Sources: Rutgers to hire Ciarrocca as new OC
8:06 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN To repair Rutgers’sputtering offense, coach Greg Schiano is relying on a familiar
face.Rutgers has targeted former Scarlet Knights assistant Kirk Ciarrocca as the school’s next offensive planner, sources told ESPN on Thursday.The handle Ciarrocca, who is currently the offensive organizer at Minnesota, has actually not been finished
and requires board approval, but it’s anticipated to be completed in the upcoming days. The dedication is expected to be significant, according to sources, as Ciarrocca was slated to average $950,000 over the next three years in Minneapolis after just recently signing a brand-new offer there.Ciarrocca has developed himself as a leading planner through his work under P.J. Fleck at both Western Michigan and two separate stints under Fleck at
Minnesota. He’s acted as offending coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both stops. Ciarrocca’s credibility is as a sound coach who seeks physical offensive lines, balance and playing mistake-free football.After firing Sean Gleeson in early October, Rutgers is looking for more general offending production and advancement at the quarterback position, which Ciarrocca is anticipated to coach.
Rutgers completed No. 127 in total offense( 282 yards per game)and No 124 in scoring(17.4 ppg )last season.Sophomore quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, who left high school early to sign up with the program in 2021, has actually finished just 45%of his passes and has 9 interceptions and five touchdown passes.Ciarrocca had Minnesota ranked No. 16 nationally in rushing offense
this season, his very first back in Minneapolis after taking the Penn State offending organizer job in 2020. He got fired from there and invested a year in an off-field function at West Virginia prior to reuniting with Fleck at Minnesota for 2022. He ‘d operated at Rutgers formerly under Schiano from 2008 to 2010, the final two seasons as the school’s co-offensive coordinator.This marks the 3rd staff defection for Minnesota in current days, all of whom left for considerable raises. Corners coach Paul Haynes left for Wisconsin
, and defensive line coach Brick Hailey departed for Purdue.Rutgers opens with home games against Northwestern, Temple and Virginia Tech in 2023.