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With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:14 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 2:22 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Tampa Bay's hiring of Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano is close to official, and now the Scarlet Knights are left with a short window of time to identify the head coach for 2012.

CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman suggested Miami Dolphins special teams' coach Darren Rizzi as one possible candidate to step in for the Scarlet Knights. Rizzi served on Schiano's staff from 2002-2007 before a one-year stint as the Rhode Island head coach, where Rizzi played played tight end from 1988-1991. Delaware head coach KC Keeler has led the Blue Hens to three I-AA/FCS Championship Games and could be ready for his first opportunity at the FBS level if the Scarlet Knights want more head coaching experience.

Other possible replacements could include Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bobby Diaco - New Jersey native - or Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, Rutgers' linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator 2001-2003.

One popular name, for any job really, is Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal. Cristobal was a tight ends and offensive line coach under Schiano, and likely will be at the top of Rutgers' wish list. He was reportedly a leading candidate to replace Todd Graham at Pittsburgh in December, before chose to stick with FIU.

The timing is brutal for Rutgers' recruiting, less than a week before National Signing Day. Schiano had assembled a strong recruiting class, and the Scarlet Knights were still on the board for several highly-touted prospects. Additionally, the athletic department may be facing an uphill battle financially when it comes to luring top coaching talent. Last July, USA Today reported that the school used nearly $27 million in university and student-fee money to balance the athletic budget. No other NCAA Division I school came close to Rutgers' subsidies.

For more details on Schiano's new gig with the Bucs, check out our NFL counterparts at the Eye On Football

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Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:21 am
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

coach graham from arizona state is available, his family hates it in the heat of arizona!!!!



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:33 am
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

DK explain away how Don Bosco Prep ranked #1 in the country for Prep School Football. Look it up. Lots of talent in NJ, over the years it usually gets plucked. Maybe not as deep as FL, TX or CA but there is a reason each year all staters end up being recruited throughout th country.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:04 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

Hey gio241962. First of all; there is no such thing as talent on the Jersey shores bro. 2nd: why would any fool with any skills go to the U of New Jersey? If the dude had anything, he'd head for the warmer confines of Florida. Just saying!



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:44 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

How about some thoughts for Bill McGovern the DC from Boston College who has great ties to NJ and has been stealing the Jersey shores of talent and taking them to Boston?



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:39 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

If it is to be Cignetti - then it is well beyond stupid that it was not announced earlier today so that they can work on assuring the recruits.   But I don't think it is Cignetti...
Now there are some  possible clues out there -
One story out there is that the AD - Pernetti has said that the selection will be a "surprise" - and a good one.
And Pernetti has said that “having a great understanding” of the region would be a key factor - "an understanding and being able to have his arms around the culture of the tri-state area is key to being successful at Rutgers — and deep and strong relationships in tri-state area."
Have my hopes up because Pernetti did make an excellent choice when he got  Mike Rice for Basketball



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:09 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

I like Cignetti. He is the reason NJ talent that had left for Pitt chose RU. Cristobal wont screw over FIU.....at least I dont think he will. What is amazing is how he had HIGHLY touted recruit Darius Hamilton at his fingr tips yesterday, and this happens. Hopefully they are commiteed to what RU is and has built and not about a coach that was an excellent recruiter, but a questionable game coach. Why would he turn the Michigan coaching job and than take Tampa a few years later. Must be scared of the "New" Big East.



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:50 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

Well, I could be way off, but Paul Pasquabaloney may be ripe for the picking away from Big East powerhouse Connecticut...



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:24 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

By the way my sources in North Dakota say it's pretty cold up there. 



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:22 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

My New Jersey sources are saying

That's hilarious.  I'm writing CBS to immediately upgrade your rookie status.  Anyone that has sources in New Jersey should at least be an all-star.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:53 pm
 

With Greg Schiano gone, what next for Rutgers?

My New Jersey sources are saying the wish list for Rutgers includes Rick Neuheisel, Al Groh, former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley and ex-Notre Dame legend Jerry Faust.


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