Published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 AT 11:20 PM / Updated at 11:20 PM
R-U rah rah: Background information on Rutgers
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

Men’s sports:
Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse
soccer, track and field, wrestling
Women’s sports: Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis,
track and field, volleyball
Chant: “R-U Rah Rah!
Band: “On the Banks of the Old Raritan”

Football facts
Kyle Flood (first season)
2012 record: 9-1
Stadium: High Point Solutions Stadium, formerly Rutgers Stadium (capacity: 52,454)
Bowl games: 7
Bowl record: 5-2
>> Rutgers, ranked 18th, can win a share of its first Big East title by beating Pittsburgh on Saturday.
>> Won the first college football game in history over Princeton.

10 Famous Athletes
Ray Rice, football
Marco Battaglia, football
Alexi Lalas, men’s soccer
Phil Sellers, men’s basketball
Jeff Torborg, baseball
Gary Brackett, football
David DeJesus, baseball
Cappie Pondexter, women’s basketball
Sue Wicks, women’s basketball
Carli Lloyd, women’s soccer

National titles
Rutgers hasn’t won a national championship in any sport since 1982, when the women’s basketball team captured the AIAW title

Five memorable Rutgers moments

Birthplace of college football
On Nov. 6, 1869 in New Brunswick, N.J, Rutgers hosted the first college football game. It beat Princeton, 6-4. Princeton won the second game of the season series, but the grudge match was never played. Faculties at both institutions protested, saying the games were interfering with student studies.

Final Four
After a perfect 26-0 regular season in 1975-76, Rutgers men’s basketball went on an NCAA tournament run. Led by future NBA coach Eddie Jordan, Rutgers beat Princeton by one point, then Connecticut and VMI, qualifying for the Final Four. Michigan awaited in the Final Four in Philadelphia. The Wolverines ended Rutgers’ Cinderella run.

Hall of Fame
Women’s basketball coach Vivian Stringer, the first coach to take three programs to the Final Four (Rutgers, Iowa, Cheyney State), was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 11, 2009. How big a deal was it? Her Hall of Fame classmates included Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton. Stringer, who’s been at Rutgers since 1995, is the third-winningest coach in women’s basketball history.

Pandemonium in Piscataway
On Nov. 9, 2006, Rutgers hosted its biggest football game in school history. Facing No. 2 Louisville on Thursday night on ESPN, Greg Schiano’s undefeated Scarlet Knights beat the Cardinals 28-25. They went on to finish 11-2 and No. 12 in the country.

Grand entrance
Eric LeGrand was an obscure defensive tackle in October 2010 when he collided with an Army kick returner and damaged his spinal cord. Doctors deemed him paralyzed. One year later, LeGrand rode his motorized wheelchair onto Rutgers’ home field, leading the Scarlet Knights onto the field for a game against West Virginia. Sports Illustrated selected it as the 2011 sports moment of the year.

About Dirk Chatelain

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