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Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:56 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In yesterday's Miami Herald, Tom Savage Sr. is quoted calling Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano a dictator. The reason for this was because Savage was upset that Schiano and Rutgers had placed limitations on where his son, Tom Savage, could transfer. Schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami and Michigan have all been taken off the table, which the Savages don't think is fair considering that none of those schools are in the Big East with Rutgers.

“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer."

Now the elder Savage is saying that he was misquoted by the paper, this time talking to The Star-Ledger.

“This is why I don’t talk to the media and usually don’t read anything that’s written,” Savage Sr. said. “Things get taken out of context all of the time. I don’t have any hard feelings toward Greg Schiano. I never had any problems with him.

“Sure, I was upset that a couple of schools that Tom wanted to contact were blocked. So when I was asked the question I said, ‘I don’t like anyone to dictate where my son can play football or go to college.’ I never called Greg Schiano a dictator or any other name.”

It's easy to see how Savage Sr. could have been misquoted in this case, though I'm not entirely sure how someone can confuse "be dictator" with "to dictate where." That being said, I'll give Savage the benefit of the doubt here. Besides, there are other parts of his quotes that I need to question. He said this is why he never talks to the media, yet here he is talking to the media for the second time in a couple of days. Then he says he doesn't read anything that's written.

Then what do you read?

Admittedly, neither of these things matter, but I want to know! I'm pretty sure that every word anybody has ever read has been written by somebody, or at the very least dictated -- there's that word again -- to somebody who was writing it down. Is there some new technology out there I'm not aware of?

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:39 pm

Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

When you sign the letter of intent accepting a full scholarship, you open yourself up to "dictators" and being "dictated to." Stick to your commitment, and the "dictators" take care of themselves.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:57 pm

Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

Who is Tom Savage Sr and more importantly who cares???????????? Let your son do his own talking. I am sure he is more than capable of articulating his own case.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:07 pm

Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

I think the real reason Tom Savage, Sr. doesn't talk to the media is that unless his son does something interesting on or around the football field, the media has zero interest in talking to him. I guess I missed when CNN, FOX, et al asked Tom Savage, Sr. to weigh in on the economy, Iraq, the Arizona shootings, etc.

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