Checkpoint #3 – Make 6-6 to 7-5 the minimum
In year three, Rutgers needs to solidify going to a bowl game or even surpassing bowl-eligibility requirements as the floor of the RU’s expectations. The program needs to have at least those results over the following few years.
Recruits, as well as opponents, will know that the identity of Rutgers is maybe not a team that will compete for a Big Ten title yet but are far from being a doormat either. The program no longer rolls over for the big boys and can make things interesting in any given game.
Now Rutgers will have an easier time recruiting, and should be getting close to locking down the state.
Checkpoint #4 – Finishing the season ranked by year 6
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By year six at the latest, Schiano has to get the Knights to a top-25 end of season ranking. Appearing in the polls at times during the season is okay, but RU has to be a team that can finish ranked.
Even if the team never appears in the rankings until the very last poll, it’s still a big win. As long as they prove themselves as a true top 25 team, At this point, it will start getting hard for Jersey recruits to turn down a program where they can be close to home, get a great education, and be on a legitimately good football team, with a great coach.
At that point, Schiano will be in a position to further pursue and, at least have a real shot, to approach the rest of his tenure with his goal of winning both a Big Ten and a National Championship.
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