ABC Will Televise Rutgers Opener

As a testament of how far Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano has brought his program along since he was first hired as the 27th head coach of the nation's oldest college football program on Dec. 1, 2000, the Scarlet Knights will have their opening game televised to a regional audience on ABC, their second such appearance on the national network in three years.

They said it couldn't be done. They called it a graveyard, a coach's Knightmare. Yet, for the nation's oldest college football program, it took a New Jersey native, one of the Garden State's very own, to bring the passion, vision and boundless enthusiasm to begin the seemingly impossible turnaround.

And now, yet another hallmark accomplishment, for the Scarlet Knights budding program. For the second straight season the team's season opener, at North Carolina, will be televised on a national network. ABC-TV will broadcast the game, Rutgers second such appearance on ABC in three years. Kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m. This game marks the sixth nationally televised contest announced thus far for the Scarlet Knights in 2006. The Scarlet Knights will also do battle at South Florida in a game that will be televised on ESPN2 (September 29), will host Connecticut in another contest to be televised on ESPN (October 29), play host to the Louisville Cardinals in a third ESPN contest (November 9), and travel to West Virginia to close out the regular season in a game that will be shown on the ESPN family of networks (December 2). Rutgers will also travel to Navy in a game that will be shown on CSTV (October 14).

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