NJIT’s Winless Season Had Coach’s Cancer Scare

In case you missed it, the New Jersey Institute of Technology was able to accomplish what the New England Patriots couldn’t, and finish their season with a perfect record.

NJIT Highlanders winless season

Yep, the Highlanders didn’t get a single win.

NJIT lost to Utah Valley State 76-50 on Saturday, completing their 2007-08 campaign with an 0-29 record. And like Clemson’s last visit to Chapel Hill, the Jersey boys’ visit out west made NCAA history, as the Highlanders set a new mark for most losses in a season.

Pity poor coach Jim Casciano, who already had enough to deal with this year.

To start the season, he had to witness his squad get drubbed 70-28 by Manhattan. Then Casciano soon took a 12-game leave of absence, which he finally revealed was due problems with diabetes, depression and a cancer scare.

Even before Saturday’s finale, Casciano had enough, announcing his resignation on Wednesday. He summed up the Highlanders’ low season with this observation: “You keep waking up and it’s the same thing.”

If he’s not leaving with any victories, at least Casciano can exit with a little dignity, knowing he kept his phone off the hook at the right times.