UNC Crushes Rutgers’ Fantasies

Here is what we wrote on June 28:

We expect the Rutgers losses to start against Fresno State and we anticipate that every tough opponent will throttle Schiano’s Schoolboys. By season’s end we expect Rutgers Stadium to be as empty as a cemetery at midnight in a blizzard — and watch that diminished enthusiasm crush ticket sales for the 2009 campaign. New Jersey fans have no affection for losers and they will show it by not showing up.

Today, even homer Luicci writes in the Ledger: Rutgers didn’t just lose to North Carolina tonight.

The Knights were so bad fundamentally in their 44-12 loss to the Tar Heels that the sellout crowd of 42,502 emptied Rutgers Stadium before the fourth quarter even began.

The AP moved this storyNorth Carolina embarrasses Rutgers on national TV.  Bad as that headline is, the story stings even more: The start is worst for the Scarlet Knights since 2002, when they finished 1-11 in Schiano’s second season. It also was the worst home loss since being thrashed 40-0 by West Virginia that same year.

In many ways, the Scarlet Knights looked like the Rutgers of old. They blew pass coverages on all three of Yates’ TD passes, had a bad punt lead to a North Carolina score and saw their senior quarterback turn the ball over three times.

The New York Times piled on with a story headed, Rutgers makes losing look easy. The reporter wrote: “We just don’t quite understand how to seize the moment right now,” Schiano said.

Watch Schiano’s lauded recruiting class fall away like leaves in an October storm, and watch the “season ticket waiting list” evaporate like spilled water in the Thar Desert.  

As for Schiano, his sideline visage is that of a deer in the headlights.  He is clueless, simple as that, although he was smart enough to wrestle $2 million per year on a longterm contract from the even more clueless athletic director Robert Mulcahy, III.

The fans, apparently, are not as clueless.  Per Steve Politi in the Ledger

The fans are turning on his program already. The Scarlet Knights heard some boos in the 24-7 season-opening loss to Fresno State, but nothing like what they heard Thursday night. When quarterback Mike Teel threw the second of his three interceptions late in the second quarter — an inexplicable throw to the end zone when intended receiver Tim Brown had four North Carolina defenders surrounding him — the reaction was instant and ugly.

One fan in the upper deck tossed his Scarlet baseball cap over the edge. Another fan in the student section gave the ESPN cameras a one-fingered salute. The fans who crowded the bandwagon in 2006 booed loudly when Teel took a knee to run out the clock at the half.

Memo to the BoG: it would be criminally stupid to go forward with a $100+ million stadium expansion.  By the Army game Rutgers Stadium will be half empty at kick-off.  This is a bad coach, a bad team, an embarrassing waste of tens of millions of dollars.  Pull the plug now before the school itself goes down the drain.  Students are sleeping in dormitory lounges because there are no beds — only demented jocksniffers would even discuss pouring tens of millions more dollars into the Schiano-Mulcahy rat hole.

Stop the stadium expansion now.

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8 Responses to UNC Crushes Rutgers’ Fantasies

  1. Rutgers44000 says:

    Though the team will bounce back after this one, considering it actually outgained UNC, I have to agree that the expansion should be held off for now. The demand simply won’t be there after this loss. Maybe in another year or two.

  2. ferdek says:

    Rutgers44000: “Rutgers actually outgained UNC?” SO WHAT! RU was awful especially the defense which is Schiano’s responsibility. 44-12 is a pounding and his mentor could have poured it on late in the game. UNC put second and third teams in the fourth quarter to hold the score down. The reality is this: very average to below average team with no ability to adjust their game plan. The players have no zest and the chop chop is ancient history.

  3. John Lister says:

    I have to agree that the expansion should be held off for now. The demand simply won’t be there after this loss. Maybe in another year or two.

    …a point that the BoG, Mulcahy and McCormick glossed over at the Stadium expansion presentation in January, when participants commented that it would be better to wait 5 years or so to verify that the demand was really there.

    Unfortunately the January nay-sayers were doomed to be Cassandras, drowned out by the jungle drums of the boosters.

  4. Rutgers44000 says:

    John, the demand clearly was there back in January, and something that no one really saw coming has reduced it (I would assume). Hell the demand might even remain if we can get back on track and have a decent season (which is more likely than you think). But for now, they should wait and see.

  5. corRUption says:

    Quinlan will be the new AD by June 30th.Corzine,Codey and the BOG member will all play musical chairs with Lounge and preferred stadium seating.Chris Christie will finally launch a full blown inquiry in to the last decade of questionable spending and contracts surrounding the program. And yes,”THE JERSEY JOKE” will continue.

  6. UpsetAlumni says:

    Did I see right? Were the two former Florida recruits facing gun charges on the sideline? What’s that all about? So this is the program we are building and you want more funding for. Since when did Rutgers become a halfway house or haven for the criminal element and when did the NJ taxpayer approve this?

  7. Milkman says:

    Students sleeping on dorm floors whie football players get 4 star local hotels and room service for “HOME” games to stay focused. Here’s your priorities McCormick.

  8. John Lister says:

    Rutgers4400: John, the demand clearly was there back in January, and something that no one really saw coming has reduced it (I would assume). Hell the demand might even remain if we can get back on track and have a decent season (which is more likely than you think). But for now, they should wait and see.

    That was true, but it’s beside the point. You don’t make a 30-year commitment based on one year’s demand. Especially when historically the demand hasn’t been there.

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