Trouble at Rutgers?

This post has to do with sports and politics. Got a letter the other day from Jack Curtis. He is a one-time Republican alderman in Dover and an elementary school principal in Roxbury.

Referring to Gov. Christie’s condemnation of teacher salaries, Curtis wondered why the governor has not commented on the estimated $1.2 million (plus perks) received by Greg Schiano, the Rutgers football coach,

It’s not a bad question when you think about it.  And when you realize that Schiano’s program seems to be stuck in a ditch, it’s a pretty good question.

It is true that Rutgers has gone to five  bowl games in a row. But it’s not hard to go to bowl games anymore. In truth, ever since a great year in 2006 that saw the Scarlet Knights just miss going to the Orange Bowl, the team’s performance has been mediocre. And things have not started well this year – consider a recent home loss to Tulane (no great power) that dropped Rutgers to 2-2.

Curtis raises a good point.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

3 Responses to Trouble at Rutgers?

  1. Ted Doty says:

    Football brings more revenue and endowments to colleges than it spends. Curtis should really look into how many programs (sports and otherwise) that football supports.

  2. Bob Grant says:

    Ted, that is contrary to most studies I have seen. Most football program lose money for their schools and fewer than two-dozen are profitable. Rutgers spent a $1 million more than Notre Dame last year.

    A question for Fred. Is this coach still getting part of his pay from a vendor to the school? This was one of the things that drove Bob McCahy out.

  3. Ted Doty says:

    Bob, name one study…or any study. I can tell you that the entire sports programs at most Big East schools are funded by the footbal team. At least when I attended a former Big East school (Boston College)

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