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Rutgers sophomore quarterback Art Sitkowski addresses the media after practice Tuesday in Piscataway.

Rutgers football players are trying to keep it business as usual this week, as they prepare for a home game Saturday against Maryland, in the wake of their coach, Chris Ash, getting fired.

Starting quarterback Art Sitkowski, the true sophomore from nearby Old Bridge, says the team meeting where Chris Ash told them he’d been fired was emotional.

Sitkowski says he’s thankful for everything Ash had done for him.  “The same thing goes for Coach McNulty,” he added.  “I cannot thank him any more.  He’s truly changed the way I play the game and truly changed the way I prepare and how much I appreciate football, and how much it takes to make it one day.  I can’t thank those guys enough for what they did for me.”

Sitkowski says he’s looking forward to “getting back out there and having fun” with his teammates this Saturday.

For Sitkowski’s backup, Jonny Langan – the Boston College transfer – he’s disappointed, but also excited.  That’s because his new head coach – Interim head man Nunzio Campanile – was his high school coach at Bergen Catholic just a few years back.

“Coach Nunz is my absolute favorite coach I ever got to play for,” says Langan.

And Langan thinks Campanile will have no problem reaching the Scarlet Knights.

“He just can relate to everybody here,” says Langan.  “There’s a lot of New Jersey guys out here, so it’s kind of like we’re all talking the same language.”