Rutgers Makes It Official; Cignetti New OC

The news broke Sunday night and Rutgers made it official Monday afternoon by announcing Frank Cignetti Jr. was joining the staff as coach Greg Schiano's offensive coordinator. Cignetti spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh.

When Rutgers coach Greg Schiano meets with recruits again beginning Tuesday, he will be able to speak about the Scarlet Knights' new offensive coordinator.

Rutgers made the expected announcement, which was reported Sunday night, that former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is its new offensive coordinator.

"Frank brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to our program," Schiano said in a statement. "We are thrilled to welcome him and his family to our Rutgers football family."

Cignetti, 45, served as the offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh the last two years, where the Panthers ran a pro-style offense with a fullback, the tight end involved in the passing game and the receivers able to make plays down the field.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to join Coach Schiano's staff at Rutgers," Cignetti said in a statement. "I am anxious to get to New Jersey and start working with the student-athletes, coaches and support staff."

In his first season at Pittsburgh, Cignetti called the plays for an offense that averaged 32.1 points per game, which ranks in the top five of Panthers history.

The year prior to joining Pittsburgh, Cignetti was at California, where the team averaged 33 points per game and finished 9-4.

Cignetti, who also was the offensive coordinator at North Carolina and Fresno State, was with three organizations in the NFL, including serving as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback coach in 2007.

Cignetti's hire is the latest move involving the Rutgers staff and Pittsburgh. Former Panthers assistant Jeff Hafley was hired by Schiano last month.

The announcement of Cignetti joining the staff also came with the first public acknowledgement former offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca was not retained.


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