Rutgers Football: 'Youth' Excuse Getting Old for Coach Greg Schiano

Double G SportsCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights clarifies an issue with an official during the first quarter against the Morgan State Bears at Rutgers Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jarrett Baker/Getty Images)
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It’s about time head coach Greg Schiano takes some of the blame. Schiano and staff are not getting the job done this season. Too often we hear the excuse of a “young” football team. This team is not all that young.

Sure, the depth chart is young, but the starting team is not uncharacteristically young. Of the 22 starters on the Rutgers football team, seven are sophomores and none are freshman. That means 15 of the 22 starters are at least in their junior season.

That’s young? I don’t think so.

Look at some of the top teams in the conference and in the country: they all have starters just as “young” as Rutgers. Alabama, the top team in the country, starts one freshman and six sophomores. Ohio State starts four sophomores. The Texas Longhorns start one freshman and five sophomores. Oklahoma starts four freshman and five sophomores this season.

How are those teams faring? A lot better than Rutgers so far.

West Virginia, the best team in the Big East mainly by default, starts two freshman and eight sophomores.

So, what’s the difference between these schools and Rutgers? It appears the other programs are getting their young players ready to play more quickly.  

Coach Schiano, please stop using the “young” football team excuse. We are getting tired of hearing it. It’s time you and the rest of your staff take the blame for this lackluster start to the season.

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