Rutgers will take on North Carolina in its second straight nationally televised game to start off the 2008 season.
The Tar Heels will be coming to Piscataway on Thursday, and playing away from Chapel Hill isn't one of their strong points. Since 2003, they're 5-21 on the road and were 0-6 away from home last season.
Struggles on the road are something Head Coach Greg Schiano had to deal with. Good old fashion hard work was his remedy because - that's the way, he said, confidence is built. The Scarlet Knights haven't had a losing season since 2004.
"Well it took us a while, I'll tell you that," he said. "But I think home or away it's the same thing: you need to work hard and gain confidence. True confidence only comes from hard work and we're in that situation right now. We had a great camp and then all of a sudden we didn't play very well. Its all human nature to start questioning yourself. Are we any good? Until you go out and do it again, you don't know.
In preparation for the game, Schiano has to correct the mistakes made from the Fresno State game. The head coach considers himself an optimist, and he said the breakdowns made are correctable and the team will continue to go in the right direction the rest of the year.
"There are good things to show on the tape so you look at the positives and point out the things you did well," he said. Then you look at the negatives and ask, can we do this or are we incapable, and I think most of the things we didn't do, we're capable of doing. We just didn't execute or call it the right way or whatever it might be. I'm not one to overreact, we just need to keep working at it and we have a good mix of
youth and experience. I think well get better."
Now its time to move forward and prep for the matchup with the Tar Heels.
"The opener was disappointing, obviously," he said. "I thought we had a great camp, but I just don't think we did anything very well for a lot of reasons. But I think we've gotten better this week with a little extra time and now were excited about playing a good North Carolina team on ESPN on Thursday night."
Schiano Looks Forward to UNC
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