The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are almost over but one of the best moments to happen over in South Korea came early Saturday morning stateside as Team USA completed an improbable run toward a gold medal in curling. John Shuster and company wound up capturing America’s first ever Olympic curling gold medal and fittingly won by beating the No. 1 ranked team in the world from Sweden in what is now being dubbed the Miracurl on Ice.
It’s no stretch to say that curling is not just enjoying its quadrennial moment in the spotlight but is genuinely seeing interest in the sport peak in places from coast-to-coast. That even includes the bustling winter sports capital of… Piscataway.
Rutgers offensive line apparently tried their hands at curling for the first time earlier this week and The Players’ Tribune sent along a camera to see how they did against a local club.
Let’s just say that the Scarlet Knights should stick to football. That said, a Big Ten curling tournament should definitely be in the works ASAP.
Either way, congrats to Team USA on the gold medal and let’s hope their victory tour includes teaching offensive lines far and wide how to bring the, ahem, hammer.
It was a busy day on the assistant hiring front for Chris Ash.
Earlier Thursday, Rutgers confirmed that Noah Joseph had been hired as co-defensive coordinator as well as safeties coach. Not long after, the football program again confirmed that Cory Robinson has been hired by Ash as well.
Robinson will serve as passing-game coordinator for the Scarlet Knights as well as cornerbacks coach.
“We are excited to have Cory and his family join our program,” said Ash in a statement. “Cory is a fast-rising young coach that will bring tremendous energy and passion to our defense. We look forward to having him develop and mentor our corners.”
Robinson spent the past two seasons as a cornerbacks coach, at Temple in 2017 and Toledo the year before. Those were his first two years as an on-field assistant at the FBS level.
In filling a hole on his Rutgers coaching staff, Chris Ash turned to a fellow Big Ten school to do it.
RU confirmed Thursday morning that Ash has added Noah Joseph as one of his 10 Scarlet Knight assistants. Joseph has been named as the football program’s co-defensive coordinator and will also serve as safeties coach.
Joseph had spent the past four seasons coaching safeties at Indiana. He was also that program’s defensive recruiting coordinator.
“I’d like to welcome Noah and his family to our football program,” said Ash in a statement. “His extensive experience coaching defensive backs in the Big Ten will be a tremendous asset for our players. He is a great teacher and outstanding recruiter.”
Prior to his time in Bloomington, his first on-field job at the FBS level was at North Texas as safeties coach from 2012-13.
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is staying in the Big Ten to replace a key member of his coaching staff from last season and doing so with somebody he actually used to coach.
NJ.com is reporting that the Scarlet Knights are on the verge of hiring Indiana’s Noah Joseph to be the program’s defensive backs coach. He will replace co-defensive coordinator Bill Busch, who left last week to take a similar position at LSU.
While Joseph has had a solid track record over his five years with the Hoosiers, what makes the hire really interesting is that he actually used to play for Ash back in the day when the pair was at Drake in the late 1990’s. The former Bulldogs captain later served as a graduate assistant under Ash at Drake and Iowa State to begin his coaching career as well.
Joseph also made stops at Eastern Illinois, Montana State and North Texas prior to heading to Bloomington.
Between the hiring of Nunzio Campanile as running backs coach and Joseph to handle defensive backs, Ash has just one more remaining vacancy on his coaching staff for the 2018 campaign.
Rutgers confirmed to NJ.com on Saturday morning that wide receiver Dacoven Bailey was no longer with the football team or at the school following a December arrest in his home state of Texas.
Bailey was charged with sexual assault shortly before New Year’s and released on bond not long after. He is one of four men in the North Texas area who were accused of raping a 15-year old girl in early July.
“I had no idea of any of it, neither did he. Not until December,” the player’s mother, Shileta Bailey, told KXII. “I didn’t raise him to do those things but everybody gets caught up in certain situations.”
The young Bailey had just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Scarlet Knights having played in 23 games over two years, including making three starts in 2017. He caught nine passes for 122 yards and a touchdown last season and also contributed on special teams and, occasionally, defense.
The school nor head coach Chris Ash have not released a statement beyond confirming to local reporters that Bailey was no longer with the team.