Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos will miss the season because he needs knee surgery.

Coach Greg Schiano disclosed the news Thursday, two days before the Scarlet Knights open their Big Ten season at Michigan State.

Schiano, who is starting his second stint at Rutgers, said Panagos has been in a lot of pain and decided to have his knee replaced. There was no word on when the surgery would happen.

Panagos can continue to recruit and mentor the linemen but cannot coach them.

Schiano said defensive assistant coach Charlie Noonan was named the interim defensive line coach. Graduate assistant Jamaal Westerman will help him. Both played at Rutgers for Schiano.

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