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Tom Luicci
Senior Director of Digital Media

Rutgers fans,

Tom Luicci

We know you have questions. Lots of them. Hopefully, we can get you answers.

So we're offering a new feature: A chance for you to ask questions about anything related to the athletic department -- from a specific team to a way to communicate indirectly with athletic director Julie Hermann. Email me and I will do my best to get an answer to most reasonable inquiries, though you should be forewarned: Starting Aug. 1 I will be at football practice on a daily basis filing reports each day. So football will be the emphasis then.

The hope is, with enough questions from you, we will start a weekly mailbag (or two, if needed).

My email address is tluicci@scarletknights.com

Hope to hear from you soon.

Tom Luicci
Senior Director of Digital Media
RC '77

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Articles by Tom Luicci

Notebook: Alexander Hopes to Keep One Long-Distance Fan Happy

Kirksey's Goal Against Navy: Be a Dominant Force Inside
Kenneth Kirksey has never actually seen the famous nose guard performance from Rutgers’ 2006 game at Navy, but he’s heard plenty about it, especially this week.

Meet New Rutgers Women's Golf Coach Kari Williams
It’s not the typical route taken by head coaches who eventually wind up at Rutgers. Kari Williams was raised in Wyoming, went to college in Hawaii and was a high school coach in California before heading East.

Waters Hoping to Make a Big Splash Against Navy

Rutgers' Best Option For Navy's Offense? Brian Verbitski
For the crucial role he’s playing in practice this week, Rutgers’ Brian Verbitski is not taking any chances with his preparation. No detail is too small. Not tidbit of information is unimportant.

Too Many Mistakes Proved to be Rutgers' Undoing
The obvious mistakes were right there on the final stat book: Five interceptions. But Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, after a film review of Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Penn State in the Scarlet Knights’ inaugural Big Ten Conference game, said he found plenty of other reasons.

Rutgers Band Members to Perform at Children's Hospital
Twenty-six members of the Rutgers University Marching Band will combine two unique opportunities during one trip to New York City on Monday.

Rutgers Players `Hurting' After Seeing Victory Slip Away

Rutgers Falls, 13-10, on Late Penn State Touchdown Run
One bad defensive series -- after nearly 57 minutes of stellar play by the unit -- proved to be Rutgers' undoing in its Big Ten Conference opener last night.

Game Day: Rutgers vs. Penn State
Rutgers football hosts Penn State tonight at 8:12 p.m. to open Big Ten Conference play. The game will be televised live on BTN.

Notebook: Flood Says Contract Upgrades Will Help in Recruiting

Rutgers' Big Ten Opener Hits `Home' for Several Players

Rutgers Offensive Line Set for "Big" Challenge
By the end of the season, a challenge like the one Penn State’s defensive line poses for Rutgers’ offensive line will probably seem routine. It’s part of what makes the Big Ten the Big Ten – size in the trenches.

Rutgers Notebook: Defense Facing Another Challenging Quarterback Test

James' Running Style is a Product of His Youth
Growing up with three older brothers in a football family, Paul James was forced to constantly improvise to avoid getting pummeled whenever a game broke out.

Tyler Kroft Overdue for Breakout Game

Anticipation Building For Rutgers' Big Ten Opener Saturday
It’s one game and one game only, and for all of the hype surrounding Rutgers’ anticipated first Big Ten Conference game against Penn State on Saturday night, reading too much into whatever the result is would be a mistake, head coach Kyle Flood said today.

James Shows Another Side With Receiving Ability

Rutgers Players Vow Improvement For Penn State
One sluggish performance in the sweltering humidity and oppressive conditions of High Point Solutions Stadium against a team they were supposed to manhandle is no reason to panic.

Gary Nova, Paul James Lead Rutgers to 38-25 Victory
Paul James’ singular ability to change a game – this time when Rutgers surprisingly needed a pick-me-up – helped the Scarlet Knights to a 31-7 halftime lead en route to a 38-25 win over Howard.

Game Day: Rutgers vs. Howard
Information for today's Rutgers home opener against Howard. Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. on BTN.

Ask R Tom Mailbag -- Sept. 5, 2014

Rutgers Basketball Welcomes Impactful "Signee" Sean Moffitt
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers’ newest men’s basketball “recruit” won’t impress anyone with his size, but he does dazzle everyone with his smile and attitude.

Rutgers Football Notebook: Will Opportunities Arise Saturday?

Peoples Finds Out That Year-long Hard Work Pays Off
Flood knows that Rutgers needs the 5-8, 175-pound Peoples to be a reliable complement to Paul James as much as Peoples wants to contribute.

Milewski Says Opener Has Raised Excitement Levels

Janarion Grant Hoping to Continue Getting His Kicks
If it’s a trend for the future, Janarion Grant is all for it. Despite his success as a kick returner last year, the Rutgers sophomore found that his reputation apparently didn’t precede him in last week’s season opener.

Rutgers' Longest Season Ticket Holder Honored by Football

Rutgers Notebook: Leonte Carroo Expecting Extra Attention

Rutgers' Experienced Offensive Line Off to Strong Start
By the numbers, it’s pretty much what a coach would want from an experienced offensive line against a quality opening-day opponent: 215 rushing yards (and a 5.0-yard average), 281 passing yards, one sack allowed, 41 points produced.

Rutgers Notebook: Paul James, John Tsimis and More

Michael Burton's Blocking Key to Rutgers' Offensive Success

Kyle Flood Pleased But Sees Plenty of Room for Improvement

Rutgers Made All the Late Plays That Counted in Opening Victory

Game Day: Rutgers vs. Washington State
Gameday information and preview for tonight's matchup between Rutgers and Washington State (10 p.m., Fox Sports 1).

Tuesday Notebook: Opportunities abound for Breakout Players
Trying to predict which Rutgers players will use Thursday’s opener against Washington State as their breakout performance is a little trickier than it was a year ago at this time, but there are a few intriguing possibilities.

Justin Goodwin Eager for Debut at Cornerback

Rutgers Defensive Line Facing a Major Challenge
The toughest thing for Rutgers’ defensive linemen to come to grips with in Thursday’s opener is that for all the passing the Cougars do it really won’t afford that many opportunities to sack quarterback Connor Halliday.

Ask R Tom Mailbag -- Aug. 25, 2014

Football Notebook: Youth Will be Served at WR and TE
A new season means new names and new faces in key roles. That might not have been head coach Kyle Flood’s original plan on offense for Rutgers’ season opener against Washington State on Thursday in Seattle, but it’s the reality of the situation now.

Rutgers Prepared if Opener Against Washington State is a Shootout
If Thursday’s season opener against Washington State turns into a shootout, Rutgers’ offensive players insist they’re ready for it, just as they were in last year’s opener at Fresno State and then at SMU, two wild high-scoring affairs.

Rutgers Bracing for Latest NFL Stadium Experience
Of all the NFL stadiums that Rutgers has played in recently, CenturyLink Field – where the Scarlet Knights open against Washington State on Aug. 28 in Seattle – will be different from the rest for one significant reason.

Q&A With Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Mike O’Koren
Mike O’Koren’s basketball resumé reads like New Jersey hoops royalty. He starred at Hudson Catholic before becoming a two-time All-American and was a first round NBA Draft pick, playing eight years in the NBA.

Rutgers' Defense Bracing for Pass-Happy Washington State
From a defensive standpoint, there’s almost no doubt about what will come to pass when Rutgers opens its season against Washington State on Aug. 28. A quick review of the final NCAA statistics from the 2013 is all that’s required.

CB Dre Boggs Tops List of True Frosh Impact Players

Fifth-Year Seniors Feel Sense of Accomplishment After Final Camp
Rutgers officially begins preparation on Wednesday for the opener against Washington State on Aug. 28, meaning the summer grind of camp, a regimen of all football that includes double sessions under a blazing sun in full pads, is over.

Peoples Finally Ready to Deliver on His Potential

Rutgers Camp Notebook: RBs More Involved in the Offense
If Rutgers’ second and final scrimmage is any indication, the Scarlet Knights’ running backs can expect to be a lot more involved in the passing game than they have been recently.

Season Football Ticket Sales Reach Record 30,721
A program-record 30,721 season tickets have been sold – eclipsing the old mark of 30,500 set in 2009 – and just 367 seats remain for the Scarlet Knights’ Big Ten opener against Penn State on Sept. 13 at High Point Solutions Stadium, the school announced today.

Scrimmage Notebook: Laviano and Agudosi Excel
Two players looking for more expanded roles for Rutgers this season stated their respective cases in convincing fashion during the Scarlet Knights’ final preseason scrimmage tonight.

James Breaks Free During Saturday Scrimmage
Between spring practice, when Paul James was held out of contact entirely, and this preseason camp, when his live action has been closely monitored, it’s easy to forget what a difference-maker he is on Rutgers’ offense.

Rutgers OT Keith Lumpkin Vows: No More Mr. Nice Guy
Lumpkin now has a foundation in for being Rutgers’ next top offensive lineman, starting all 13 games last year after appearing in just three in 2012. The former standout at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, was solid throughout the season – proving early on that he could handle the position.

Rutgers Football Legendary Moments Campaign Announced
“Legendary Moments,” a new social media feature that highlights some of the greatest moments in the 145-year history of Rutgers football, will serve as a three-week countdown starting on Saturday August 16, to the home opener against Howard on Sept. 6, it was announced Friday.

Wide Receiver John Tsimis Proving to be Quite the Catch

Justin Goodwin's Switch to CB is on the Fast Track
With exactly two weeks left before Rutgers’ season opener against Washington State, any chance Justin Goodwin has of making an effective transition from running back to cornerback requires putting him on a fast track.

Backup Quarterback Chris Laviano Ready if Called Upon

Rutgers Turns to RB Justin Goodwin to Plug Hole at CB
Justin Goodwin, the Scarlet Knights’ backup tailback, suddenly found himself on a crash course trying to learn cornerback, after meeting with coach Kyle Flood in the morning to discuss a position switch.

Chris Laviano Earns Rutgers' Backup Quarterback Job
Redshirt freshman Chris Laviano has earned the backup spot over junior Mike Bimonte, although Flood acknowledged tonight – following the second of two practices on the day – that there wasn’t a significant difference between the two. Neither has taken a snap in a college game.

QB Gary Nova Adds Name to List of Two-time Rutgers Captains
Two-time captains aren’t particularly rare at Rutgers recently, but those achieving the distinction have had to prove they deserved the honor the second time around.

LeGrand and Taliaferro to Serve as Game Captains for Rutgers-Penn State Game
Eric LeGrand of Rutgers and Penn State’s Adam Taliaferro, forever linked through horrific spinal cord injuries suffered on the field and their courageous recovery efforts that followed, will serve as honorary game captains when the Scarlet Knights face the Nittany Lions.

Darius Hamilton Emerging as Rutgers' Next Defensive Standout
As comparisons goes, it’s the highest praise that can be bestowed upon on a Rutgers defensive lineman, sort of like comparing another running back to Ray Rice or a tight end to Marco Battaglia or a linebacker to Khaseem Greene.

Rutgers' Latest Scrimmage Could Produce Depth Chart Tweaks
To this point, most of the tweaks that have been made to Rutgers’ depth chart have been necessitated by injuries. That may be about to change after the Scarlet Knights completed their first full scrimmage of the summer today.

Ralph Friedgen Looking to Bring Out Best in QB Gary Nova

WR Andrew Turzilli Happy he Found a Home at Rutgers
There were two advantages that Rutgers had that made Andrew Turzilli’s decision an easy one when the wide receiver decided to leave Kansas this spring and play his final season of college football somewhere else as a graduate transfer.

Rutgers Secondary Intends to no Longer be a Primary Concern

Rutgers Adds Experience With New Punter Tim Gleeson
This probably isn’t quite what Rutgers University officials had in mind when they coined the slogan “Jersey Roots, Global Reach,” but it works for head football coach Kyle Flood. Recruiting in the State of Rutgers has gone Down Under.

Offensive Guard Dorian Miller Hoping to Make Most of Current Opportunity

BTN Presence, Ex-Rutgers Stars Help Energize Practice
Rutgers' practice Friday featured a visit from the Big Ten Network, as well as many former Scarlet Knights in attendance.

Notebook: Backup Quarterback Decision Could Arrive Soon

Rutgers QB Gary Nova: "This is the Best I've Ever Felt"
His demeanor appears to be calmer and more self-assured without coming off as cocky, his body language is better and his connection with the offensive coordinator – his fourth in as many years – is the best one he has had yet in college.

Consistently Solid Play Helped Gary Nova Earn Starting QB Job Again

Nova Named Starting Quarterback
Rutgers will have a familiar figure under center for its season opener against Washington State on Aug. 28, with head coach Kyle Flood announcing tonight that senior Gary Nova will be the Scarlet Knights’ starting quarterback.

Rutgers' Kemoko Turay Looking to Throw his Weight Around at DE

Rutgers Players Manage to Beat the Heat in First Day of Pads

Rutgers' Half-Scrimmage Produces Good Give and Take
There was just enough give-and-take, just enough big plays on both sides of the line, to leave Rutgers coach Kyle Flood – pre-film review, of course – feeling satisfied today with what he saw from his team’s first half-scrimmage of preseason camp.

T.J. Taylor Looking to Make Impact at Weak Side Linebacker

Rutgers Gears Up for Half-Scrimmage on Tuesday With Full Contact
The “uneventful” phase of preseason football practice is already over, four sessions in. Rutgers dons full pads and goes to full contact on Tuesday, with a half-scrimmage scheduled that will possibly have the first impact on the Scarlet Knights’ depth chart.

Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft Looking to Build off Breakout Year

RB Justin Goodwin Adds Bulk in Hopes of Becoming a More Complete Player
In a backfield that’s both crowded and brimming with talent, Justin Goodwin knows the closer he gets to being a complete back the better his chances are of getting carries.

Rutgers Redshirt Freshman Sebastian Joseph Ready to Make an Impact at Nose Guard

Rutgers Guard Kaleb Johnson Focused Solely on Senior Season
Once Kaleb Johnson made the decision in January to bypass the NFL Draft and return for his senior season at Rutgers, there was no second-guessing, no looking back – and definitely no disappointment.

Rutgers Cornerbacks Eager to Make Amends for Last Season
As bad as the experience seemed to be at times last year – and statistically it was a nightmare – Rutgers cornerbacks Nadir Barnwell and Anthony Cioffi insist they’re better off for what they went through as true freshmen.

Rutgers Football Notebook: Day 1 of Preseason Camp
Kyle Flood was looking for Rutgers’ first pre-season practice to be little more than an extension of the team’s last spring session. That’s exactly what the Scarlet Knights’ third-year coach saw today on the field.

Report Day Notebook
The Rutgers football team reported back to campus Thursday with training camp set to begin Friday in Piscataway.

Nova Prepares for Senior Season
It’s the one question that continues to loom over Rutgers’ offense more prominently than any other. Will a new offensive coordinator (Ralph Friedgen) result in a new and improved Gary Nova at quarterback?

Building Depth on the Defensive Line
Whether he looks to his immediate right or left along the Rutgers defensive line this year Darius Hamilton likes what he sees. The assembled talent is a major part of that, of course.

2014 Big Ten Media Festivities Wrap Up
Two days of Big Ten football media festivities ended today in the massive ballroom at the Chicago Hilton, where all 14 league coaches and 42 players were in one setting for what is almost certainly the last time this year.

Lorenzo Waters Prepared for Leadership Role in Secondary
The role Lorenzo Waters finds himself in this football season isn’t one that came naturally or easily. But as he enters his fifth year at Rutgers – and his third as the Scarlet Knights’ starting strong safety – it’s one he’s embraced.

Q&A with Offensive Coordinator Ralph Friedgen
Scarletknights.com recently sat down with Ralph Friedgen for a wide-ranging interview with his first pre-season camp as offensive coordinator at Rutgers set to begin August 1.

Rutgers Athletics Launches R Fund
Among its features, R Fund offers supporters automatic membership into the program and donors have the option of designating their gift to one or more of three priorities: The R Scholarship Fund, the Big Ten Champions Fund and the Big Ten Build Fund.

Q&A With Rutgers Marching Band Director Tim Smith
Rutgers Marching Band Director Tim Smith sat down with Scarletknights.com to discuss Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten and how it affects the Marching Band, his plans for the coming season and his vision for the future of the band.

Record Football Ticket Sales Continue for Rutgers' Inaugural Big Ten Campaign
Nearly three weeks before Rutgers makes single-game football tickets available to the general public, the school has already surpassed 27,000 season packages sold – a whopping 46 percent increase from just two years ago.

Q and A with Assistant Coach Bob Fraser
Even when Bob Fraser was 1,100 miles away in Tampa coaching in the NFL the past two years, Rutgers was never far from him.

Q&A With Defensive Coordinator Joe Rossi
Joe Rossi understands the challenges Rutgers’ defense is facing this football season better than anyone. But he also has plenty of reasons for optimism that the unit will improve dramatically following a nightmarish statistical season.

Ask R Tom Mailbag - July 4, 2014
Let’s start the next countdown now that the B1G celebration is over: Marking the days until the start of pre-season football camp on Aug. 1. Until then, keep the questions coming. I’ll be around all summer to answer them when they start accumulating in my mailbox.

Ask R Tom Mailbag - June 25, 2014
Thanks for a solid initial response to the new “Ask R Tom” feature. As more questions come in I’ll compile more of these mailbag-type posts. I tried to answer as many of the questions as I could. If yours did not make the cut this time it’s probably because it was a recruiting question and I can’t – and won’t – answer those.

A Walk To Believe
There are plenty of ways Kyle Flood could have spent a rare weekend day off with his family, but none better, according to Rutgers’ third-year football coach, than where he was Saturday morning.

Q&A with Eddie Jordan
A year ago at this time Eddie Jordan was a new coach preparing for a new league with a strange roster. The league will be new again – after spending last season in the AAC, Rutgers officially joins the Big Ten on July 1 – but Jordan’s comfort level now has him prepared for what’s ahead.

Rutgers B1G Signage Placed Around State
Rutgers has already called for its first blitz on the Big Ten. Twenty-two billboards throughout the state, placed strategically to appeal to local residents, are currently trumpeting the school’s upcoming membership in the Big Ten.

R Athletics Year In Review
It’s easy to get caught looking ahead these days at Rutgers with so much of the focus on the school officially joining the Big Ten on July 1. The reality is – even before that historic event occurs – 2014 has already provided its share of athletic highlights to celebrate.

RFootball Participates in Special Olympics New Jersey Opening Ceremonies
David Milewski’s tireless involvement in charity work is something he almost always does for the simple joy of giving. But his appearance along with 18 teammates and head coach Kyle Flood at Friday night’s opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics took on a personal meaning.

Football Mini-Plan Sales Already Surpass 2013 Totals
The impact of Rutgers’ inaugural Big Ten football season continues to be felt at the box office, with the school already surpassing last year’s sales totals for three-game mini-plans prior to those plans being made available to the general public.

Pritzlaff Convinced Rutgers Will Make Mark in Big Ten
Few people understand the daunting challenge that Big Ten wrestling presents to a new arrival like Rutgers than Donny Pritzlaff.

Former Rutgers Tight End Fabian Ruiz Finds His New Calling in Law
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey honors former Scarlet Knight tight end Fabian Ruiz law school scholarship.

Moose Memories
With Rutgers honoring Hill by retiring his No. 24 in a ceremony Saturday prior to the Scarlet Knights’ game against USF at Bainton Field, Scarletknights.com caught up with the winningest coach in school history – in any sport – to get his thoughts...

RFootball Looks Ahead to NFL Draft
Two questions loom over Rutgers football as the NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday. What round will wide receiver Brandon Coleman be selected in? And how many of his teammates will join him in hearing their names called at pro football’s annual talent grab?

As Graduation Nears, Jeremy Deering Awaits Opportunity in NFL
When Jeremy Deering made the decision to graduate on time this month instead of postponing his final semester to prepare for the NFL Draft – a common practice among college football players – it wasn’t advice from any particular person that convinced him to do so.

Delany Heads East to Help Kick Off R B1G Tour Stops
With Rutgers set to kick off the first of six premier R B1G Tour stops Friday in New York City, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has made the trip East to be part of the festivities.

Football Season Tickets Sales See Sharp Increase
Rutgers fans are quickly making the school’s inaugural Big Ten football season a tough ticket. The latest football season ticket count – as of the April 30 deadline to renew – shows an increase of nearly 1,900 season tickets compared to last year and a 27 percent increase over the 2012 season, when the Big Ten formally announced the addition of Rutgers.

Rutgers Athletics Welcomes Tom Luicci
Before we move forward by adding new features and enhancements to scarletknights.com, I hope you’ll keep my email handy. It’s tluicci@scarletknights.com.


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