If anyone is able to give Rutgers fans an idea of their future under new head football coach Chris Ash, perhaps it’s, oddly enough, an Ohio State linebacker.
Ash took the job in Piscataway after two seasons as co-defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer at Ohio State, and one of his pupils, first-team All-Big Ten performer Raekwon McMillan, was very complimentary of Ash.
“He helped me a lot,” McMillan told Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media. “He was very direct with me when I was wrong. Even when I was in the right, he didn’t give me much praise. But when I was in the wrong, he told me and he told my (position) coach.”
If that sounds to you like a description Greg Schiano, who spent 11 seasons at Rutgers and is currently associate head coach at Ohio State, you’re not too far off.
“They are both very energetic guys. Both bring a lot of energy and a lot of knowledge about the game,” McMillan told Dunleavy. “I don’t see that many differences. A personality difference, you can sit down in the office with Coach Schiano and have a story talk. With Coach Ash, it’s all ball. He’s focused. He’s determined on trying to get to the next level.”
Ash and Rutgers fans alike hope Schiano’s success in Piscataway can be mirrored, but it will be a tough road. Rutgers was 4-8 last season and losers in four of its final five games.
The Scarlet Knights will get a shot at the Buckeyes Oct. 1 in Columbus.