I was able to grab the Rutgers football and basketball play-by-play man for a quick interview before Friday night's MidKnight Madness. Here it is:
MV: How’s it feel to be the “Voice of Rutgers?”
Chris Carlin: [laughs] You know I’m still a little uncomfortable with it but its excitng. I’m a Jersey guy, I’m from here, I love the state. And its terrific to be a part of what’s going on here between what Greg’s done with football and Freddy’s doing with basketball. It’s just terrific. Bob Mulcahy deserves all the credit in the world for building this into what its starting to become.
MV: You have been doing football for a while, how does it feel to add basketball to the repetoire?
CC: I’m really looking forward to it. You know I’m really honored that they asked me to do it and like I said its kind of a passion of mine to get to see the state really get the level of respect that we’re getting out of it. So it’s a lot of fun.
MV: You caught a little bit of flack when you got this job. Did you pay attention to that at all or did you brush it off?
CC: Sure, I would understand it. Bruce did an unbelievable job for a long time. It’s certainly something that you would expect. And he could not have been more gracious about the whole thing and if I could do half the job that he did, I will have more than accomplished anything I set out to do. He really is a terrific guy and did a lot for Rutgers. It’s an awkward situation but I appreciate how he handled himself with an incredible amount of class.
MV: Do you have any expectations for this year or are you just going to ride it out?
CC: just going to ride it out. I’m really just looking forward to it. You can definitely see where the progress is being made. I think that more than anything else, you can see that there is a level of excitement around this program that I think everybody is real fired up to get behind. So I can’t wait to get going.