Rutgers coach Schiano saddened by Paterno news
It wasn’t a surprise that Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was
saddened by the news that Joe Paterno would be retiring as Penn
State’s football at the end of the season in the wake of a child
sex abuse scandal involving one of his trusted former coaches.
”Joe Pa” gave Schiano his big break in coaching and seeing the
84-year-old legend having to call it a career on not really his own
”I love coach Paterno so am I emotional,” Schiano said
Wednesday after Rutgers finished practice for Saturday’s game
against Army. ”People you love and care about, this is a hard
thing for him, I’m sure. I know it is. So it hurts me when someone
you love hurts.”
Paterno hired Schiano to be a graduate assistant in 1990 and
promoted him to defensive backs coach the next year.
Schiano also isn’t letting the situation with Paterno distract
from his job of preparing Rutgers (6-3) for its game at Yankee
”I know he’d want me to do nothing else but take care of my
team,” said Schiano, who is in his 11th season at Rutgers and has
the Scarlet Knights bowl eligible for the sixth time in seven
years. ”He’s not a big sentimental guy. `Do your job, kid.’ That’s
what he’d say.”
Schiano spent six seasons total at Penn State before working
three years with the Chicago Bears and two at the University of
Miami and eventually taking over Rutgers in 2001.
While with the Nittany Lions, he worked under defensive
coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with molesting
eight boys in 15 years, including one at the Penn State football
Schiano said he knew Paterno would eventually retire but he said
it was hard to see him make his decision under the current
”I’ll be rooting for coach Paterno,” Schiano said. ”Hopefully
he has a great end to these next couple of weeks. The whole thing
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Paterno has had a tremendous
career. In fact, he said he played for Syracuse against Penn State
in Paterno’s first season as the Nittany Lions head coach.
”I have admired him for a long time,” Coughlin said.
Paterno has been the head coach at Penn State since 1966 and has
409 wins, a record for a major college football coach. He has led
the Nittany Lions to 37 postseason bowl games and two national
Coughlin said no coach may ever have that type of longevity
again because there is less patience with coaches, more pressure
and more money involved.
”The game is such it is very rare that you would have anyone
with that kind of impact on the game the way he has over the
years,” Coughlin said.