Team Blocking Out Realignment Talk

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano made it clear that his team is entirely focused on the task at hand — Ohio. With conference realignment rumors flying and Syracuse and Pittsburgh out of the Big East, the Rutgers football team spoke about the importance of focusing on business and blocking out distractions.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ohio University could care less what conference Rutgers plays in next season.

For the Bobcats (3-0), they are coming to High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday to win and if Rutgers (1-1) has its attention elsewhere, the Scarlet Knights will be in trouble.

With conference talk running wild, coach Greg Schiano spoke today about the importance of focusing on what happens on the field.

"I really am not going to talk about that stuff," Schiano said. "I'm on Ohio 100 percent. That isn't coach speech. Maybe if we were playing somebody that I knew we were umpteen times better than and just I got to get the team ready. I'm telling you, this is a schematic challenge and it's a personnel challenge.

"... It doesn't matter because if we're not ready to play, all this stuff is not going to matter. We got to be ready to play and we're playing a very good football team."

For seniors like free safety David Rowe, it does not matter what conference Rutgers is a member of next season. Winning now is the only option.

"To be honest, I don't think we're a good enough team to allow our attention to be on other stuff," Rowe said. "Our attention needs to be on Ohio, so I think that's what we have to do. I don't think all the changes are going to affect us on the field."

Sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd, who will be directly affected by conference realignment along with the majority of the team, echoed Rowe's statements.

"I'm really not focusing on it too much right now," Dodd said. "We're just focusing on Ohio, and we're not worrying about that right now."

In the end, Dodd like many within the program, are confident in a positive outcome.

"Yeah, I do," Dodd said when asked if he trusts Rutgers will be in good shape. "And I feel fine with whatever does happen. But we're not worrying about that. We're focused on the next game, and we talk about a one game season. We're trying to shy away from all the distractions."

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