Dec. 12, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Ticker) - After leading Rutgers to one of the most successful season's in program history, coach Greg Schiano was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Coach of the Year.
A perennial doormat nationally and in the Big East Conference, Rutgers enjoyed a resurgence in 2006, winning 10 games for just the second time in the 137-year history of the program.
Schiano had the Scarlet Knights on the brink of a BCS bowl berth before an overtime loss at West Virginia cost Rutgers the Big East title and relegated them to a Texas Bowl matchup with Kansas State on December 28.
The award is voted on by the nation's 119 Division I coaches and sports information directors. Schiano is the second Rutgers coach to earn the honor joining Frank L. Burns, who won in 1976 when the Scarlet Knights went 11-0.
Recently recognized as the Big East Conference and Home Depot National Coach of the Year, Schiano is the first Big East coach to win the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award since Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer in 1999.
Penn State's Joe Paterno was honored last season and previous
winners include Bobby Bowden of Florida State, Michigan's Bo
Schembechler, Woody Hayes of Ohio State and Oklahoma's Barry