Interview with Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano - Part 5 of 6
On June 5th, Mike Fasano and I had the pleasure of interviewing the Head Coach of Rutgers football Greg Schiano. The interview lasted approximately two hours. We had the chance to obtain his comments on his philosphy, recruiting success, how he will continue to improve the program, future of the program, improvements to the facilities, coaching additions, and how he will build a championship program at Rutgers. The interview was informative and enlightening. We hope that you enjoy the interview and obtain some insight into the program.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: What has been your biggest accomplishment and your biggest disappointment?
Greg Schiano: I think the biggest accomplishment is fostering the idea of doing things right. That is doing the little things, doing the details, and doing things that make you successful. Has the success come in every area, no not yet. Have we had some? Absolutely.
Academically, we have done a much better job. Will we never have a problem? No, anytime that you put a group of players together, not every player is going to do it. But compared to the previous situation, we have a lot of kids doing a lot better.
Those things can be taken care of a lot easier than those things on the field. I am proud of those things, learning how to do things right. This is an on-going process. You are never there. You will always see me picking up gum wrappers and other things. To me, you can always get better. Make it the best it can be in everything you do. That is a way of life and that is what we are striving to do.
Disappointment, I can not say that I had any disappointments. What I try to do is to stay positive and patient. Because if I get negative and I get inpatient the whole program gets negative and inpatient. You must stay positive and patient. It is not easy sometimes. I am a very bad loser and it is very hard for me to go through it. But I can not show that. I deal with it myself and deal with the troops. When I go into a press conference, it is very calm and "a matter of fact". I have guys tell me, "I wish that you would throw a chair or something". But what good is that going to do? It will give some guy something to write about. But it will not do me any good. Because I know where we are going and with all my heart I believe that we will get there.
You asked, "why did you take this job when there are some perceived better jobs out there?". It is because I believe that if this place it is truly committed as they are, in being a championship program, this can be the best job in the country. Not in two years, but in ten years.
Mike Fasano: In reference to the commitment by the administration, when will the expansion to the Hale Center (football complex) start?
Greg Schiano: We will start construction this summer. A large portion of it will be done for training camp 2003, then the finishing touches will be done during the 2003 season. Before we can do anything to the existing meeting room space, which we will make into an academic support center, we need to create a new football area. This includes a new weight room and new training room. This will enable us to move into our new meeting area, then we can reconfigure the back area. This will be something that we can do during the 2003 season. Our goals are to complete the football-related areas during the 2003 football season. This is a $10 million project.
Mike Fasano: Anything else on the wish list?
Greg Schiano: There will always be things. I think that our fans will like to see a scoreboard that provides instant replay capabilities. As we begin to win and fill this place consistently, I, as well as our administration, would like to expand the stadium. This is as long as we can fill the stadium consistently. The success of the program will enable us to do this because we will be making money.
Mike Fasano: This season you have a very tough schedule. Can you talk to me about this schedule and the games against Tennessee, Notre Dame?
Greg Schiano: I agree that these are tough games against some powerful opponents. But you do not have to look pass our own league. Two of the top teams in the country will be Virginia Tech and Miami. You add in Tennessee and Notre Dame, we have a very challenging schedule.
But that is how you get to be one of those teams by playing them. However, if you are asking me would I schedule those teams while we are building this program - no. But I do not think that any of us were involved in making that decision.
I think if you are building a program, you do it via the Virginia Tech philosophy. Our conference is tough enough with the likes of Virginia Tech, Miami, Boston College, and the rest. You do not need to go and make it tougher. I understand that you would like to schedule games that have a national flavor and there is nothing wrong with that.
Bob and I are laying out the future schedule. I like the way it is laid out in the future.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: In regards to the future schedule, would we expect to see Division IAA teams on the schedule?
Greg Schiano: I think that there is very good football played in Division IAA. The current rules state that we can use a Division IAA victory once every four years towards a bowl acceptance. So I do not think that it pays to have these meetings too close. Even once in a while would be good. I think that
Although there are no teams on this level that are wins because you must go out and perform. There are games where we can be more selective. In the long haul, we can be more prudent with our selections.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: After 2004 Temp