Tag:Rutgers
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:48 am
 

Ex-Rutgers QB allowed to consider Florida schools

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not typical for the transfer of a backup quarterback from a team in the bottom half of the Big East to create as much press as that of Tom Savage, the Rutgers sophomore who decided after this past season to look for a new program. But most transfers don't feature a head coach -- in this case, the Scarlet Knights' Greg Schiano -- seemingly arbitrarily forbidding that quarterback from several of his preferred schools, the quarterback's father calling the head coach a "dictator," then the father saying that he actually didn't call the coach a dictator .

And now, in the latest development, Schiano's done a little backtracking of his own. Despite his original decision being upheld (on the same day) by a Rutgers appeals committee, Schiano yesterday elected to let Savage consider previously off-limits Miami and Florida. According to Schiano, a conversation with Savage and a reminder of his quarterback's character led to the change of heart:
Schiano said he came to the decision ... after speaking with the one-time freshman All-American "and understanding his reasons better." He also said that the positive manner in which Savage has handled the transfer situation "and the quality young man that he is" played a role in changing his mind.

"I have a better understanding of his reasons for wanting to contact those schools after speaking with him," Schiano said of Savage, who has grandparents in south Florida. "Because of my relationship with Tom and everything he has meant to the program I have given him permission to contact the University of Miami and Florida."
In addition to the Hurricanes and Gators, Schiano approved six other schools he had previously barred Savage from contacting, allowing the quarterback to transfer to any of the 25 schools he had originally requested.

It couldn't have hurt Savage's argument that Schiano was criticized in some corners for the reasoning behind his decision (that Schano didn't want to help Florida programs he occasionally recruits against) being overly flimsy. But it's all water under the public bridge for now, and given Savage's impressive freshman season (2,211 passing yards, a 14-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio), there's a good chance some program is going to benefit nicely.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:56 am
 

Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In yesterday's Miami Herald, Tom Savage Sr. is quoted calling Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano a dictator. The reason for this was because Savage was upset that Schiano and Rutgers had placed limitations on where his son, Tom Savage, could transfer. Schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami and Michigan have all been taken off the table, which the Savages don't think is fair considering that none of those schools are in the Big East with Rutgers.

“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer."

Now the elder Savage is saying that he was misquoted by the paper, this time talking to The Star-Ledger.

“This is why I don’t talk to the media and usually don’t read anything that’s written,” Savage Sr. said. “Things get taken out of context all of the time. I don’t have any hard feelings toward Greg Schiano. I never had any problems with him.

“Sure, I was upset that a couple of schools that Tom wanted to contact were blocked. So when I was asked the question I said, ‘I don’t like anyone to dictate where my son can play football or go to college.’ I never called Greg Schiano a dictator or any other name.”

It's easy to see how Savage Sr. could have been misquoted in this case, though I'm not entirely sure how someone can confuse "be dictator" with "to dictate where." That being said, I'll give Savage the benefit of the doubt here. Besides, there are other parts of his quotes that I need to question. He said this is why he never talks to the media, yet here he is talking to the media for the second time in a couple of days. Then he says he doesn't read anything that's written.

Then what do you read?

Admittedly, neither of these things matter, but I want to know! I'm pretty sure that every word anybody has ever read has been written by somebody, or at the very least dictated -- there's that word again -- to somebody who was writing it down. Is there some new technology out there I'm not aware of?
Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Tom Savage's dad calls Greg Schiano a 'dictator'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tom Savage is going to transfer from Rutgers to continue his college career elsewhere, but he announced over the weekend that he wouldn't be making a decision on where he'd be transferring until the spring.  Why is he waiting so long?  Well, choosing a school should take some time.  You want to make sure you make the right choice after already making the wrong decision once. Oh, and then there's the fact that Rutgers is taking away so many of your options.

Talking to the Miami Herald, Savage's father, Tom Savage Sr., says that they'll be appealing the limitations Rutgers has put on Savage's transfer. He also has some unkind words for Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.

“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said of Schiano. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer.

Miami called his high school coach and said they really like Tom and he would fit well in their offense and they are really interested. Tom is interested. He has always loved Miami.”

Miami is one of the schools Rutgers won't allow Savage to leave for. It's on a list with other schools like Florida, Florida State and Michigan. Four schools that aren't in the Big East with Rutgers. It's normal that a school wouldn't want a player to transfer within the conference, but to not allow Savage to go to these four schools really doesn't make a lot of sense. If Schiano is worried about recruiting in Florida, if he let Savage go to one of the Florida schools, that's one less quarterback those schools will be looking to sign next season.

The appeal will be heard within the next ten days, and the panel will consist of three Rutgers professors. Hopefully they'll be a bit smarter about the situation than Schiano has been.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Very good news about Eric LeGrand

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In October, Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was covering a kickoff against Army when he took a hit.  A hit that left him paralyzed and doctors suspected would keep him from ever walking again.  Since then, however, LeGrand has been making progress in his recovery.  Doctors have changed the diagnosis of his paralysis to incomplete, and he's been able to breathe on his own without a ventilator since late November.

Which is great news, but the news seems to keep getting better for LeGrand.  According to the Newark Star-Ledger, LeGrand now has movement in his shoulders and "full sensation" throughout his body.  He previously only had feeling in his hands.

All of which is fantastic news for LeGrand, his family, Rutgers and college football fans in general.

LeGrand recently gave his first interview since being paralyzed, and it will be aired on ESPN on Friday morning.  In the interview LeGrand said that when he was carted off the field during that October game, he wanted to give the crowd a thumbs up, but felt like "1,000 pounds was on his thumb."


Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:05 pm
 

WVU to be without Brandon Hogan in bowl game

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When West Virginia takes on North Carolina State in the Champs Sports Bowl it's going to have quite a void to fill in its secondary.  Head coach -- for now -- Bill Stewart announced during his press conference on Tuesday that the team's top cornerback, Brandon Hogan, will not be playing in the game thanks to a torn ACL.

"It just kills me, but not near as bad as it kills him," Stewart said on Tuesday. "Brandon Hogan played with a bicep injury, one in which many wouldn't have played with -- that's how tough the kid is. I was holding out hope that he would be ready to play in this football game, for his sake and for the seniors' sake. He's such an important cog on this defense."

Hogan suffered the injury during West Virginia's final game of the season against Rutgers on December 4th.  The team had been hoping that Hogan would be able to put off surgery on the knee until after the game, but that's obviously not going to happen at this point.  Stewart said that either sophomore Pat Miller or freshman Brodrick Jones will start in Hogan's place, and that the team may blitz more to try and make up for Hogan's absence.

Why he'd give away that strategy during a press conference, I don't know.

This won't be the first game Hogan has missed this season, as he was suspended earlier this season following a DUI arrest.  Hogan finishes his senior season with 37 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:25 am
 

Kent State to hire Ohio State's Hazell

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As the old saying goes: if you can't beat 'em, hire 'em away.

So with the rest of Ohio now 0-for-the-last-89-years against the neighborhood bully in Columbus, it's no surprise that Kent State (out of Kent, Ohio, natch) has looked to the staff of Ohio State for their next head coach, Buckeye receivers coach and assistant head coach Darrell Hazell. Hazell is due to be announced as the new coach of the Golden Flashes at a press conference set for 3 p.m. EST later today, having won the job over co-finalists Curt Cignetti, the Alabama wide receivers coach, and Bobby Kennedy, the Texas receivers coach. (One way or another, safe to say the Golden Flashes were going to get some high-quality receiving coaching next year.)

With Hazell installed at Kent, Pete Lembo at Ball State, and Dave Doeren at Northern Illinois, only Temple and Miami (OH) are still looking for coaches following what might be called the Great MAC Coaching Upheaval of 2010.

Hazell comes to Kent having been with Jim Tressel's Buckeyes since 2004 and with experience as the assistant head coach at both Ohio State and his previous stop at Rutgers. But the likely decisive factor in his hire is his knowledge of the rich Ohio recruiting scene, honed not only from his years under Tressel but his three-year stint as the Oberlin College offensive coordinator from 1989-1991.

And what team just-so-happens to be that last Ohio team to beat Ohio State? Oberlin, by a 7-6 score back in 1921 . If Hazell can reproduce anything remotely like that kind of magic, he won't be at Kent for long.

Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In a college football season that's already seen Eric LeGrand paralyzed at Rutgers and Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell pass away at age 20 after battling cancer, maybe we should be thankful the terrible news today regarding Syracuse punter Rob Long isn't worse already:
[Long] will not participate in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl due to surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long notified the Syracuse University sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed on December 2, 2010 revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery.
Long will, obviously, miss the practices leading up to the bowl as well, and as a senior, his Orange career has come to an end. One of the many shames in this situation is that he will not be able to participate in what would have been the only bowl game of his and his fellow Syracuse seniors' careers. And however badly he'll be missed on the punting unit -- at 43.3 yards an attempt, he will go down ranked second in school history in punting average -- his absence will be felt even moreso in the locker room, where Long is a captain, popular teammate, and longtime 'Cuse fan favorite. (Syracuse blogger Sean Keeley writes that there's "probably some truth " to the idea that Long has been the team's MVP over the past few years.)

But clearly nothing football-related matters a bit next to a full recovery for Long from his upcoming surgery. The College Football Blog 's thoughts go with him as we wish him the speediest recovery possible.


Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Dion Lewis, Pitt love the snow

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Pitt needs some help from its Big East brethren if its going to win the Big East and head to the Fiesta Bowl next month, but first the Panthers have to pick up a win on the road against Cincinnati.  So far, so good.

At halftime in Cincinnati, in the snow, the Panthers hold a 21-10 lead, and look like a team that should have been playing in snow all season.  While the offense hasn't been perfect, particularly the passing game, but it has been efficient given the playing conditions.  The one person who seems to be benefitting the most from the snow is running back Dion Lewis.

At halftime Lewis has 164 yards rushing and three touchdowns.  His season high coming into today's game was 130 yards against Rutgers back in October.  It looks like Lewis is taking advantage of his shiftiness in conditions that don't exactly make it easy for defenders to cut and change direction smoothly.

If the kid played in Alaska, he might end up the greatest college football player ever.

As for the help Pitt needs from the rest of the Big East, the Panthers need West Virginia to lose to Rutgers, and at halftime in Morgantown, WVU is up 14-7.  They also need UConn to lose to South Florida, and that game will be played tonight.
 
 
 
 
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