Title Trek: Schiano Sunday Notebook

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano allowed himself to enjoy last night's big win by going to his son's youth basketball game. With the relaxation out of the way, Schiano is focused on Connecticut with share of the Big East title on the line. Schiano discussed early preparations for the Huskies and D.C. Jefferson's status.

Every game is a Big East Championship game in the mindset of Rutgers and coach Greg Schiano. But Saturday against Connecticut, that mindset becomes literal.

A win against Connecticut gives Rutgers at least a share of its first Big East championship and has the potential to send Rutgers to the BCS with some help Thursday and Friday.

"This game's no bigger than last week's game, nor is it bigger than the Louisville game or any other game," Schiano said. "In the Big East Conference, every game is the same."

For Rutgers to make it to the BCS, it needs West Virginia to lose one of its last two games and a Louisville loss helps as well.

In the event of a head-to-head tie-breaker, Rutgers goes to the BCS over Cincinnati or Pittsburgh, but not West Virginia or Louisville. If multiple teams are involved, the tie-breaker becomes BCS rankings where Rutgers, for now, has the advantage over all conference teams except West Virginia.

Schiano said he knows the stakes, but also knows he can only focus on beating Connecticut.

"I have a couple ideas, but again, I have to practice what I preach," Schiano said. "We can't control any of that. What we need to do is focus on what we can control, and that's our preparation."

Run That Ball

After reviewing the tape, the Scarlet Knights' run-blocking ability was as impressive as the statistics indicated, Schiano said.

"They played well," he said. "I mean, that was a very, very good defense. Obviously second in the nation against the run. We were far from perfect, but we got on people and we stayed on people."

Running back Jawan Jamison, who went for 200 yards yesterday, is now within 250 yards of 1,000 with two games to play.

"Jawan really ran the ball as well as he has all year, with his reads and his decisiveness," Schiano said. "And that's usually the way it is. It's usually not one thing. It's usually a combination of the backs' reads, the line's blocking, all those things."

Big Recruiting Day

More than 100 high-school prospects turned out for the Scarlet Knights' final home game of the season.

"We've had some really good turnouts just in how our games have fell as far as Saturday games," Schiano said. "And we have a tremendous facility in the recruiting pavilion in the end zone. So it's great pre-game with our coaches there, and then post-game we get to visit with them. It's really a good situation. And certainly when you win a game it feels all that much more better."

As ScarletReport.com reported earlier in the week, the list of prospects included commits Blake Rankin, Carlton Agudosi, Ruhann Peele and Derrick Nelson along with big-time 2012 receiver recruit Ian Thomas.

Injury Update

Schiano has no official update on tight end D.C. Jefferson, who was on crutches after the game, but is concerned.

"D.C., we won't know for a little bit," Schiano said. "Otherwise I think we're decent. It was a very physical game. Guys played very hard on both sides. I think we'll be ok. D.C. is the one I'm concerned about."


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