New Offensive Coordinator at Rutgers?

Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator, but there is a twist to the hire. What is going on? And could anything jeopardize it? Check inside ScarletReport.com for the latest on this developing situation.

Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator, and with it is returning to its power running game of its most successful offenses of coach Greg Schiano's era.

Former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is the choice as the new offensive coordinator, according to Scout.com's sources in Pittsburgh, but it comes with a possible complication.

With Mike Haywood being fired after his weekend arrest, Cignetti could get an interview as a possible replacement and delay an announcement.

At Rutgers, Cignetti is expected to utilize a two-back offensive set that also has a nice dose of play-action. He also gives the Scarlet Knights a link to the rich recruiting market in western Pennsylvania.

The 45-year-old Cignetti, whose father, Frank Sr., was the coach at West Virginia and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, brings a wealth of experience.

He was the offensive coordinator for two seasons at Pittsburgh, and also spent time as the offensive coordinator at California, Fresno State and North Carolina.

Cignetti also spent time as the quarterbacks coach with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and New Orleands Saints.

His hiring could impact the recruitment of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova in a favorable way with Rutgers.

Nova, a former Pittsburgh commit, told ScarletReport.com last month when discussing the impact of former Panthers assistant Jeff Hafley joining the Rutgers staff, "It's more of the offensive coordinator."

Cignetti's hire brings an end to Kirk Ciarrocca's two-year reign as offensive coordinator at Rutgers.


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