Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Greg Schiano gave his weekly press conference Monday as Rutgers (1-5) heads into Saturday’s noon kickoff against UConn (5-1) at Rutgers Stadium. Here are a few quick highlights:
**Domenic Natale, a 6-2, 210-pound redshirt junior who transferred from Michigan State, has been elevated to the No. 2 QB spot behind starter Mike Teel. He replaces Chris Paul-Etienne.
“Dom is healthy again,” Schiano said. “He wasn’t in full force (earlier). He’s a lot closer to it than he’s been.”
**Schiano on UConn RB Donald Brown, a Red Bank (NJ) CAtholic grad who leads Division 1 in rushing yards (177.8 ypg) and TDs (12).
“Donnie Brown is one of the best running backs in the country….This week we face a back who’s a dominating, traditional tailback. He runs strong, breaks tackles.”
Schiano added that Brown never “got away” from Rutgers because he was never offered a scholarship.
“He didn’t get away,” he said. “We didn’t offer him a scholarship. Certainly he’s been a great player for Connecticut.”
**Schiano on whether he would consult former Miami coach Larry Coker, the color analyst on ESPNU.
“That’s a good idea. I’ll probably give him a call today.”
**Gametime for the Oct. 25 game at Pitt is set for 3:30 on ESPN.360.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.