Rutgers Football: The Offseason 'To Do' List for the Scarlet Knights

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Rutgers Football: The Offseason 'To Do' List for the Scarlet Knights
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With Schiano's departure to the NFL, the to-do list got a bit longer for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program.

What seemed to be an easy offseason for Rutgers, transitioning from a team picked last in the Big East in 2011 to a team poised to win the Big East in 2012 got a lot more interesting after Schiano chose to take over the Tampa Bay Bucs.

A team returning a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, along with the second full season under a complete coaching staff that was working together well, seemed like a good combination.

However, it was not to be.

Now, in scramble mode as rumors abound surrounding a shakeup of the current staff of coaches, RU finds itself with a lot of work to do in preparing for 2012.

The No. 1 item on the to-do list for Rutgers has already been accomplished: name a new head coach.

RU athletic director Tim Pernetti was set to name Mario Cristobal head coach, but when negotiations fell through, he had to act fast with signing day approaching.

In the end, he settled on current staff member Kyle Flood, who had served as the offensive line coach, as the new head coach at Rutgers.

That led to the completion of the second item on the to do list: hold the recruiting class together.

Flood did just that.

Here are five more things the Knights have to do this offseason to make 2012 the year RU wins the Big East and please the fanbase...

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