Losing $$ on a Bowl

Question: has Rutgers ever made money on a post-season bowl appearance?  

Right now, the fan base is in a lather about possible bowl appearances for the 6-5 Scarlet Knights — but even some fans (presumably the ones who can add and subtract) wonder about the value of accepting a bid to a tertiary bowl that will only cost RU money.  And the only bowls under discussion for Rutgers are ones where the school will come up financially short, meaning more money will have to be diverted from academics and into the football budget.

Meantime, in yesterday’s Bergen Record, columnist Mike Kelly makes several pithy comments, such as:

* With McCormick and the university board of governors in a virtual see-no-evil operating mode, the Rutgers Athletics Department spent money like the “Sex in the City” women at a shoe store.

* Cash here, cash there – the piggy bank seemed to grow each day, especially when it came to the high profile football program.

The problem is that the Rutgers cash reservoir was not bottomless. With the football gods calling for more, something had to give – and it wasn’t going to be football. So-called lesser sports, such as fencing, tennis and swimming, were downgraded to intramural status.

And that was just the beginning.

So ask yourself this: if Rutgers indeed goes to a bowl, how many classes will have to be canceled to pay the tab?  How many academic scholarships will have to be pulled?  How many more alumni will join the pledge to give no more until McCormick and Mulcahy are both given the bums rush?

11 Responses to Losing $$ on a Bowl

  1. Huck Finne says:

    I’m afraid that those of us who oppose big-time sports at Rutgers are failing to consider the benefit that a tertiary bowl will have on alumni giving. After the bowl appearance the alumni, who have so far withheld their donations out of fear the such money will be wasted, will suddenly realize that McCormick really does know what he’s doing. The dollars will start flowing in to pay for the stadium expansion. There will be so much that if the smartypants, who value philosophy and literature so much play nice, some funds might be allocated to a few seminar rooms for elitist activities like reading and discussing what’s been read.

  2. RaginCajun says:

    If RU winds up in yet another losing prooposition or Barf Bowl as some have referred to them in the past,there will be additional financial distancing by supporters.Many have openly acclaimed this throughout the season..Most now acknowledge the “spin the wheels” at others expense mentality, that has been permitted for far too long has got to stop. Losing money with no meaningful positive public perception or boost for institutional coofers to take part in yet another third rate sideshow borderlines absurdity in these lessons of futility and waste bestowed upon alums and supporters alike.
    The Big East Football Scam has become the BCS’s albetros version of Fantasy Island,with a few RU Tatu’s standing in front of the Hale Center screaming out “De Bowl,De Bowl”as a form of misdirection to reach for your unsuspecting wallet as they gaze to the horizons through those rosey red glasses,slurping yet another cup of Guyanese Kool Aid and only wind up with more debt at everyones expense.

  3. MoMoney says:

    “Show us the money” upfront this time. If not,stay home. Other schools have refused bids,some for academic reasons,as recently as last year.Still others site the nonpayment by some bowl committees as promised(i.e. Houston Bowl).
    Rutgers now has a well publisized,full time expenditure overseer. Well,let’s see if he’s worth his sheepskin and training. If the bid and the overall expenditure is not going to put the program in black ink,then nix the trip.
    Has there ever been a final monetary accounting of just how much was lost on the International Bowl and why?
    If Bowl 4 is deemed a loser,don’t let history repeat itself and put the program,department and university in a deeper hole for the sake of a few party animals to tie one on. The school took a stand against Notre Dame for it’s unwillingness to travel to Piscataway.Now it’s time to take a similar stand to stop throwing good money after bad to acheive another financial blast to it’s bottom line and the inevitable rise in tuition because of it.
    This time be smart with our dollars.We’ll all be watching.

  4. MoMoney says:

    “Show us the money” upfront this time. If not,stay home. Other schools have refused bids,some for academic reasons,as recently as last year.Still others site the nonpayment by some bowl committees as promised(i.e. Houston Bowl).
    Rutgers now has a well publisized,full time expenditure overseer. Well,let’s see if he’s worth his sheepskin and training. If the bid and the overall expenditure is not going to put the program in black ink,then nix the trip.
    Has there ever been a final monetary accounting of just how much was lost on the International Bowl and why?
    If Bowl 4 is deemed a loser,don’t let history repeat itself and put the program,department and university in a deeper hole for the sake of a few party animals to tie one on. The school took a stand against Notre Dame for it’s unwillingness to travel to Piscataway.Now it’s time to take a similar stand to stop throwing good money after bad to acheive another financial blast to it’s bottom line and the inevitable rise in tuition because of it.
    This time be smart with our dollars.We’ll all be watching.

  5. Diogenes says:

    The Wall Street Journal had a story about the “pathetic bowls” — little postseason backyard circuses that are gotten up by nowhere cities, featuring loser teams whose boosters are so self-deluded that they don’t realize that the “bowl” is nothing more than a bit of Chamber of Commerce hype for Cowflap, Texas and who go strutting around, flying in legislators and “major donors to the program,” buying rings and scarves and other doo-dads for the tiny group of “insiders” from the local booster club, etc.

    Here’s what the WSJ story was about. There are something like 68 “bowl” berths created by this recent explosion in Cowflap Chamber of Commerce “bowls,” and this year there are so many loser teams out there that the various Cowflap types who sponsor these things were seriously afraid they wouldn’t be able to scrape up 68 teams with at least a .500 W/L average. That’s what it takes to play in the typical Cowflap Bowl.

    When the story was written, the Mulcahy-Schiano franchise hadn’t won enough games to qualify for a Cowflap Chamber of Commerce bowl. Now, apparently, it has. So, if recent history is anything to go by, we’ll soon see the Scarlet R types doing backflips and waving pom poms because their franchise is “bowl eligible,” and Mulcahy will get his staff to work draining the taxpayers’ pockets to hire chartered jets to fly McCormick and Gamper and and O’Hara and lots of Mulcahy’s own pay-to-play legislative pals to Cowflap, Texas, and the boosters’ board will be overwhelmed with bragging and swaggering and strutting up and down, and you’d never guess that, outside of a tiny little group of local morons, NOBODY IN THE DAMNED UNIVERSE CARES ABOUT THEIR COWFLAP BOWL.

    Now the responsible thing, if and when the Mulcahy-Schiano franchise gets “offered” a “bowl berth” by the Cowflap Chamber of Commerce, would be for McCormick to say “Shut up, Bob. SHUT UP! You’ve already done enough harm to Rutgers for one year. This time I’ll do the talking. This time, we’re not going to any ‘pathetic bowl.’ The university is in dire financial straits, the whole country has been watching Rutgers dribble sleaze over itself over athletic corruption, the recruits on Schiano’s team might just be able to use a little time on their academic work, and nobody but you and Gamper and Lesniak and Codey give a damn anyway.”

    But McCormick won’t do that. He’s so used to tugging his forelock to Gamper and Mulcahy and the Scarlet R crowd that he’ll just grin that sick little grin of his and glumly get on board the chartered jet and fly out to the Cowflap Bowl and keep muttering a few idiocies about how “excellence” in lower-level professional football is every bit as important to a university as “excellence” in Classics or Philosophy or Medieval History. Count on it. It will be painful to watch, as it always is. But with this advantage: when you watch him do all this, you’ll understand how these “pathetic bowls” came to be called pathetic.

  6. ferdek says:

    Ball State should produce big bucks for RU…Then again RU will be happy to break even from the game in Detroit. Hopefully Feds will bail-out auto companies before that.

  7. ashok says:

    Despite the incredible corruption that has brought Rutgers to this point, part of me is happy that the football team ended up 7-5. It’s not easy to win with all this controversy, it’s not easy to win at all when the season started out so miserably.

    But this Div 1 fantasy has to end, and end now. There needs to be a survey asking Rutgers alumni not merely how they felt about their education, but what they actually got out of it. I can safely tell you that what I think I admire in the football team now – the Greek concept of “andreia,” which defines Achilles and the other heroes, courage acted upon in respect of an institution – wasn’t something I picked up at Rutgers, despite parking myself in the library every year and reading for hours on end in order to get a grip on such issues.

    The reason why I bring up the survey is that Rutgers needs to think seriously about what sorts of graduates it wants. Those budget cuts are happening no matter what – the money for even the best academic programs is going to be scarce. I say Rutgers has to put forth a plan where every cut in something, i.e. the dismantling of D-1 sports, corresponds to an attempt to improve the faculty (and not by paying one guy 6 figures, but going out and actually hiring real talent, like that Philosophy Professor Jolley at Auburn), bring back the Olympic sports, improve campus security, fix up the dorms and make them places people want to live.

    There are higher goods than andreia, after all: it exists to serve the common good.

  8. mm says:

    I’ve basically given up on Rutgers and wish I was young enough to begin college anew from a real school. One possibly last thought – to all you jock apologists who think that Rutgers students acting like a bunch of disgusting vulgarians at football games are isolated events read the letter in today’s Targum from a senior in the band. If there really was a God he (or she) would close that dump! I’m so proud to have gone to the 65th best public university in America. Wow! There are 35 crappier and dumber states than ours. Finally, a special thanks to Prick McCormick and Bob (I admit I’m not good enough to land a job in the real world) for lumping RU with South Florida, Louisville and Cincinnati!

  9. Curiousposter says:

    Soooo you guys going to the bowl game?

    What about the BOG meeting, be there waving signs at 0830? I’ll be there too! Looking forward to meeting some of you. =)

  10. […] Yet more from aldaily – many colleges are cutting costs. I should say this – I’ve been to two schools now, undergrad and graduate school, where I had nothing like what’s described here. I was very grateful for the cafeteria in graduate school, but I still lost weight on campus many times, and all the campuses I’ve been can be charitably described as “dumps.” My own thought is that college should pamper; the grounds should be beautiful, the buildings stately, the libraries well-stocked, food plentiful, recreation centers ready. It should resemble an idealized world for the reason that learning is seriously hard work when you get to it. The main issue now is that rank materialism has replaced the notion of learning being something higher. For more, you can see the comment I left on Rutgers1000’s website. […]

  11. RollTide says:

    Congratulations to RU1000,SOS,BOG member George Zoffinger, those who belong to the six cut sports,concerned alums,legislators,parents and students who worked so very hard to bring RU back to sanity.Job well done.

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