QB role in Piscataway as a freshman. Additionally, the now 32-year-old Teel discusses being the head coach of his high school alma mater (Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey),...
Mike O'Neill - Homegrown Former Soccer Star Leads Rutgers' Top Program (EP.10)
The Scarlet Spotlight rolls into the heart of the summer and into Episode 10 with Rutgers women's soccer head coach Mike O'Neill. The soon-to-be fifth year head coach of RU's top program has consistently brought the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Tournament after taking over for Glenn Crooks, for whom O'Neill was a longtime associate. The former All-Big East player at Seton Hall won New Jersey's high school player of the year award at Kearny prior to embarking on his soccer coaching career....
Hoops Coach Wants to Cut Down Nets (Steve Pikiell) (EP.09)
It's Episode 9 and Rutgers men's basketball head coach Steve Pikiell joins The Scarlet Spotlight. After recently completing his second season leading the Scarlet Knights, Pikiell recaps the '17-'18 campaign and looks ahead to new additions for the '18-'19 season. He provides a detailed breakdown of the Rutgers roster, including progression he expects from returning players and those who sat out due to redshirt or transfer. Pikiell provides information on lineup philosophy, scheduling...
Calculated Gridiron Coach Stresses Culture (Chris Ash) (EP.08)
For Episode 8, The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes Rutgers football head coach Chris Ash. The third-year leader discusses taking over a program that needed a culture change in fall 2016, and leading RU from zero Big Ten wins in the '16 season to three in the '17 campaign. Ash, who is known for an emotionally-level and serious demeanor, opens up about his day-to-day approach and his thoughts coming out of spring camp. Additionally, Ash touches on his recruiting messaging for Rutgers football and...
The Polarizing Columnist (Steve Politi) (EP.07)
The podcast welcomes Steve Politi, the sports columnist for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com. The 20-year veteran of the publication has been a polarizing figure in the Rutgers Athletics community, offering up often-pointed pieces about RU’s decisions and performance. Jon, Danny & Steve debate his opinions, discuss the long-term strategy for RU Athletics & analyze the current state of sports journalism. Learn more and stay up to date at thescarletspotlight.com Email - ...
WFAN Mainstay and The Voice of Rutgers Basketball (Jerry Recco) (EP.06)
The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes The Voice of Rutgers Men's Basketball, Jerry Recco, for episode No. 6. Jerry has spent the last 21 years on-and-off at WFAN, the top sports radio station in New York City. Best known for his work as the update anchor and fill-in host on The FAN's morning show, Recco discusses the many hats he has worn at the station over two decades, a turbulent year in NYC sports radio and his winding road through entrepreneurship. Jerry also touches on his two years with...
The Scarlet Nation Experience (Bobby Deren) (EP.05)
The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes ScarletNation.com senior writer Bobby Deren to the podcast. Jon, Danny and Bobby discuss his path to Scarlet Nation, the site's migration from Rivals to 247Sports, some famous message board personalities and old stories from covering Rutgers football. In the Scarlet Six, Jon and Danny debate 2018 RU football win totals, Big Ten venues, basketball recruiting, The Alley tailgating area, men's lacrosse's NCAA hopes and historic games (tweet #RGreatestPlay to...
The Program Builder (Scott Goodale) (EP.04)
Episode 4 features long-time Rutgers wrestling coach Scott Goodale, whose program continues to reach new heights. Goodale talks about the beginnings of the program, what a sixth year for Anthony Ashnault means to the program, the important of the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club and his basement ping-pong battles with his son. Make sure you listen to the entire interview as he breaks some news at the end. Danny and Jon also debate what was the biggest blunder in Rutgers sports history in the...
Rutgers Athletic Director Wants To Win Championships (Pat Hobbs) (EP.03)
We're back with episode three of The Scarlet Spotlight. We welcome Pat Hobbs, the 8th athletic director in Rutgers University's history. Pat discusses what drew him to the challenge in Piscataway, updates fans on the R B1G Build (RU's Big Ten fundraising push), details development timelines for Athletics facilities and comments on Rutgers men's basketball's recent run at Madison Square Garden. Additionally, Pat touches on the department's long-term strategic plan, servicing younger alumni...
Rutgers Hoops Walk-On Plays Through Tumultuous Time - Connor Fox (EP.02)
Description: We're back with episode two of The Scarlet Spotlight. We welcome Connor Fox, 2002 Rutgers graduate and RU hoops walk-on turned scholarship athlete, onto the podcast. We discuss Connor's path to Piscataway, playing through the Kevin Bannon era and the start of Gary Waters' time "On the Banks." Connor tells stories about the student-athlete experience, gives his opinion on the state of Rutgers basketball today and plays word association with his former teammates. In the...
Turning Rutgers Fans into Donors - Jeff Towers (EP.01)
We're excited to kick off The Scarlet Spotlight with this first episode. We welcome Jeff Towers, fan and major donor to Rutgers Athletics, onto the podcast. We explore how Jeff and his wife Amy got involved with the Rutgers community despite having zero connections to the school before 2010. There’s also an important discussion about how to encourage more alumni to become active donors to the school to help strengthen the programs. In the Scarlet Six (17:53), the areas of improvement...
Welcome to the Scarlet Spotlight
Hosted by RU alumni Danny Breslauer and Jon Newman, the show looks to provide Scarlet Knights fans -- and those interested in Rutgers sports -- with a unique analysis of the athletic department and its programs. From interviews with prominent figures in the RU Athletics and New Jersey sports communities to debate segments covering on-field stories, off-the-court information and insider takes, The Scarlet Spotlight will provide your Rutgers sports fix in podcast form. Learn more and stay...