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Schiano: Unanimously, everyone is concerned about the onsides kick

Greg Schiano appeared as a guest on the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio this afternoon to talk about his proposal to eliminate kick-offs.

In case you missed Schiano’s proposal, you can read it here.

Today, Schiano further explained, “I worry as much about the onsides kick-off.  You’d be hard pressed to find a coach that doesn’t think the onside kick isn’t one of the most dangerous plays in sports.  It’s setup for some bad things.”

“I brought it up to my fellow Big East coaches at the Big East meetings. Unanimously, everyone is concerned about the onsides kick.  Then I think when you think about the regular kick-off, the size and speed has changed tremendously in the last 20 years. Certainly, the bone structure hasn’t.  So something has got to give.”

Schiano talked about the norm these days… a 240-250 linebacker that can really run.  After all, it’s still force = mass x acceleration.

“I don’t think the guys are more violent.  They are just much better trained and the training starts at such an early age.”

Of course, Schiano’s team is a blue-collar team, so don’t think he’s trying to gain an advantage that would benefit his style of play.

“I think people realize, especially people who know me, you may beat us, but you’re going to leave the game sore and bruised when you play a Rutgers team.  That’s not the intent…to the game a soft game.”

To wrap up the interview, Schiano did mention that Eric Legrand is gradually, but slowly improving.  His spirit is giving him a chance.

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