Rutgers Hoping New Football Unis Impact Recruiting

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NEW YORK — Can new Nike football uniforms help impact recruiting at Rutgers?

Head coach Kyle Flood and the players believe they can.

“I think it will be easy for recruits to recognize us,” Rutgers senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone told SNY.tv at the SNY studios when the uniforms were unveiled. “It will be a distinct look that incorporates a Scarlet Knight and battle ‘scars.’ I think it will be something that people will be able to identify us with and that will be a very positive thing for recruiting.”

The new uniforms were unveiled for the players Monday at the Hale Center and junior wide receiver Mark Harrison said the players got fired up when they saw them.

“It was so loud in there, I’m still getting my hearing back right now,” Harrison said. “It was exciting.” To read more of this story, click here

New Rutgers Coach Lands First Victory

During his introductory press conference Tuesday, Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood was asked by one reporter for an update on recruiting target Darius Hamilton, the son of former Giants All-Pro Keith Hamilton.

Flood wasn’t thrown off by the question, and accurately said he couldn’t comment on unsigned players.

“I can’t comment on that until [Wednesday] but I’m looking forward to commenting on it,” Flood said.

During his National Signing Day press conference on SNY Wednesday, Flood will be able to praise the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hamilton all he wants.

The No. 2 strongside defensive lineman in the Class of 2012, Hamilton chose Rutgers Tuesday night over Miami. He can sign Wednesday. To read more of this story, click here

Bosco's Hamilton to Decide Between Rutgers, Miami

Just a few hours after he is introduced today as Rutgers’ new football coach at a 1:30 press conference broadcast on SNY, Kyle Flood will learn whether he gets to coach Darius Hamilton.

The 6-foot-4 Hamilton, the son of former Giants great Keith Hamilton, is ranked the No. 2 strongside defensive end in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.

He will announce for either Rutgers or Miami. National Signing Day is Wednesday.

Asked if Hamilton had already decided in his own mind, Don Bosco coach Greg Toal told SNY.tv, “I got no idea, to be honest with you.” To read more of this story, click here

Paterno Mentions Rutgers to the Big Ten

During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Penn State coach Joe Paterno suggested that Rutgers could potentially join the Big Ten Conference.

“I don’t know where we’re (Big Ten) going to end up,” Paterno said. “There might be even some speculation that Penn State maybe ought to get into something different or we ought to try to go out and get some people from the East to come into the Big Ten, that we maybe ought to solicit Jim Delany and some of the leaders of the Big Ten, ‘Hey, why don’t we go take a good look at Syracuse and Pitt?’

“Now that they’re out of it, ‘Why don’t we take a look at Rutgers?’ and take a look at somebody that we can bring in from the East so that the Big Ten doesn’t end in State College.” To read more of this story, click here

Schiano Tries to Downplay Talk of Movement

Even as a New York Post report surfaced indicating that Rutgers and UConn could join the ACC within three weeks, Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano is trying to downplay the hype.

“My wife asked me [about it],” Schiano said Monday on the Big East conference call in advance of Saturday’s game against Ohio University.

“I’m getting it from you, my wife, everybody.  Like I said, it doesn’t matter because if we’re not ready to play, all this stuff is not going to matter.  We got to be ready to play and we’re playing a very good football team.”

Schiano said he is deferring all questions about Rutgers’ potential future to athletic director Tim Pernetti. To read more of this story, click here

QB Savage to Transfer from Rutgers

Tom Savage, once the quarterback of the future at Rutgers, will complete his college career somewhere else.

The University announced Saturday that Savage, a sophomore, and freshman running back Casey Turner have been granted conditional releases.

“I thought about it with my family and we just thought it was the best decision for me,” Savage told ScarletNation.com. “It is just a fresh start somewhere else.”

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Schiano Says LeGrand's in 'Good Spirits'

Here are video and quotes from Greg Schiano’s press conference Tuesday, in which he said injured defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who is paralyzed from the neck down after getting injured in Saturday’s win over Army, is in “good spirits.”

Opening Statement:

“Thanks for coming out. I am willing to answer any questions that I am allowed to. I will try and help you anyway I can.”

Any update on Eric LeGrand?

“I have seen him every day. He is in good spirits. There is nothing I can give you one way or another. We are really going to avoid getting into daily updates. When there is an appropriate update, Jason [Baum] and the media relations office will put that out. He is very aware of what is going on.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Hopeful LeGrand Will Walk Again

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano describes Eric LeGrand as the kind of kid who canmake you laugh with just smiling at you on the practice field.”

“He’s a special guy and a guy who really loves to play the game,” a somber Schiano said Sunday on a conference call. “I think a lot of people like it a lot. This kid loves it. From being in the locker room to practicing to games to the night before the game, he’s a great teammate.”

LeGrand, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound junior defensive tackle from Avenel, N.J., suffered a spinal cord injury while making a tackle on a kickoff with 5:10 left in regulation in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 23-20 overtime win against Army at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

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