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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...


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....


Steve Pikiell - Hoops Coach Wants to Cut Down Nets (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...


Chris Ash - Calculated Gridiron Coach Stresses Culture (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...


Steve Politi - The Polarizing Columnist (EP.07)

The podcast welcomes Steve Politi, the sports columnist for The Star-Ledger and 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 Email - ...


Jerry Recco - WFAN Mainstay and The Voice of Rutgers Basketball (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...


Bobby Deren - The Scarlet Nation Experience (EP.05)

The Scarlet Spotlight welcomes 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...


Scott Goodale - The Program Builder (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...


Pat Hobbs - Rutgers Athletic Director Wants To Win Championships (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...