A couple more former assistants have landed on their feet as Brian Angelichio is apparently going to join Hafley and Cignetti at Rutgers
Incidentally, when it all shakes out, don't be surprised to see a third Pitt assistant end up on the Rutgers staff before it is all said and done.
"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. "I think everybody was thing (last May) as schools were moving and looking that may be the direction (a 16-team conference). Our commissioner and our league decided to study it for a year."
The Rutgers coach will hold a 3 p.m. press conference today, at which time he is expected to acknowledge changes to his coaching staff are coming.
As one person familiar with Schiano's thought process put it this past week, "Let's just say (Schiano) is going to go into a new direction (philosophy-wise)."
RivalsHigh has learned that four-star running back Chevelle Buie has been suspended for a violation of school rules and will not be available for the Class 2A semifinal.
The nature of Buie's defense was not disclosed, but school officials said it was not for an act of violence and did not involve drugs or alcohol.
Would you like to go back to the playing style you had a couple years ago?
"I am definitely going to examine all of that but I am going to wait until this week is over. This week, we are going to be who we are now and then at the end of the season I am going to evaluate all of that. That is going to be a big part of the evaluation… who are we? Part of who we are is what am I comfortable with because I am the one that has got to go to bed comfortable with it. I will evaluate that all at the end of the season and it may very well be just what we are doing but I have to evaluate it."
ON ALL THE TALK BEFORE THIS GAME ABOUT TECH’S RED-ZONE ISSUES AND TENDENCY TO RUN ... THEN 3 TDS IN 3 RED-ZONE TRIES TODAY, TWO OF THEM PASSING: "You know, I wasn’t even thinking about that until you guys said something to me Tuesday. We put in a whole new offense in the red zone. I actually brought my son Daniel. Somebody said a ninth-grader could do a better job in the red zone than you. So I brought Daniel down here and, heck, they were right. Wow. I go, ‘What do you think?’ He called it out. Boom, touchdown. He’s out there still celebrating."
"Going into his sophomore year he wasn’t doing the things that I demanded from my players, so I threw Kenny off the team because he wasn’t paying the price," Rodriguez said. "I think that woke him up. I said, ‘I won a state championship without you, I can win another one.’"
"I couldn't be prouder of our State University's football program's latest success," Christie said in a statement. "This tremendous achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes, coaches and the academic support staff at Rutgers."
Rutgers recently poured $102 million into its 52,454-seat football stadium and has a yet-to-be-financed proposal in place to go north of 70,000. It also can play occasionally at the new Jets/Giants Stadium that will seat around 82,500.
Rutgers is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (like all 11 Big Ten schools) and its football team posts elite APR (Academic Progress Rate) numbers because coach Greg Schiano recruits willing students and insists they sit in the first three rows of class.