The Scarlet Spotlight
By Danny Breslauer and Jon Newman
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The Scarlet Spotlight is the preeminent podcast for all topics related to Rutgers University Athletics. 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. Check in on New Jersey’s state university’s college sports and follow their journey in the Big Ten Conference. Led by athletic director Patrick Hobbs, Rutgers features programs coached by Chris Ash (football), Steve Pikiell (men’s basketball), C. Vivian Stringer (women’s basketball), Scott Goodale (wrestling) and more. 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.
||CleanBrian 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...||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin 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...||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeith 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...||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark 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 h||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanC. 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 w||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric 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. Follo||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJerry 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 hoop||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSarah 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 f||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarco 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), includ||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames 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 Car||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris 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,||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike 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 su||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike 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 Tournamen||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve 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-'||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris 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||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Politi - The Polarizing Columnist (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 p||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJerry 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 f||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBobby Deren - The Scarlet Nation Experience (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 fr||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott 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 Scarle||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPat 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 fundraisi||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnor Fox - Rutgers Hoops Walk-On Plays Through Tumultuous Time (EP.02)||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 er||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Towers - Turning Rutgers Fans into Donors (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 zer||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome 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||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Class is in session
You may think you know a lot about Rutgers and then Danny and Jon bring a new guest on and you learn 7 new things. Truly amazing podcast!
Revive your Rutgers sports soul
This podcast is a great blend of big Rutgers guests and informed opinion. And the “Scarlet Six” feature brings out Olympic sports and other solid topics. The zings that Danny gets in are icing on the cake.
The podcast recognizes the reality of life for the bruised Rutgers fan while bringing in the eternal optimism of next season.
Rutgers news at its finest
This was a quick and easy subscription for me. Dan and Jon have an easy way about themselves and are quite knowledgable in the world of Rutgers athletics. Few podcasts get down and dirty the way this one days. CHEERS TO RUTGERS.