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Rutgers football coach
Greg Schiano, coming off a 1-11 campaign and owner of a 3-20 career record,
received a vote of confidence from University President Dr. Richard L. McCormick
and Athletics Director Bob Mulcahy in the form of a two-year, $1 million contract
extension on Wednesday.
The move, which guarantees Schiano $500,000 annually through the 2007 season,
surprised some Rutgers followers, especially after the Scarlet Knights opened
this year with disappointing losses to Division I-AA Villanova and Division
I-A newcomer Buffalo.
given two-year extension
Immediately after Rutgers
opened the season with a program-busting loss to Villanova, Union Hill lineman
- and Scarlet Knights recruit - Pedro Sosa feared Greg Schiano might be fired.
Wednesday, athletic director Bob Mulcahy took measures to make sure no other
recruits worry about who the Scarlet Knights coach will be, giving Schiano
a two-year extension on a contract that wasn't scheduled to expire until the
receives another 2 years
Bob Mulcahy not only bet
$1 million of Rutgers' money yesterday on his belief that Greg Schiano is
the right man to turn around the school's downtrodden football program, Mulcahy
may have staked his legacy as athletic director on it.
Having recently extended two previous head coaches -- Terry Shea in football
and Kevin Bannon in basketball -- only to fire them shortly afterward, Mulcahy
rolled the dice again by announcing he had tacked on two more years to Schiano's
victory for Schiano -- 2-year extension
There are things in this
world that rational, well-adjusted people simply should not be asked to do.
It ain't easy, for example, being green -- unless, of course, you are a frog
or a string bean. It is even harder to roll a 200-pound boulder up a hill
without winding up looking like a herniated pretzel.
But it is positively impossible to be a fan of Rutgers football and get through
the day without using the word "why" at least 25 times a day.
Yesterday was the mother of all Why-Days. It was also a What-Day, as in "He
did what?" and a How-Day as in "How could he do that?"
word on the street about RU's move: Why?
The skeptics, a group
whose number seems to increase yearly, will jump on yesterday's news that
Rutgers has extended Greg Schiano's contract for two years, through 2007,
as evidence that the young football coach's recruiting is stagnating and needed
the vote of confidence to assure any player thinking of coming to The Banks
that Schiano will be there throughout his career.
The detractors, a group whose number seems to increase yearly, will see nothing
but despair in the news, a further conviction on their part that football
at Rutgers has reached a dead end that no longer even has an easy option of
changing coaches if things don't turn upward in a hurry.
deal is worthy of a thumbs up
In a show of support for
its beleaguered head coach, Rutgers extended the contract of Greg Schiano
for two years to bring him under contract through the 2007 season.
The announcement was made by Rutgers Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy, who
has been an ardent supporter of Schiano despite his 3-20 record as coach of
the Scarlet Knights.
extends Schianos contract
Head Football Coach Greg
Schianos contract has been extended for an additional two years, Rutgers
Director of Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy announced today.
With the two-year extension, Schianos contract will continue through
the 2007 season. Schianos extension is under the same terms and agreements
of his original contract, which was made when he was named the 28th head coach
in Rutgers history on Dec. 1, 2000.
Extends Schiano Contract
University football coach
Greg Schiano called Justise Hairston right after the Miami game and told the
6-foot, 210-pound running back from New Britain, Conn., that if he had him,
the Scarlet Knights would have won. Leading 17-14 heading into the fourth
quarter, the Scarlet Knights eventually were overmatched in a 42-17 loss.
Hairston was no stranger to Schiano. After his senior season in 2001, Hairston
committed to Rutgers but changed his mind and signed with Iowa. When he failed
to qualify academically, he attended Milford (Conn.) Academy this fall, playing
in only four games.
recruits commit to Rutgers
Tight ends, from Marco
Battaglia to L.J. Smith, have been prominent recently in Rutgers football,
and that trend may continue after two much-sought recruits yesterday gave
commitments to coach Greg Schiano and his staff yesterday.
The list of committed future Scarlet Knights climbed to 12 with the disclosure
that a halfback who got away is coming a year later. Justise Hairston, the
No. 1 running back in Connecticut last year who gave Rutgers a verbal then
failed to follow up on signing day, has joined the new class. Hairston, who
was recruited last year by Iowa among others, failed to qualify academically
and is spending this year at New Milford Prep, where he again played with
fellow New Britain resident Marcus Mitchell, a safety who gave Rutgers his
verbal commitment on Monday.
adds back, tight end
As a basketball fan and
player, Todd Billet experienced some of the fondest memories of his life inside
the Rutgers Athletic Center. When he is introduced as a member of the visiting
Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, his experience may not be so pleasant.
From John Celestand to Troy Murphy to Paterson's own Tim Thomas, the Rutgers
faithful have a history of haranguing native sons who got away with a chorus
of boos. Billet, who transferred from Rutgers to Virginia in 2001 seeking
greener pastures, could face the toughest reception of them all.
ready for rude welcome at RAC
Todd Billet can't even
begin to count how many games he has played or watched at the Rutgers Athletic
Center. At least 100, he estimates. "Probably more," he said.
Throw in two years' worth of practices, and there isn't a basketball arena
in the country in which he feels more comfortable. Except Saturday night,
of course. For one thing, he has no idea what the visitors' locker room even
expecting RAC-style homecoming
Todd Billet lives just
20 minutes from the Rutgers campus, and he used to attend as many of Geoff
Billet's home games as possible when his older brother played for the Scarlet
Geoff - a four-year starter - was one of the most popular players ever to
wear a Rutgers uniform, and his family - who bled scarlet and black - could
always be spotted sitting behind the home-team bench at the Louis Brown Athletic
Billet coming home
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AP All-State Team
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Pope John defensive lineman
Devin Perez was selected to The Associated Press New Jersey All-State
football team on Wednesday.
Joining Perez were Joe Sandberg of Bergen Catholic and Joe Kedra of Camden
Catholic, who made the team for the second straight year. Undefeated Don Bosco
Prep placed three players on the first team that was selected by sports writers
from around the state who covered high school football this season.
tops AP All-State squad
Elijah Robinson, an Inquirer
first-team all-South Jersey offensive lineman from Woodrow Wilson, has made
an oral commitment to attend Tulane University. Robinson told the Tulane coaching
staff of his decision after visiting there over the weekend.
"The school has what I want to major in, and I like what the football
program has to offer," said Robinson, who is looking to major in criminal
lineman Robinson gives oral commitment to Tulane
Around the Big East
The Syracuse University
football team has dipped into Texas again to land a tight end.
Beau Davidson of Blinn (Junior) College in Brenham, Texas, said he will sign
an early letter-of-intent today to play for the Orangemen. Davidson said he
will enroll at Syracuse in January and have three seasons of eligibility remaining,
plus a redshirt year.
JC tight end commits to Orange
Around the Nation
Former UCLA wide receiver
Karl Dorrell was hired Wednesday night as the Bruins' 15th head coach, becoming
the fourth African-American coach in Division I.
In his third year as wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, the 39-year-old
Dorrell succeeds Bob Toledo -- fired nine days earlier after seven years on
Bruin Dorrell named UCLA coach
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