PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Rutgers quarterback Ryan Cubit has left the university.

``I'm sorry to see him leave,'' coach Greg Schiano said. ``I think you all know how fond I am of Ryan. I'm here to help him with anything he needs. I hope his career goes the way he'd like it to. I think any time you lose a good person and good football player, it's not something you want to do very often.

``But it's something he needed to do.''

Cubit was not immediately available for comment.

Bill Cubit, Ryan's father and Rutgers' offensive coordinator, refused to comment on his son's status when reached at his hotel room in New Orleans at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention.

There are reports that Ryan Cubit plans to attend Western Michigan, where his dad was the offensive coordinator from 1997-99.

Ryan Cubit started all 11 games in 2001, throwing for 1,433 yards, the most ever by a true freshman at Rutgers. He also set a school record for interceptions (19) and freshman records for touchdown passes (nine), attempts (268) and completions (120).

Cubit started four games this past season. Ted Trump and Ryan Hart also had starts this season. Cubit went 64-for-141 with five touchdown passes and six interceptions.