PISCATAWAY, N.J. – His program in turmoil, embattled Sayreville (N.J.) High School football coach George Najjar received an unequivocal vote of confidence from inside the Rutgers football locker room Saturday night.
Scarlet Knights defensive end David Milewski, a Sayreville grad, defended his former coach as “the perfect guy for the job.”
Amid a celebratory locker room after Rutgers’ 26-24 win over Michigan, Milewski chose his words carefully when asked for his reaction to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s investigation into hazing allegations among Sayreville’s players, and the arrest of Bombers defensive coordinator Charlie Garcia for steroid possession. Sayreville forfeited Friday’s game against South Brunswick and might end up shutting down the program for the season.
“I heard the news, but honestly I have no idea what happened,” said the senior, who made four tackles against Michigan. “I was completely out of the loop and I don’t really know anything so I’m reluctant to comment.”
But he wanted to comment about Najjar, who is one of the New Jersey’s most respected high school coaches.
“The one thing I can say is Coach Najjar runs a tight ship,” he said. “I have so much respect for Coach Najjar. I know whatever decisions he’s making, he’s making the right ones. I have no hesitation to think that, because Coach Najjar’s big on character. He’ll get it all figured out.”
The other Sayreville alum in Rutgers’s starting unit, free safety Delon Stephenson, called Najjar “a great guy” and said, “I hope everything works out for him.”
Like Milewski, however, Stephenson sought to distance himself from the current situation at his alma mater.
“I graduated a couple of years ago, so I don’t know what’s going on there,” he said.