Rutgers Rant

Rutgers Rant

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Rutgers experts Keith Sargeant and James Kratch discuss the latest news and hot topics surrounding the team. With host Steve Politi.


What is the greatest “What if” in Rutgers history?
Jun 4 • 47 min
Rutgers has a long and complicated athletics history. But what if we were able to go back in time and change a few big moments? How would things be different? We discuss our favorite alternate possibilities, plus some talk on current events: George…
Hey, we’re back! Will Rutgers play football this year?
May 26 • 51 min
Rutgers Rant is back. After taking a two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steve Politi and James Kratch have fired up the podcasting machine to catch up on everything we’ve missed. Will there be a football season? How impressive has Greg…
What now after Rutgers’ dream season was abbreviated by coronavirus?
Mar 16 • 43 min
A lot has changed since the last Rutgers Rant podcast. The world is confronting the coronavirus pandemic and one of the sacrifices made was the cancelation of the NCAA Tournament, bringing a sudden and stunning end to a magical Rutgers basketball season.…
Rutgers is going to the NCAA Tournament. Seriously.
Mar 9 • 47 min
It’s time to party like it’s 1991 again. Rutgers appears headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 29 years after ending the regular season with an upset of No. 9 Maryland and a win at Purdue. It’s a lock, right? Or do the Scarlet Knights need…
How much better can Rutgers basketball’s renaissance season get?
Jan 27 • 41 min
Rutgers basketball is full steam ahead to the NCAA Tournament, and everyone is along for the wild ride. How much better can this magical season get for the Scarlet Knights following their thrilling win over Nebraska? Can they finish undefeated at home? We…
Can Rutgers hoops get to the Big Dance?
Jan 6 • 42 min
We are back with our first Rutgers Rant of 2020. Greg Schiano is putting together his dream coaching staff and Steve Pikiell has his Scarlet Knights thinking … NCAA Tournament? We talk football, basketball and more. Plus your questions. See…
An inside look at Greg Schiano’s Rutgers recruiting surge
Dec 17, 2019 • 45 min
We are back. And so is Rutgers recruiting. The Scarlet Knights’ 2020 class has rocketed up the national rankings since Greg Schiano returned to the program and hit the trail. How did it all come together so quickly? And how can Rutgers finish the signing…
Special Edition podcast: Impressions from Greg Schiano’s press conference
Dec 5, 2019 • 43 min
Greg Schiano didn’t just win the press conference. He won it unlike anyone in Rutgers history. We break down Schiano’s iconic first official day back at the helm of the Scarlet Knights and the renewed hope he has brought to the fanbase. We also talk a…
Greg Schiano is home, and Rutgers will never be the same
Dec 2, 2019 • 50 min
Rutgers got its Thanksgiving miracle. Greg Schiano is coming home. We break down the wildest week in the history of the university, culminating with Schiano’s hire to return to the helm after the deal was once believed dead. How did it all happen? And…
Where does Rutgers go now after Greg Schiano deal falls through?
Nov 27, 2019 • 50 min
The dream of many Rutgers fans appears to be dashed. Negotiations with Greg Schiano have broken down, and the possibility of a reunion between team and coach appears to be done. What now for the Scarlet Knights? Can athletics director Pat Hobbs weather…
Is Greg Schiano’s Rutgers return in danger of falling through?
Nov 19, 2019 • 39 min
Greg Schiano and Rutgers have reached the witching hour. Will he be hired as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach by the end of the week? Or will the anticipated reunion fall apart? The latest on what we know, a look at the Michigan State game and much more.…
What’s the latest on Greg Schiano and Rutgers? Oh, and Ohio State is coming
Nov 11, 2019 • 40 min
Rutgers is back from its open week, but it still does not have a head coach yet. Where do things stand with Greg Schiano and is this the week the Scarlet Knights’ coaching search ends? In the meantime, Rutgers is a historic underdog to No. 2 Ohio State…
Can Greg Schiano, Rutgers cross the goal line and reunite?
Nov 4, 2019 • 47 min
Greg Schiano is coming home. We think. A wild week at Rutgers concluded with the news the Scarlet Knights and their former head coach are trending toward a dramatic reunion as the program celebrates its 150th anniversary. What does it mean if it happens?…
Rutgers won and Greg Schiano was in town. What does it all mean?
Oct 29, 2019 • 39 min
It was a big weekend for Rutgers football on and off the field. The Scarlet Knights upset Liberty to end their six-game losing streak, then former coach Greg Schiano showed up in Asbury Park to send the current coaching search into its most intriguing…
If Rutgers can’t hire Greg Schiano, who should it hire?
Oct 21, 2019 • 45 min
Rutgers was blown out by Minnesota, but who really wants to talk about that? Instead, we spent most of this week’s episode discussing the Scarlet Knights’ coaching search. Is Greg Schiano interested in the job? Is Pat Hobbs interested in Schiano? Who are…
Did Rutgers football hit rock bottom with Indiana loss?
Oct 14, 2019 • 39 min
Rutgers had one (1) passing yard in its 35-0 loss at Indiana and has now been outscored 165-7 in Big Ten play. The numbers are staggering and they beg the question: Have the Scarlet Knights hit rock bottom? What coach would even want this job? Is there…
The Rutgers coaching search, Week 2: Latest on Greg Schiano, plus Nunzio Campanile’s debut and redshirt talk
Oct 7, 2019 • 45 min
The mayhem around Rutgers football has not subsided. Nunzio Campanile’s debut as interim head coach was complicated by the apparent redshirt decisions of Raheem Blackshear and Artur Sitkowski, and then ended with a blowout loss to Maryland. The coaching…
Chris Ash fired, and Rutgers’ coaching search is on. Is Greg Schiano coming home?
Sep 30, 2019 • 36 min
The Chris Ash era is over. Rutgers has fired the head coach after three-plus seasons and an 8-32 record. Where do the Scarlet Knights go from here? We talk Nunzio Campanile’s stunning ascendance to interim head coach, this week’s best Greg Schiano rumor,…
Is there any way Rutgers’ Chris Ash can save his job?
Sep 24, 2019 • 35 min
Rutgers came to the fork in the road and took it. But it was the wrong direction. After a disappointing loss to Boston College, head coach Chris Ash’s seat is as hot as ever. Is there a chance Ash could be fired before the season ends? And does he have…
Is Rutgers’ game vs. Boston College suddenly winnable?
Sep 16, 2019 • 39 min
Boston College is coming off an upset to Kansas and that means Rutgers can start dreaming of an upset of its old Big East rival in an all-important Week 4 clash for Chris Ash and the Scarlet Knights. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
Did Rutgers’ ugly loss at Iowa prove offense will be abysmal again?
Sep 9, 2019 • 44 min
The good vibes around Rutgers football did not last long. The Scarlet Knights were embarrassed, especially on offense, in a 30-0 loss at nationally-ranked Iowa. The defeat has Chris Ash’s program reeling with an open date before a critical home game…
Did McLane Carter’s debut change Rutgers’ expectations heading to Iowa?
Sep 3, 2019 • 39 min
McLane Carter was solid in his debut for Rutgers, but can the quarterback lead the Scarlet Knights to an upset over Iowa in their Big Ten opener in Week 2? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
How many games will Rutgers football win in 2019?
Aug 27, 2019 • 38 min
The 2019 Rutgers football season is here. And we don’t know who the quarterback is. Well, kind of. Everyone expects McLane Carter, but head coach Chris Ash wants to keep it a mystery - and he is going to great lengths to do so. Plus the Scarlet Knights…
Rutgers ticket sales plummet: What does it mean for future of program?
Aug 20, 2019 • 44 min
NJ.com reporters discuss how the Rutgers football ticket sales are on the decline and what it means for the future of Chris Ash and the Scarlet Knights. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Now Rutgers has a real QB competition. Will McLane Carter beat out Artur Sitkowski?
Aug 13, 2019 • 36 min
McLane Carter was the star of Rutgers’ open practice, and now he is getting snaps with the first team along with incumbent starter Artur Sitkowski. The Scarlet Knights officially have a quarterback battle. But where will it lead them? We break down the QB…
It’s time for Rutgers football again! Will ‘significant improvement’ follow?
Aug 7, 2019 • 46 min
The 2019 Scarlet Knights football season is in full swing. We discuss what we’ve seen so far in training camp, what Rutgers can do to generate more buzz in the fanbase and more. Also, we discuss the launch of Rutgers Sports Insider. See acast.com/privacy…
Rutgers has 2 wrestling national champions. What’s next for the Scarlet Knights? | S3:E16
Mar 25, 2019 • 32 min
Rutgers experienced a breakthrough night on Saturday in Pittsburgh when wrestlers Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano won national titles. Where does the wrestling program go from here? And what does this mean for the entire athletics department. We also…
Has Rutgers football won the offseason? And what about the hoops team? | S3:E15
Mar 1, 2019 • 39 min
After three months off, we’re back. NJ.com’s James Kratch, Steve Politi and Keith Sargeant discuss the surging Rutgers men’s basketball program, preview the start of football spring practice, examine C. Vivian Stringer’s status and the women’s basketball…
Chris Ash survived 1-11. Where does Rutgers go now? | S3:E14
Nov 26, 2018 • 42 min
Rutgers’ 2018 season ended at 1-11, as expected. Chris Ash is still the team’s head coach, as expected. So where do the Scarlet Knights go from here? We discuss this miserable year, athletics director Pat Hobbs’ statement announcing Ash’s return, take an…
Where does Chris Ash stand before Rutgers’ final game of 2018? | S3:E13
Nov 19, 2018 • 38 min
Rutgers has finally reached the final game week of the 2018 season. Will it be the final game of Chris Ash’s tenure as head coach too? There’s a sense of uncertainty around the Scarlet Knights as they look toward Michigan State and their last chance to…
Is Penn State a winnable game in any way for Rutgers? | S3:E12
Nov 12, 2018 • 38 min
Rutgers didn’t lose 78-0 to Michigan, but the Wolverines did dominate them again. Next up, Penn State, which is not as good as it has been, but is still one of the Big Ten’s top teams. Is there any way the Scarlet Knights can compete? Plus, C. Vivian…
Should Rutgers be worried Michigan might score 70 again? | S3:E11
Nov 5, 2018 • 34 min
The Scarlet Knights returned from their bye week and put up a stronger-than-expected fight in a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin. Now they’ll host No. 4-ranked Michigan. Should Rutgers fans be worried Jim Harbaugh will score 78 points again? Was the loss to the…
Will Rutgers use close loss to Northwestern as sign of hope going forward? | S3:E10
Oct 22, 2018 • 34 min
Rutgers lost its seventh straight game this past weekend against Northwestern, but delivered its best performance of the season in the close 18-15 loss. Will this game be used as a reason for hope going forward after Chris Ash’s revitalized defense…
Could November be the key to Chris Ash’s future at Rutgers? | S3:E9
Oct 15, 2018 • 33 min
We re-assess head coach Chris Ash’s standing after Rutgers’ sixth straight loss. Plus, we discuss quarterback Artur Sitkowski’s struggles, Ash’s decision to take more control of the offense and columnist Steve Politi sends a personal message to Greg…
Is Rutgers coach Chris Ash’s seat officially hot? | S3:E8
Oct 8, 2018 • 31 min
Rutgers is 1-5 and on its way to 1-11 after a 38-17 home loss to Illinois, the Scarlet Knights’ fifth straight loss. Every week, we ask the same question: If Rutgers goes 1-11, does head coach Chris Ash get fired? The answer hasn’t changed, but things may…
Did Rutgers score a moral victory in close loss to Indiana? | S3:E7
Oct 1, 2018 • 40 min
Rutgers lost its fourth straight game this past weekend, but it didn’t get blown out like in the first three defeats. Did the Scarlet Knights get a moral victory instead with their 24-17 loss to Indiana? Can Rutgers now end the bleeding and beat Illinois?…
Does reeling Rutgers have any answers to turn things around? | S3:E6
Sep 25, 2018 • 35 min
The Scarlet Knights got hammered by Buffalo last weekend and are 17-point underdogs at home to Indiana. Is there anything Chris Ash and Rutgers can do to stop the bleeding and end the three-game losing streak? Where is athletics director Pat Hobbs? Can…
Rutgers’ ugly loss to Kansas: Is Chris Ash on the hot seat? | S3:E5
Sep 17, 2018 • 38 min
Rutgers suffered a stunning 55-14 loss at Kansas, and some humiliated Scarlet Knights fans are calling for head coach Chris Ash’s job. Is he in any danger of being fired? Will Rutgers make a quarterback change for Buffalo, and should it? See…
Artur Sitkowski is OK, but what was Rutgers thinking? | S3:E4
Sep 11, 2018 • 35 min
Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski’s injury scare was just that - a scare. But why did Chris Ash and John McNulty have him throwing the ball in the first place? We discuss the 52-3 loss to Ohio State and what to expect from Kansas. See acast.com/privacy…
Is Rutgers ready for Ohio State after Texas-sized win? | S3:E3
Sep 4, 2018 • 31 min
Steve Politi, James Kratch and Keith Sargeant discuss the Texas State triumph while looking ahead to a Week 2 trip to Ohio State. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What Rutgers fans can expect from freshman QB Art Sitkowski | S3:E2
Aug 27, 2018 • 36 min
Steve Politi, James Kratch and Keith Sargeant talk about what Rutgers fans can expect from new quarterback Art Sitkowski, preview the Texas State game and offer fans a chance to rename the podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Will Rutgers reach the magic number of 6 wins in 2018? | S3:E1
Aug 22, 2018 • 36 min
Reporters Steve Politi, Keith Sargeant and James Kratch preview the Rutgers football season, and the question is: Will the Scarlet Knights go bowling in Chris Ash’s third campaign? To do so, RU will need to reach six wins. See acast.com/privacy for…
Special recruiting episode: How does early signing period impact Rutgers? | S2:E14
Dec 18, 2017 • 48 min
A new NCAA rule allows Rutgers to sign most of its 2018 recruiting class in December. Is that a good thing? Who can play immediately? What’s next in recruiting? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Setting up expectations for the 2018 season | S2:E13
Nov 28, 2017 • 39 min
Fresh off covering a 4-8 campaign in Year 2 of the Ash era, NJ.com reporters discuss the expectations for Rutgers next season. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Would a blowout loss to Michigan State stain Rutgers’ season? | S2:E12
Nov 20, 2017 • 30 min
Fresh off the Indiana debacle, would Rutgers fans perceive the team’s progress in 2017 differently with a lopsided loss to Michigan State? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Should Rutgers start Johnathan Lewis at QB in final 2 games? | S2:E11
Nov 13, 2017 • 32 min
As Rutgers continues its bowl quest, should Chris Ash play for the future by starting freshman Johnathan Lewis at QB against either Indiana or Michigan State? Plus, our team of college football analysts explain once and for all why Penn State is not more…
What will it take for Rutgers-Penn State to become a rivalry? | S2:E10
Nov 6, 2017 • 36 min
While Penn State has traditionally dominated on the field, can Rutgers turn its annual affair against the Nittany Lions to a legit rivalry game? Plus, a deeper dive into the Scarlet Knights’ bowl chances. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
Why a 5-7 Rutgers team can go bowling | S2:E9
Oct 30, 2017 • 33 min
We discuss why Rutgers and Maryland, with second-year coaches trying to rebuild their respective programs, can use this Big Ten game as a measuring stick. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Would Rutgers be a bowl team in a realigned Big Ten? | S2:E8
Oct 23, 2017 • 37 min
As a rematch with Michigan looms, bowl-hungry Rutgers has to wonder about an alternate Big Ten. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Can Rutgers put together a Big Ten winning streak? | S2:E7
Oct 16, 2017 • 37 min
Fresh off the Illinois win, Rutgers and Chris Ash have an unexpected Purdue problem. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Should Rutgers focus on playing for the future or winning now? | S2:E6
Oct 3, 2017 • 36 min
Rutgers has lost 16 straight Big Ten games. Is stopping their losing streak more important than playing freshmen? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Is Rutgers playing to keep scores close? | S2:E5
Sep 25, 2017 • 35 min
We discuss the Scarlet Knights’ offensive philosophy as defensive guru Greg Schiano returns to the banks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Why Nebraska is a winnable game for Rutgers | S2:E4
Sep 18, 2017 • 31 min
NJ.com’s Rutgers football crew opines on whether or not freshmen can spark an upset of Nebraska in their Big Ten opener. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What the *&%$# happened? The Eastern Michigan debacle | S2:E3
Sep 11, 2017 • 32 min
We reflect on Eastern Michigan upsetting Rutgers and discuss where the Scarlet Knights go from here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Look back at Washington, ahead to Eastern Michigan | S2:E2
Sep 6, 2017 • 29 min
With the 30-14 loss to Washington in the books, we offer takeaways on the season opener and look ahead to what lies ahead for the Scarlet Knights in Week 2. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Previewing Year 2 of the Ash era | S2:E1
Aug 30, 2017 • 29 min
NJ Advance Media reporters Steve Politi, Ryan Dunleavy and Keith Sargeant share their thoughts on the hot-button issues facing the Rutgers football program heading into the 2017 season, and also address the “Rostergate’’ controversy between NJ.com and…
Will the Chris Ash Era be a Success? | S1:E8
Dec 6, 2016 • 41 min
You’ve heard about the attempts to create a new culture at Rutgers and turn the football program around. But will it actually happen? Can it actually happen? In our season finale, join us for a roundtable discussion on the future of Rutgers Football under…
The Quest to Raise $100 Million | S1:E7
Nov 21, 2016 • 35 min
When Patrick Hobbs was hired as Rutgers’ new athletic director, he made fundraising a priority. What Rutgers needed — and what Hobbs wanted — was 100 million dollars. But how can a rebuilding program possibly raise that much money? We introduce you to…
Pandemonium in Piscataway, 10 Years Later | S1:E6
Nov 1, 2016 • 35 min
November 9, 2006: Rutgers 28, Louisville 25. The Scarlet Knights had never beaten a team ranked as high as No. 3 in the country until this game. Now, as we near the 10-year anniversary of the greatest win in Rutgers Football history, we go behind the…
Investing in Conditioning and Nutrition | S1:E5
Oct 18, 2016 • 31 min
Chris Ash has invested heavily in nutrition and Sports Science to catch up to other Big Ten programs, and it’s Kenny Parker’s job to run the show. Officially, Parker is Rutgers’ strength and conditioning coordinator. Unofficially? He’s much more than…
Jim Harbaugh vs. Rutgers | S1:E4
Oct 4, 2016 • 35 min
There’s a new rival in town, and his name is Jim Harbaugh. The University of Michigan coach continues to pluck the best New Jersey high school football talent from Rutgers’ backyard, and Chris Ash is no longer letting it happen without a fight. We take…
Keeping N.J. Recruits Home | S1:E3
Sep 20, 2016 • 29 min
Chris Ash can change the uniforms, offensive schemes and anything else about the Rutgers Football program, but he knows as well as anyone that talent wins games. How do you get the best high school football players to play for Rutgers, especially the ones…
The Spread Offense | S1:E2
Sep 6, 2016 • 22 min
The Chris Ash Era has begun. The rookie head coach charged onto the banks making sweeping changes to every aspect of the program. One of the biggest and most intriguing changes: a new fast-paced offense. Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer…
An Unlikely Partnership | S1:E1
Aug 30, 2016 • 27 min
Most Rutgers fans had never heard of Patrick Hobbs or Chris Ash a year ago. In fact, neither man had even heard of the other. Now, they’re the two most important people in Rutgers athletics. This is the unlikely partnership of a new athletic director and…
Coming Aug. 30 — Rebuilding Rutgers: From The Ashes
Aug 18, 2016 • 0 min
A sneak preview of NJ Advance Media’s newest podcast. Rebuilding Rutgers: From The Ashes takes you inside the new Rutgers Football regime, led by a rookie head coach and new athletic director. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.