Schiano on Susan's move; recruiting changes?

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano took time from his recruiting schedule to speak about departing tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Joe Susan, and how it will impact recruiting. Schiano offered congratulations to Susan for landing the Bucknell job, and also spoke about Rutgers' options for the recruiting coordiantor position. Will he hire someone for the position, or change switch around?

Losing tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Joe Susan a week before national letter of intent day shouldn't impact Rutgers' recruiting class, and could result in coach Greg Schiano restructuring the recruiting wing of the Scarlet Knights' football operations.

Schiano talked about those ideas during a Wednesday afternoon conference call.

First and foremost, though, Schiano congratulated Susan, his long-time assistant, on becoming Bucknell's new coach.

"I'm really happy for Joe, and his family,'' said Schiano, a Bucknell graduate. "Joe will do an excellent job as the head coach at Bucknell, and if that's what he wanted, I fully wanted to support him and help him get the job.

"And I'll help him in any way I can while he's there.''

Susan, who helped recruit Schiano to Bucknell, spent much of the 1980s coaching at the school. He was on Schiano's original staff at Rutgers in 2001.

"He's given us nine incredible years,'' Schiano said. "You talk about a guy who's dedicated and loyal and hard working and sincere and all the things …he brought great integrity to our program, I'm going to miss him, but when you hire good people, they're going to get opportunities to advance.''

The move comes at a time when Rutgers is finalizing its 2010 class.

The last set of official visits will take place this weekend, with a trio of Florida players (Kenneth Kirksey of Mainland of Daytona Beach, Djwany Mera of South Broward of Hollywood and Miami commit Kevin Nelson of Gainesville) making official visits as well as several potential walk-on candidates.

However, the class is far enough developed Schiano believes the impact will be minimal when it comes to recruiting.

"It's not really going to have an effect at all on recruiting,'' Schiano said, "other than we have one more recruiting weekend, this weekend, and there will be some things that everyone will kind of have to chip in and pick up the slack for what Joe would have done. But as far as prospects and all that stuff, it will have no effect.''

Schiano also is uncertain if he will hire a new recruiting coordinator who doubles as an on-field coach (like Susan did), divide the recruiting coordinator position into an administrative role several people can handle and hire another on-field coach, or have a recruiting coordinator serve in an administrator role and hire another on-field coach.

A number of schools, including UCLA, utilize a recruiting coordinator who does not have on-field coaching responsibilities.

"I don't know if we'll even have another recruiting coordinator,'' Schiano said. "We'll see how it goes. We'll certainly hire a coach. We'll operate with nine coaches. I don't know. I really haven't thought about the recruiting part of it. I'm not real concerned. We have systems in place in the recruiting office with our coaching staff.''

Schiano said he also has no time frame for when a decision will be made.

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