Episode No. 108 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast is a review of the 2022-2023 school year for Rutgers Athletics.
After an historic 2021-2022, Rutgers as a whole took a step back this past year. In regard to the Director’s Cup standings, a significant regression occurred. After finishing a school best No. 48 in 2021-2022, RU was only No. 130 this past year. It was its worst finish in over a decade. The Director’s Cup is based on NCAA Championship performance across all sports.
However, Rutgers was still competitive in Big Ten play in most sports. While programs like men’s and women’s lacrosse took a step back, both were close to returning to the NCAA Tournament.
Men’s basketball had a disappointing end to it’s season, but was still 10-10 in Big Ten play. Women’s soccer also had a disappointing end, but still made the NCAA Tournament once again. Wrestling had a down year also but still had seven NCAA qualifiers.
Men’s soccer was the highlight in winning the Big Ten Tournament championship and advancing the to NCAAs for the first time in seven years.
Programs like women’s basketball, gymnastics and softball took steps forward.
While the year was a disappointment overall, it was in part because expectations have rightly increased. No program bottomed out and all have key contributors returning for the 2023-2024 school year.
As a whole, the athletic department is stable. There is room for improvement and the pressure is on to respond positively on the field in the coming year. That being said, there reasons to be hopeful that it will be just that.
Listen and watch this episode below.
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