Former RU Baseball player and Cincinnati Reds agree to deal

Former Rutgers Baseball player and current Reds third baseman, Todd Frazier, has agreed to a deal with Cincinnati (ESPN, Feb. 8).

Frazier and the Reds reached an agreement Sunday on a two-year, $12 million contract. The 28-year-old attended Rutgers for two years before leaving in the midst of his junior season with the Scarlet Knights.

He avoided a salary arbitration hearing with the new deal, though he had been seeking $5.7 million in arbitration.

Stringer all-time winningest coach in Big 10 women’s basketball

Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer is the all-time winningest coach in Big Ten women’s basketball history (Asbury Park Press, Feb. 5).

The Scarlet Knights bested the Huskers 46-43 Thursday night as Stringer surpassed former Penn State coach Rene Portland and picked up her 177th win in Big Ten play (including her 13 seasons at Iowa from 1983-95)

“It makes me humble and grateful right from the beginning,” Stringer said. “Those were great times (at Iowa). I think about my husband and the kids when they were little. It brings back a lot of memories.”

Thursday’s win over Nebraska also marked the squad’s first Top 20 win of the season.

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Kyle Flood adds depth of RU football with new recruiting class

Unlike the 2014 recruiting class for RU football, coach Kyle Flood has every position represented and hopes to add depth to his squad with his 25 recruits for 2015 (NJ.com, Feb.4).

Rutgers announced their 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, National Signing Day.

“I think probably the signature of this recruiting class is going to be how they will add overall depth to our team,” Flood said. “With this recruiting class, every position group, every meeting room in this building gets stronger.”

In 2014, Flood’s 26-man recruiting class didn’t feature a single wide receiver. Now, in 2015, he has all the bases covered. To do that, Flood and his staff reached beyond their usual recruiting base to Florida for Rashad Blunt and Jawuan Harris and Pennsylvania for Dontae Owens.

“I am certainly conscious of the guys up front,” said Flood. “We took, I believe, nine linemen in total, four on offense, five on defense, and as coaches started to give me that advice, I listened and we tried to address it last year, we’ve addressed it again this year to continue to build depth up front. Continuing to build the depth up front offensively and defensively, I think that will be something you see continuously as we go forward with these recruiting classes.”

OL Jack Shutack commits to Rutgers

Illinois offensive lineman Jack Shutack has committed to Rutgers (NJ.com, Feb. 2).

the 6-6, 275-pounder from Nazareth Academy held offers from N.C. State, Iowa State, Minnesota and Western Michigan. He also visited the Tennessee Volunteers, but the Scarlet Knights won out in the end.

“It was how they preach family, a lot,” Shutack said. “That was a surprise because everybody does the cliche family thing, but it seemed like they actually live it there.”

Shutack had a visit from Kyle Flood last Wednesday before he took his final visit to Tennessee.

The offensive lineman, who is ranked No. 24 in Illinois’ 2015 recruiting class, claims to have not given up a sack in two years.

Zach Venesky to sign letter of intent on Wednesday

Zach Venesky, a 6’4″, 280-pound offensive lineman from Archibald Valley View High School in Pennsylvania, will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, officially committing himself to the Rutgers football program (Hellman, Feb. 2).

Venesky decided on Rutgers months ago, and was undeterred when other teams expressed interest in him after he made his intentions known:

“I was pretty highly recruited after [I committed]. Schools started to come in and talk to me. I was loyal to Rutgers. I gave them my word and everything, and that’s important.”

Rutgers football made nearly $2 million in 2013

According to a report, the Rutgers football program made close to $2 million in 2013, their biggest profit in the last 15 years (Sargeant, Feb. 2).

2013 was the only year Rutgers played in the American Athletic Conference (the remnant of the Big East).

According to the report, 2013 was only the second time in the last 10 years that Rutgers didn’t rely on money from the university’s general operating budget in order to meet their budget.

Among the factors cited for the large profit in 2013 were an additional home game, a large increase in marketing revenue, and a 26 percent increase in ticket revenue.

Regarding the potential profit for 2014, Rutgers athletics CFO Janine Purcaro said the football program had “great ticket revenue” this past season and that the expectation is that they’ll see another profit around $2 million.