The Rutgers Scarlet Knights hired a new head coach earlier this week – well, kind of.
Former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is back. Schiano took over the Scarlet Knights football program in 2001 and led the team until 2011.
After eight years away from the university, Schiano is back and his former boss thinks he’s the only one that can succeed at the program.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer gave his former defensive coordinator some advice at his new job. He thinks Rutgers should try to get into the Big Ten West.
Here’s Meyer’s advice for Schiano, per 247Sports:
“I think there’s only one person that can probably have a chance (at Rutgers). The first thing is try to get them over on the other side of the Big Ten. I don’t think that’s going to happen for him. If they can get in the Big Ten West, that gives him a shot. It’s just so difficult in the Big Ten East.”
Former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash struggled to recruit New Jersey, something Schiano did well during his time at the university. Meyer thinks Schiano needs to hit recruiting trail hard in New Jersey to keep the top talent from fleeing the state.
“Greg knows all of those people, but he’s got to land a few of them,” Meyer said of Schiano.
“That’s the only shot they have. You can talk about everything else. He’s got to get some of the kids out of Bergen County and New Jersey to play for him.”
Will Schiano succeed?