Greg Schiano talks atmosphere, engaging the Rutgers football fanbase during SiriusXM interview

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Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano gets that he has to give fans a reason to turn out and support his program. Now with his team 3-0 and ready to face a strong Iowa program on Saturday night, Schiano is hoping that the fanbase will turn out for what could be an important moment for his program’s rebuilding effort.

In an interview that aired on Thursday on Sirius XM’s Big Ten Radio, Schiano fielded a question about the expected atmosphere for Saturday’s game. Following his team’s 16-14 win at Temple last weekend, Schiano declared that the upcoming home game would be a ‘Scarlet-out’ at SHI Stadium.

With news on Thursday that things are ‘trending’ towards a sell-out on Saturday, it is certainly a sign that the tristate area is ready to embrace big-time college football again.

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“Well, I think it’ll be a great atmosphere. You know, I think you hit it on the head. We’re, we’re building it back up, you know, before we left the first time we had 22 straight sellouts so that’s, that’s a little over three years worth of straight sellouts, right?” Schiano said on SiriusXM on Thursday.

“So that was getting good and we just got to get back to that. You know, a lot of these college towns that’s all there is in the town. We have three pro football teams within 45 minutes of our campus. Same thing basketball, same thing baseball, so there’s plenty of choices for the fans [and their] entertainment dollar and when we’re winning at Rutgers, they show up.

“But it is an event-driven area. And you know, we got to give them a reason. make this an event and then they’ll show up.”

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Saturday’s game against Iowa will be under the lights at SHI Stadium. The game will be nationally televised on FS1 with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 P.M. ET.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire