Sunrise in the East: Dark 'Knights'

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Traveling to Tampa today, where I'll be covering South Florida-Kansas tonight at the pirate ship. So, posts will be light until game time but I will have a feature on Syracuse QB Cam Dantley a little later.

Now, onto the links, starting with Rutgers, where the sun did in fact rise this morning after last night's embarrassing loss.

  • Greg Schiano did a wonderful job building Rutgers from almost nothing. But Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi says now, with everything in place, Schiano has to prove he can coach after this 0-2 start. As Schiano wrote:

"Now what, Greg?

Because the truth after this abomination of a 44-12 loss to North Carolina Thursday night is this: The 0-2 start falls squarely on the head coach. We will learn this season if Schiano can do more than build a program. We will find out if Schiano can actually coach a consistent winner, too, because the early returns in 2008 are not promising, to put it nicely.

"I would wait to see how this team turns out before you say it's a flop, because I don't think it will be," Schiano insisted when this one finally ended, which is easier to say with Navy and Morgan State up next on the schedule. His Scarlet Knights have given no reason for long-term optimism, and a brutal October could derail much of the progress his program has made the past two years.

To think, Michigan hoping Schiano would leave Piscataway last winter to take the reins in Ann Arbor. Right now, Eastern Michigan wouldn't bring him in for an interview. He has coached some bad teams in his eight seasons, but this is entirely different."

  • Running back Kordell Young didn't play last night because of knee soreness, Tom Luicci reports. And backup defensive end Gary Watts is out for the year.

  • Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times says USF defensive end George Selvie is getting the star treatment: double- and triple-teams and everything else to keep him from recording a sack this season.

"He's taking up two blockers, and a lot of times, he's just a step away from getting a sack," defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said. "They're doing special schemes on him, and he's still succeeding. If people sprint away from him, what's he going to do?"

  • Greg Robinson is a defensive guy. But since he arrived at Syracuse, the Orange have been miserable defensively, Dave Rahme writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

  • Elijah Fields could take over as starting strong safety at Pittsburgh, Ray Fittipaldo notes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He played more snaps than starter Dom DeCicco against Buffalo. This notebook also includes word that Greg Cross might get a look at QB.

  • Louisville offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has decided to move to the coaches' box upstairs instead of being down on the field, C.L. Brown writes in The Courier-Journal.