Ever since he became a coach, Greg Schiano has had the unique ability to ignore outside distractions while focusing on the task at hand.
That trait will never be more useful than this week.
The latest Sagarin ratings, one of seven computer rankings used by the BCS, are out, and the news is about as grim as it can possibly be for Rutgers and its second-year head coach after a distressing 34-11 home loss to Buffalo Saturday.
Sagarin ratings place Rutgers below 64 NCAA I-AA programs
This isn't about the season.
Forget the season.
Two train wrecks in, the Rutgers football season is already gone, mortally wounded by undeniable truth revealed.
Coach can take steps on road to credibility
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and his staff deserve whatever criticism they get after their disastrous 34-11 loss to Buffalo - one of the worst Division I-A teams in the country - in Piscataway. This was the same team that allowed 508 yards last week in a loss to Lehigh.
Rutgers (0-2) wasn't even competitive, getting whistled for 12 penalties, throwing three interceptions, returning a kickoff just two yards and having a punt snap sail 38 yards out of the end zone for a safety. Two years ago, when Schiano arrived at Rutgers from Miami, he was considered one of the hot young coaching stars in the country. "It makes you sit there and think, 'What the heck. Did I forget how to coach?'" Schiano said. "I don't know when it will turn."
Sleepless Knights at RU
Theres a line in Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Risesin which Mike Campbell, an alcoholic, debt-ridden veteran, is asked how he went bankrupt. Two ways. he replies. Gradually and then suddenly.
When you think about it, thats also how college football coaches get fired. Its rarely one catastrophic event that gets you the pink slip. Its more like a steady accumulation of losses over a few seasons coupled with some recruiting classes that dont pan out. Next thing you know, youre in Year Three of your contract with something like four wins under your belt and you stumble again.
Schiano, RU seek answers
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano last night affirmed that Ted Trump would be his starting quarterback as the Scarlet Knights prepare for Saturday's game against Army, but did not speculate on the future.
During a conference call with reporters, Schiano said he thought the speed of the game may have caught Trump off guard in the team's 34-11 upset loss to Buffalo, but thought Trump would build on the experience.
"The big thing is to get a whole week of practice under his belt," Schiano said, "play a whole week with the first team and get ready for Army."
TRUMP STAYS AT THE HELM: Schiano will stick with the junior despite lackluster performance
One day after yet another embarrassing defeat, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano offered nothing new. No major personnel shakeups. No changes in philosophy. No fresh words of wisdom.
Only more of the same. But, he hopes, with much better results.
"Do I think we'll be in the wishbone? No," Schiano said in a conference call Sunday. "There could be some small changes. We're getting tested right now, but that's part of building a program. [The players] believe in each other. There's a belief in this program."
Schiano: No big changes planned
There's a line in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises in which Mike Campbell, an alcoholic, debt-ridden veteran, is asked how he went bankrupt. "Two ways." he replies. "Gradually and then suddenly."
When you think about it, that's also how college football coaches get fired. It's rarely one catastrophic event that gets you the pink slip. It's more like a steady accumulation of losses over a few seasons coupled with some recruiting classes that don't pan out. Next thing you know, you're in the third year of your contract with something like four wins under your belt and you stumble again.
Suddenly everybody, from the media to people in the stands, starts calling for your head.
Disastrous losses haunt Rutgers' Schiano
The Rutgers mens basketball team will open its 2002-03 season at home on Nov. 18, hosting Columbia in the first round of the Pre-Season NIT. The Scarlet Knights, under the direction of second-year coach Gary Waters, will play a minimum of 26 regular season games this season, including 16 challenging BIG EAST Conference contests.
Rutgers begins the upcoming campaign with its second appearance in the Pre-Season NIT, which culminates with the semifinal and championship rounds at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27-29.
Rutgers Announces 2002-03 Schedule
Rutgers basketball player Mike Sherrod was arrested at Saturday night's Rutgers-Buffalo football game and charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, according to published reports yesterday.
Sherrod, a junior, averaged 8.6 points, four assists and 3.4 rebounds last season as the team's starting point guard
Rutgers player arrested
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Miami dominated. Florida flopped.
The top-ranked Hurricanes left the Swamp on Saturday the same way they came in -- best in the state, best in the country and still waiting for their first big challenge of 2002.
Ken Dorsey threw four touchdown passes, Willis McGahee ran for 204 yards and the Hurricanes rolled through another overmatched opponent with a 41-16 win over No. 6 Florida.
Dorsey, 'Canes dominate Gators
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This is how Saturday's quarterback duel between the nation's top returning Heisman vote-getters ended: Ken Dorsey 0, Rex Grossman 0. Though Miami confirmed its No. 1 ranking by beating No. 6 Florida, 41-16, before a record crowd of 85,777 at the Swamp, neither quarterback impressed.
Nothing settled in Heisman battle
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