Thursday Practice Report: Ash on Changes at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chris Ash has no plans to apologize when it comes to changes in spring, and he explained it Thursday after practice.


The Headline – This is the new Rutgers, and it’s time to get used to changes.

That was the message Thursday from coach Chris Ash. The removal of spring awards may be insignificant in the scheme of Rutgers football, but Ash’s explanation for the decisions speaks to a bigger picture.

“There are a lot of changes that have gone on here,” Ash said. “There are a lot of things that have been traditional here at Rutgers. It’s a new era. I’m going to do things the way that I think they need to be done and the way that I want them to be done. I’ve said this several times to people: If it’s the same way that business has been done in the past and that’s the way that I want to do it, great. If it’s different, it’s different. I could apologize for it, but I'm not.”

No spring awards and the lack of a post-game autograph session next week may not be a permanent fixture, but that is the Ash plan for year one.

“Do I want to respect traditions of the past at Rutgers? Absolutely," Ash said. "But if it’s not what fits me or fits what I want moving forward, then we are going to have a discussion moving forward on whether it’s worth doing or not. Right now, I just don’t feel it’s the right time to do that."

Worth NotingChris Laviano took a step back in the quarterback competition after he struggled in the second spring scrimmage. He is back even with junior Hayden Rettig and sophomore Giovanni Rescigno.

Quote of the Day – “Good for him. I wish I was to be honest with you.'' – Ash on Jim Harbuagh’s Paramus Catholic commencement speech.

Around Football  -- Wide receiver Saeed Blacknall trends upward for Penn State heading into its spring game.


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