INDIANAPOLIS – Rutgers women’s basketball traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the Big Ten Media Days held at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the 2022 Big Ten tournament.
Associate Head Coach Tim Eatman, in addition to a graduate student Osh Brown and senior Lasha Petree, represented the program to a national media audience. Coach Eatman addressed the assembled media at a morning press conference on Big Ten Network, which was televised to more than 60 million homes across the country. Coach Eatman and the players then completed the challenge of media interviews, speaking with print media, TV partners (ESPN, FOX and Big Ten Network), national radio and more. The group ended the day with an appearance on Big Ten Network’s studio set in the afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights open the 2021-22 season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against St. Peter’s. Season tickets are currently available here.
Below is Coach’s full transcript Tim Eatmanpress conference of:
TIM EATMAN: On behalf of President Holloway; Pat hobbs, our sports director; Andrew Kappers, our women’s basketball bond; and our head coach, C. Vivian Stringer, I’m honored to be here today at Big Ten Media Day.
This is my third time in this role at Rutgers. The first time was when Coach Stringer lost his mother. The second time was when Coach took a leave of absence due to burnout. I’m so grateful that this time has nothing to do with neither.
Now if you all know Coach, she always asked you to do the impossible. Right before I left she told me, Tim, don’t let this press conference talk about me. Keep the press conference focused on the players and the team.
I said, okay.
I took a deep breath and thought to myself: Good luck, Timothy Eatman.
But here we go.
We’re so excited about this year’s squad. Glenn Cain, our strength and conditioning coach, has done an incredible job with our players this summer and during fall practice.
Thirteen of our kids have never had the opportunity to do summer training and fall training at Rutgers. Last year Coach Stringer decided not to bring our team back until mid-September because she wanted to make sure all of our players were safe.
I want to take a second to tell Commissioner Warren and the staff at Big Ten that we are very grateful for the way you have handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Words can’t even express how we feel about what Pat hobbs and its medical staff did it on a daily basis. We are better because of them.
Now we have only had four practices; so i can’t sit here and tell you who’s gonna play Arella Guirantes, I can’t tell you who is going to be the player who is going to be our defensive goalscorer because at Rutgers we start over with every team. Coach Stringer is getting back to basics, whether it was a team that played in 2001 that made it to the Final Four, a team in 2007 that made it to the Final Four. We start with the basics because we want to give each team the opportunity to be the best team possible.
Now, three of our ghosts who have been here for three years, they understand the day to day life you must have in the Big Ten, the best college girls’ basketball conference. They have had the opportunity to see over the three years they are here two teams finish third in the league and another team that finished tied for fifth in the league. We depend on Tyia singleton, Joiya maddox, and Stephanie Guihon to make sure our young players understand the Rutgers method. We want to make sure that together with our team we develop the tenacity you need to be successful.
I want to take a few minutes to talk to you a little bit about what I think will be a game-changer for Rutgers. Name, picture and likeness and the transfer portal is here to stay.
Now our goal and our motto from previous years has always been: life after basketball. We have always talked as a team about developing our players as pros and developing them as basketball pros or American business pros. But now that has changed. Players have the option to take their name, image and likeness.
So what we’re trying to do now is make a change, the shift from life after basketball to now, now. How do we help our players build their brand so they can be the best today?
If you’re familiar with women’s basketball, two young women from the Fresno State women’s basketball team kicked off their campaign with a name, image, and likeness. Do you know where they did this? In our backyard, 45 minutes from our Rutgers University campus. They came to Times Square to launch their campaign. We need to do a great job of helping our players grow their brand in the media capital of the world.
Those two things are going to be a game-changer for us as Rutgers because we think that with New York and the opportunity that our players have with different companies, we can be very successful with that.
We have two players here, I hope you will have the opportunity to meet each other, Osh Brown and Lasha Petree. Osh Brown is Ball State’s all-time rebounder. She reminded me last night that she’s also the point guard with 23 rebounds in one game. Lasha Petree was on Naismith’s watchlist last year. Got 33 points against Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Two exceptional players, but above all two exceptional people. They are great children. I am sure you will appreciate them if you have the opportunity to meet them. If you don’t, I know you’ll love watching them play on the pitch this year.
Q. Your experience in 2019, I think it was seven games as an interim coach, is that something you’re looking back at now? At what point do you think it could be a permanent thing or a long term thing that comes into the season?
TIM EATMAN: Well, since you’ve been in our program for a long time, and you know Coach still has one voice. So far, the plan hasn’t changed, but the voice is mine now.
The one thing Coach still believes in is that you can only have one voice because you don’t want to get confused with the players. Her favorite statement is, when you ask her, “Coach, when do you want me to do this” she always looks at you and says “Yesterday”.
We want Coach to come back yesterday, but we understand that she is trying to find a way through this pandemic. Our best bet is to keep moving forward, but to keep doing the things Coach will always do. Our staff are really great in the fact that we never dilute what the coach wants to do and we never pollute what the coach wants to do.
Whether it’s tomorrow, whether it’s next month, or whether it’s for the first game, Coach has the opportunity to do what she needs to do because she knows she has a staff back home that is going to s. ‘doing business.
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