RU Still A Family

Head coach Greg Schiano addressed the Navy game and the Teel/Lee incident in this week's Big East Teleconference.

Rutgers is coming off a heart-breaking loss to Navy on Saturday. The Midshipmen took the lead on a field goal with just over two minutes left in the game, and in prime field position, the Knights couldn't move into position for the winning score.

"It's a very tough defeat down at Navy," Schiano said. "I thought our guys played extremely hard, we just came a few plays short. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen the way we wanted. That's the way competitive athletics go. Hopefully we can play the best we can and hopefully that will be good enough to win games.

"We're not playing our best right now. We're going back to the practice field to see if we can improve and take that to the game."

Despite the 0-3 start, Schiano said he has the type of players needed to turn this program around.

"We're fortunate to have a strong base to our program, a core belief system, and a series of core values that carry us through," he said. "This is temporary, this isn't something that's going to last, I believe that. Our team is going to work hard, eventually it's going to turn and we'll play good football."

One forgettable incident from the game was when Mike Teel threw a punch at Glen Lee as he came off the field. When describing the incident, Schiano said Lee was just trying to tell Teel to keep his head up.

"There was no ill-intent," he said. "Glen was trying to bring forth one of the principles we preach — which is never to drop your head, hold your head high — we're just moving forward off that right now."

In defense of Teel, Schiano said his fifth year quarterback was in the heat of the moment and because of his frustration, might not have noticed Lee as he came off the field.

"I'm sure he didn't hear it was Glen coming off the field," he said. "It was just having somebody in your face right away. He was very frustrated, I mean it was the end of the game and we just lost with an opportunity to win.

It was an uncharacteristic play for a team that preaches the family concept, but Schiano said it's over and the team has moved on.

"It's an unfortunate one, but it's one that's immediately behind us," he said. "I think our football team, has learned a lesson that you have to keep those things in-house."

Now, the team must focus on picking up its first win before conference play against Morgan State.

"The game we're worried about now is Morgan State," Schiano said. "I've watched quite a bit of tape on them. They're very athletic and they have the sixth ranked defense in I-AA, which says a lot, and they have a very athletic quarterback so we have a tough opponent in many ways."

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