Rutgers rehired Greg Schiano this offseason in hopes of resurrecting the program he led to six bowl appearances during his first stint as head coach (2001-2011), so it should come as no surprise the Scarlet Knights unveiled new uniforms on Monday afternoon that resemble what they wore when he last roamed the sidelines in Piscataway.
It’s a rather simple look that includes a scarlet helmet with a white facemask, a Block “R” on both sides and “F.T.C” on the front bumper, which stands for Family, Trust, Chop.
The jerseys, meanwhile, feature the Rutgers wordmark across the chest and a custom number font, as well as an adidas logo on the upper left chest and a Big Ten logo on the upper right chest. The Scarlet Knights were sponsored by Nike and played in the Big East during Schiano’s first tenure, so that and the width of the contrasting collar are only discernible differences with the new uniforms.
Last but not least, the pants include the aforementioned Block “R” on the right hip, the opposite of its previous placement.
Rutgers has tinkered with its uniforms quite a bit since Schiano’s departure for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2012 season. The Scarlet Knights’ uniforms for the next four seasons included a chrome helmet and a shoulder design meant to evoke a suit of armor.
Those uniforms were scrapped in 2016, Rutgers’ final year with Nike and their first under former head coach Chris Ash, for a toned-down look that included chainmail print on the sleeves.
The Scarlet Knights went back to their roots with the move to adidas in 2017, revealing a new uniform not all that different from Monday’s release. That look lasted just one season before Rutgers replaced its wordmark on the chest with a Block “R” on the collar and added Northwestern stripes to its sleeves and pants.
Check out more photos of Rutgers’ new uniforms below:
Photos courtesy of @RFootball on Twitter.