Rutgers Football 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights gestures during the third quarter of a football game against the Maryland Terrapins at SHI Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Maryland defeated Rutgers 40-16. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

A wonderful story of heart and school spirit has come to lite as Rutgers is set to take the field today against Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl.

According to, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano had his senior players carried off the practice field for the final time as a token of appreciation for the years of hard work to the program.  While a story like this normally wouldn’t make headlines, since it is a normal tradition at Rutgers, it is unique for this reason: Schiano didn’t do the traditional “carry-off” at RU’s final regular season practice.

In fact, according to, the Rutgers head coach was torn about doing in the leadup to the Maryland game. At the time Rutgers was 5-6. A win and they would earn an automatic bowl bid. A loss and the season likely would have been over.

Apparently his patience paid off, and Schiano finally got a chance to make it up to his senior class, as they were carried off by their teammates down in Jacksonville on Thursday night.  SEE PHOTOS!

“Last practice I didn’t get carried off,’’ Rutgers sixth-year senior Nick Krimin said earlier this week. “I know that’s been a tradition.  It’s something I’m sure I’ll never forget. For the guys I’ve played with for so many years to do that I know it’s going to be special.’’