Greg Schiano’s second Rutgers tour is about to begin
It started with a will-he-or-won’t-he saga, a soap opera of a coaching search that culminated with Greg Schiano returning to Rutgers after a lengthy and dramatic back-and-forth entanglement.
Three months later, the novel coronavirus hit. There was no spring football. The Big Ten went to a league-only schedule, then canceled the fall football season, only to reinstate it.
Finally, nearly 11 months after he reintroduced himself as Rutgers’ new football coach with a fire-and-brimstone speech, Schiano’s team will be on the field. The highly anticipated second go-around is at long last here. The “Chop” is back.
“It has been a roller coaster,” Schiano said this week, as Rutgers prepared to visit Michigan State on Saturday (noon, Big Ten Network) to kick off this truncated Big Ten season. “The whole thing’s a roller coaster, but that’s the world we’re in right now.
“One of the things we talked about when this thing really hit was, it’s not good enough to survive. We wanted to thrive throughout this. That was a big part of what we talked to our team about, and I believe they have [thrived]. We learned a lot about ourselves.”
It’s still difficult to know what to expect. Schiano declined to name a starting quarterback, listing Nebraska transfer Noah Vedral and sophomore Artur Sitkowski as possibilities. It was one of five positions with an “or” label on the two-deep depth chart, meaning the starter had yet to be decided. Key players such as top offensive playmaker Raheem Blackshear, starting center Mike Maietti and quality defensive linemen Elorm Lumor and Willington Previlon are gone off a team that went 2-10 a year ago and was outscored 355-51 in nine Big Ten contests, all of them losses.
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