Schiano Says Playing in Meadowlands is Purely Financial

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano isn’t thrilled about taking his team away from the cozy confines of Rutgers Stadium on Saturday in order to play Army (4-2) at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

But since Rutgers (3-2) will make $2.7 million for the game, compared with $1.5 million for a normal home game, it was a necessary evil.

“It was purely financial. I know as the head coach of the football program at Rutgers, we’re part of the University, we’re part of an Athletic Department and I don’t think it would be responsible not to take advantage of the opportunity that’s presented to us,” Schiano said Tuesday. To read more of this story, click here

The Chas is On for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. —  Chas Dodd threw for 81 touchdowns and more than 10,000 yards at Byrnes High School in Lyman, S.C., but when Rutgers coach Greg Schiano recruited him he didn’t imagine that Dodd would be starting anytime soon.

That’s because Schiano already had his “quarterback of the future” in 6-foot-5 Tom Savage.

“Obviously, when we recruited [Dodd] we didn’t think that there would be the need for it,” Schiano said Monday after Rutgers practice. “But then Tom got injured.”

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Tulane-Rutgers Could Feature Battle of Injured QBs

When Tulane visits Rutgers on Saturday, fans could be treated to a battle of injured quarterbacks….or a battle of backups.

Ryan Griffin, Tulane’s starter, suffered a sprained left shoulder in last week’s 42-23 loss to Houston, but is expected to start for the Rutgers’ Homecoming game (ESPN3, 2 p.m.)

“Griffin is going to start at quarterback,” Tulane coach Bob Toledo said in his weekly press conference. “Griffin will start.”

Rutgers starter Tom Savage endured bruised ribs in last Saturday’s 17-13 loss to North Carolina and was limited in practice Tuesday.

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Injured Savage Struggles in Rutgers' Loss

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As Tom Savage stood encircled by more than 20 reporters in the Rutgers football locker room early Saturday night, it was clear that his bruised ribs weren’t the only thing bothering him.

His heart and pride took a beating after he threw a critical fourth-quarter interception in a 17-13 home loss to North Carolina before 52,038.

And he wasn’t too happy with his footwork, either.

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Thomas May Sub for Injured Martinek

If Joe Martinek isn’t ready to go in Saturday’s game against North Carolina (3:30, ESPNU), true freshman Jordan Thomas will get his first career start.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen but I’m very confident in Jordan,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday. “I think he’ll do fine no matter what his role is. I think Jordan is getting better by the day. He has made a big leap from the end of the FIU game until today. I think he’s improved.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Prepares for Carolina Despite Uncertainty; Defensive End La Lota Transfers to RU

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Tom Savage isn’t sure which North Carolina defense he’ll be facing on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium (3:30, ESPNU).

Will it be the one with four potential NFL players, including star defensive tackle Marvin Austin?

Or will it be the one that has lost back-to-back 30-24 games while competing without those players?

“I know they’re talented kids but watching the film from the LSU game, their backups are right up there with them,” Savage, the Rutgers’ sophomore QB, said Monday after practice. “They’re great players. We’ve just got to focus on the X’s and O’s and not really worry about the personnel.”

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Rutgers Starts Slowly in Season Opener

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage knows that his offense barely looks ready to compete in the Big East, much less the Big Ten.

With chatter swirling that Rutgers could be invited to join the Big Ten down the road, the Scarlet Knights struggled offensively in their 31-0 victory over Norfolk State before 46,311 red-clad, tailgate-loving fans at Rutgers Stadium.

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Rutgers Football Opens 2010 Camp

Rutgers football players reported for camp on Thursday and spoke to the media.

Head coach Greg Schiano opens his 10th Camp at 2:40 Friday.

The Scarlet Knights were picked fifth in the eight-team Big East.

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Savage, Sanu Chemistry Critical for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Tom Savage and Mohamed Sanu play catch every day, often go out to eat with one another and even saw “Toy Story 3” together.

The duo hopes that off-the-field time together will pay off on the football field when Rutgers’ camp officially begins next month. The Scarlet Knights open the season Sept. 2 against Norfolk State.

“I know it’s tough to say that going out and getting food together is going to help out on the football field, but it helps us bond and helps us be able to communicate a little bit better out on the field,” Savage said Thursday at the Hale Center.

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