Notes: Positive vibes, signing day and more

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano talks about the mindset of the Scarlet Knights as the prepare for Friday's game at Louisville. Also, there has been talk for years of having an early signing period for football, either before the season or in December. Schiano chimes in with his take on the situation. Plus, get the latest injury updates.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said the Scarlet Knights confidence remains intact, and added he was pleased with the mental state of his team heading into Friday's game Louisville.

"I don't think anybody is in a good mindset when you are not accustomed to losing,'' Schiano said. "I would be a little disappointed if we were in a good mindset. What we have is we have a system of preparation, and when we leave that system of preparation we have a result like we had Saturday.''

The 31-13 loss at Syracuse was disappointing, but he is not going to harp on it.

"That happens for a lot of different reasons,'' Schiano said. "But it happened and we need to get back on the way we do things, and do it not only here [mentally] but here [pointing to his heart] as well. When we do that, we will go play well."

Changing the signs?
Basketball has an early signing period in November and another one after the season, and there is talk of perhaps adding an early signing day for football rather than have everyone sign binding national letters of intent in early February.

And count Schiano as someone who would be in favor of an early signing period, which could be either in August or December.

"That would be a positive thing for college football,'' he said. "I think you send out a bad message when kids are committing and then de-committing, and you are recruiting them and they are committed. It doesn't say a lot about the word ‘committed.' That is the nature of the business we are in.

"I think (an early signing period) would eliminate some of that. I think it would save money as well. You are not going to be chasing guys around for an additional six weeks that have made a decision where they want to go."

A House of Cards?
Louisville is 4-7, including 1-5 in the Big East, but is also 4-1 at home. The lone conference win was a 10-9 decision against Syracuse on Nov. 14, but they have played competitively since a 41-10 loss to Cincinnati last month.

"I think it says something about their program. I think they are a good football team,'' Schiano said. "Other than Cincinnati, and Cincinnati did the same thing to us, they are in every game. A couple plays go against you, you come up short. A couple plays go for you, you win the game. They are a good football team."

Injury update
Schiano said receiver Tim Brown (ankle), kicker San San Te (leg) and receiver Mark Harrison (head) are each day-to-day, and their status for Louisville may not be known until late in the week.


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