Schiano Addresses Media

The Scarlet Knights returned to practice on Saturday and Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano addressed the media for the first time since deciding to remain "On the Banks," and not take the open coaching vacancy at the University of Michigan.

Schiano informed his players early Friday morning of his decision to remain as the head coach of Rutgers. However, he was not willing to discuss the situation for very long in front of the media. "I think everybody knows I am here," Schiano said. "That's what people know." Schiano released a statement yesterday through the Rutgers athletic department that said all he was going to discuss about the issue. "I was contacted earlier this week about the Michigan coaching vacancy, but I have decided to remove my name from consideration," Schiano said. "I look forward to our third straight bowl game and to bringing a national championship to Rutgers and the state of New Jersey. I will have no further comment."

Director of Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy followed Schiano's statement with a release of his own to show his support for the Rutgers head coach."We're obviously pleased that Greg will continue as head coach of the Rutgers football team," Mulcahy said. "He has accomplished so much in his time here, and I know that he believes there is much more ahead of us. "Under his direction, Rutgers Football will continue to move forward as one of the nation's elite programs." Moving forward on Saturday included getting back to practice and getting back into a normal routine for the team. The players were happy to be back on the field and were happy to have their coach. "You know that coach (Schiano) will go to battle for you," RU wide receiver Tiquan Underwood said. "What he says is the truth that he wants to be here and he proved it."

Teel Time Off

RU quarterback Mike Teel has extra time to work back on the field. Teel battled a right thumb injury all season that affected his play and ability to be out on the field. However, in the game against Louisville to close out the regular season, Teel pulled a muscle in his ribs that hurts him doing everyday activities.

For once this season, Teel can let the injuries heal and does not have to put extra strain on his body by rushing back on the field. "You don't want to take a lot of time off, but you want to be smart to let it heal up and when you come back be ready to go," Teel said. His teammates have seen how much pain his has played through during the second half of the year, which only continues to deepen the respect that they have for Teel and the job he has done this season. "Mike Teel is a true competitor," Underwood said. "He played hurt for a majority of the season and he did it for us. He could have stayed out and not played, but it just shows that he is a great competitor and just fought through it. I am glad he is out quarterback and I am just glad I have another go-round with him."

Stadium Expansion

Despite the vote being put off this week regarding the expansion of Rutgers Stadium, $1-million dollars has been donated by New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine to help begin raising the $30-million dollars needed in private funds to help pay for the costs of construction. "It is a tremendous show of support," Schiano said. "He (Corzine) is as good of a guy as they come. It is nice that he is our governor, but he is just a genuine guy."

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