Rutgers football: Quotes from Greg Schiano press conference

 eu.app.com  12/04/2019 19:40:07   Stephen Edelson and Daniel LoGiudice

On competing in the Big Ten:"Everybody's got to go all in, because here is the problem, we entered the Big Ten Conference a few years ago and the teams that we're looking up at right now, they are not waiting for Rutgers: Hey, come on guys, catch it, not even happening. They are moving.

I used to say we are chasing a moving target. Now I'm going to say it this way: We got to pass a moving target, and those are big targets, and it's going to take every single person, everyone.

So yeah if you got a lot of money, we need your money, make no mistake about it. But if you don't have a lot of money, we need you on the scarlet walk, we need that packed. We need you in that stadium. We need that stadium packed because those kids lay it on the line, and we don't need it -- with all due respect, we don't need it when we're seventh in the country, fifth in the country, first in the country. We need it right now. Not the beginning of the season. We need it right now.

When you're around the water cooler, you're around the coffee machine at work, we need you promoting Rutgers Football. Those block 'R' magnets, they have to be on your car. We have to create the importance, every single one of us. That has to happen."

Greg Schiano:'It's great to be home'

On goals for the program: "I would never ask a player to sit in one of these seats, go down in that weight room, go down on that field, if it wasn't to be the very best. That is our goal and it will never change: To hoist a National Championship trophy and be No. 1 in the country, to be the best."

On recruiting for next year: "We're not going to rush and just fill up guys to say we signed guys. That's not what we're going to do. We're going to take guys that are Rutgers men, guys that we know love the game of football. Because when they love football, then all the other stuff that maybe they are not so motivated to do, they are going to do it, because they know the coach they play for, you'd take care of business, otherwise you don't get to do what you love and that's been the way we do it, right."

On the breakdown on negotiations: "When it looked like it might be going off the rails, I'm not going to lie, I was very disappointed, very disappointed and even more so after we took that little secret trip and saw how beautiful the place has really become. But I was hopeful and these men here, and some other people, you know, that -- you know, that helped me out, really, really did a great job."

On fixing the offense: "We're going to do what it takes to win. Now offensively what I believe and how I've grown, I think you have to make teams defend you sideline-to-sideline. So we are not going to be -- if you get in tight, there's a reason. We want to make them depend 53 and a third and we also want to make them defend deep. So if that gives you a little insight, it's going to be people all over the place and make the defense -- because as a defensive coach, I hate when they do that to you."

On working with Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs: "Watch out for us together. We are going to make this thing special and I can't wait to do it with you. So shoulder to shoulder, as Mr. Brown said, shoulder-to-shoulder, here we go. I can't wait to do it."

On interim head coach Nunzio Campanile: "Nunzio Campanile did an incredible job, incredible job. We would text back and forth, and I was really excited for him because he's an excellent coach. He will be a head coach in major college when it's said and done, but he kept this group together, and he kept them fighting and that is not easy to do. If you follow sports, that is not easy to do in the situation they were. So Nunz, I really appreciate what you did."

On Eric LeGrand's support: "Eric, you got my back and you know that I always got your back, and if we don't, Miss Karen is going to knock us both out, so I got you."

On Chris Christie's critical comments: "Look, Chris and I, we go back a long way, and we're fine. I take no offense. People are going to say things. I know this; that he wants what's best for New Jersey, too. We'll be fine. Not a problem."

Gov. Phil Murphy

On the program's future: "We all came together and we are all here today under a common belief that a successful Big Ten football program will be a tremendous source of tried for Rutgers University. Rutgers University in turn is a tremendous source of pride for our entire state, and this is truly a unifying moment. We know a successful program will not only attract more top student athletes to Rutgers University, but it will attract more students to Rutgers University and with it, more people to New Jersey as a whole.

"Rutgers also has some tremendous and generous boosters, and we also know very well that they are not afraid to share their opinions, and I know that many of them are eager to be part of building a stronger foundation for this program and this university's future."

On keeping local high school players in state: "New Jersey's high schools have long been renowned for producing some of the best college football student athletes in the nation, and I know we now have a better chance again to have the best football players in New Jersey seriously consider Rutgers and keep them here at home."

Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs

On Schiano's first meeting with the players: "Coach told them, there aren't going to be a lot of rules. Everyone knows the right thing to do. It's going to be about family, f-a-m-i-l-y. What does that mean? "Forget about me, I love you," and that was repeated over and over in the room. We talked about selfishness and love for one another and how that love for one another is going to translate into success after success, not just during their time here at Rutgers, but beyond.

Second, he talked about trust, being honest, doing the right thing at the right time. You could have heard a pin drop in the room, this room, our training room. And the last thing he spoke about applies to all of us, as well. Every day, and every moment, we will be laser-focused, swinging that axe as hard as we can at everything we do, and as long as we keep chopping, the results will come."

Rutgers president Robert Barchi

On Schiano: "Greg Schiano had so many big moments during the 11 years he served here at Rutgers in the beginning of his career: Our first college Bowl game, pandemonium in pass cat way, his heroic efforts to support Eric LeGrand and his family, our year as No. 1 in the country in our academic performance and progress rate."

Stephen Edelson is a USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey sports columnist who has been covering athletics in the state and at the Jersey Shore for nearly 35 years. Contact him at: @SteveEdelsonAPP;sedelson@gannettnj.com.

Danny LoGiudice has covered local sports across New Jersey since 2014. Contact him at dlogiudice@gannettnj.com or @danny_logiudice on Twitter.

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