Monday, October 25, 2010
Rutgers licking wounds, physical and emotional
By Kieran Darcy
Two days after losing to Pittsburgh 41-21, the Rutgers football team is taking some time off to heal physically, as it also continues to grapple with the tragic injury to junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who remains paralyzed from the neck down due to a spinal cord injury suffered against Army on Oct. 16.
Head coach Greg Schiano, on the Big East's weekly coaches conference call, said Monday morning that there is no update on LeGrand's condition. "Not at this time," Schiano said. "I'll let you know as soon as there's information."
The Scarlet Knights held a team meeting last night, and the players have been given Monday and Tuesday off. Rutgers' next game isn't until a week from Wednesday, Nov. 3, at South Florida.
"We have a little chance to catch our breath here," Schiano said. "Emotionally [we're] kinda worn down. But we will get back at it. It's a group of tough people that will respond."
Also Monday, the New Jersey Nets announced that they are donating $75,000 to the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund," which has been set up to assist LeGrand and his family in the aftermath of his injury.
"Just an incredible gesture on their part," Schiano said of the Nets' donation. "It's reaffirmed what a special world college, and really just competitive athletics, is."
For more information on the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund" and how you can help, click here.