Part I: NJ.Com’s Daniel Duggan Answers Rutgers Questions

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What’s goin’ on?

I’m doing the same thing for Dan and NJ.com…

Anyway, here’s the first installment – a special thanks to Daniel….

Q: What happened to Rutgers? Weren’t the Knights suppsed to be pretty good this year?

A: What’s happened to Rutgers is the question everyone around here is asking.The Scarlet Knights were 4-1 entering a home game against Louisville and there were realistic thoughts of winning the American Athletic Conference and reaching a BCS bowl. Rutgers was competitive, losing 24-10, but no one left that game thinking the team was about to enter a tailspin.

Q: What’s happened at quarterback over there?

The one bad omen from the Louisville game was quarterback Gary Nova throwing four interceptions. He’s been a streaky player throughout his career and that game started a slide that he and the team still haven’t recovered from. Rutgers has lost 4-of-5 games — with a last-minute comeback over Temple the lone win — and has been blown three times since the Louisville game.

Nova hit rock bottom in last Thursday’s 41-17 loss at Central Florida, completing 11-of-34 passes for 107 yards and an interception. That led coach Kyle Flood to finally pull the trigger on a quarterback change, as he announced today that senior backup Chas Dodd will start against UConn.

Dodd has started 15 games in his career, including a win over UConn in 2010 as a freshman.

Will Kyle Flood be leading Rutgers into the Big Ten? Is his job safe?

Many of the fans would be willing to pack Flood’s bags for him, but I’d be surprised if he goes anywhere. He was the co-Big East coach of the year in his first season and, barring losses to UConn and South Florida, he’ll have Rutgers in a bowl in both of his seasons. It’s hard to imagine the school firing a coach with a winning record after two seasons. There are genuine concerns if he has what it takes to build a winner in the Big Ten, but I think he’ll get the opportunity. There definitely could be some changes on his staff, however.

 

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