This is the last post.
Rutgers does not exist for us anymore.
The Star Ledger reports the BoG is primed to proceed with the cockamamie, wreckless and fiscally stupid plan to spend $102 million in funds the university does not have on a stadium expansion that no one wants. Due to the global recession, apparently plans have been scaled back — producing a Yugo of a stadium instead of an Aston Martin. But slice and dice the numbers as you will and this financial commitment will mean more money siphoned away from academics and into propping up the House that Greg’s Ego Built. Pity, Rutgers used to be a school. Now it is becoming just another mediocre sports franchise. And do you think donors will line up to support that?
Do the math. The Ledger calculates that Rutgers may be on the hook for $800k (a lot of the dough is contractually owed to Mulcahy — assuming RU does not seek to legally void the remaining contract on grounds of non-performance). Figure Mulcahy, the new AD, Costello (brought in to mind the books) — the payroll just keeps growing.
So the Athletic Dept. waste rolls on.
As Rutgers’ academic deterioration speeds up.
Long live the Mulcahy Legacy!
Speaking of the legacy, Mulcahy’s final posting on ScarletKnights.com is just too perfect: “I was asked to resign. I have not offered my resignation.”
We assume the BoG will announce Friday that the stadium expansion will be delayed.
We assume Schiano, finally, will pack his bags and move out of state.
Call it three for three by December 31.
Meantime, our congratulations to Schiano & Co for the invite to play at the Pizza Bowl in Birmingham, AL, a town that would make one nostalgic for the richness of Camden, NJ. Of course this bowl does have the lowest pay out of any bowl — the Ledger’s Tom Luicci calls it the “worst bowl” there is. Is there any truth to the rumor that Rutgers fans who attend will receive, gratis, little scarlet brushes as keepsakes of this experience?
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?
Friday, December 12, 2008
8:30 a.m. open session – 8:35 a.m. closed session – 10:00 a.m. open session
7 College Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey
This presumably will be the meeting where a kind of sanity emerges and the BoG votes to “delay” the stadium expansion and to strip AD Bob Mulcahy of most (all?) authority.
RU alumni are watching!
Tell the BoG where you stand on ending the reckless, wasteful stadium expansion:
The President of the University
Richard L. McCormick
Office of the President
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick NJ 08901
George R. Zoffinger
M. William “Bill” Howard, Jr.
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103
Vice Chair, BoG
Patricia “Pat” Nachtigal
31 Elston Road
Upper Montclair NJ 07043
Albert R. “Al” Gamper, Jr.
475 Holland Road
Far Hills NJ 07931
Rochelle “Shell” Gizinski
553 Winding River Court
Brick NJ 08724-1183
Leslie E. “Les” Goodman
The Eagle Group
928 West State Street
Trenton NJ 08618
Robert A. “Bob” Laudicina
4000 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island FL 33404
Duncan L. MacMillan
16 James Court
Princeton NJ 08540
Eugene M. “Gene” O’Hara
258 Clearbrook Court
Little Silver NJ 07739
John F. Russo, Sr.
488 Madison Avenue
Toms River NJ 08753
North Buffalo Advisors, LLC
728 Estates Boulevard
Hamilton NJ 08619
Legislative leaders — disgusted by the waste, the incompetence, the stupidity of the McCormick regime — now are calling for appointment of a chief operating officer to oversee budgets at Rutgers.
Isn’t it appalling to be singled out as an exemplar of waste…by Trenton politicians? Isn’t it more appalling that they are right? Rutgers is riddled with unnecessary expenses, featherbedding, and bloated salaries.
Congratulations, Dick McCormick, Rutgers even is on TV as a poster child for a foolish pursuit of bigtime football at the expense of academics.
Dick and Big Bobby Mulcahy told us they would put Rutgers in headlines — and indeed they have!
As New Jersey struggles with a billion dollar budget deficit, we urge you to make some of your first and deepest budget-balancing cuts in the funding for Rutgers. This represents a sharp reversal in our past positions but the evidence mounts that Rutgers under President McCormick simply wastes money and is not deserving of the public trust or the public’s dollars.
We also urge you to take steps to correct this and to put Rutgers back on a course to academic success:
* Appoint fiscally prudent people of substance to the Rutgers BoG, which currently is largely populated by lightweight dimwitted jocksniffers.
* Instruct President McCormick to fire Athletic Director Robert Mulcahy for cause, immediately.
* Instruct the Board of Governors to fire President McCormick for cause, immediately.
* Dismiss the BoG chairman, Rev. William Howard, Jr., immediately. The man is an embarrassment.
For our part, as concerned Rutgers alumni, we will withhold all donations to the school until the above four steps occur.
We also urge all New Jersey high school seniors who have Rutgers on their short list of schools to make plans to attend university elsewhere. Rutgers just is not very good and it is going to get worse before it gets better. A decade of ruinous policies has left the school a wreck and it will take a new president and several years of hard work to reverse the McCormick-Mulcahy decay.
It pains us to write these hurtful things…but this is the sorry truth and Rutgers will not begin to get better until these truths are recognized.
/s/ The Rutgers 1000 Alumni
That is how the NYTimes titles its editorial on the current ugliness at Rutgers. The Times explicitly says: “while Mr. McCormick did not create the mess, he did nothing to clean it up. If he knew what was going on with the football program, he was negligent by not stepping in; if he didn’t know, he should have. This leaves him a choice: put the brakes on the stadium project and immediately clean house at the athletics department or resign and make way for someone who will.”
The Bergen Record chimes in with, Failing Oversight 101.
Quoth the Record: “AN internal report has finally said what critics have been saying all along: Rutgers University has failed to take charge of the decisions and spending of its athletics department, especially when it comes to football.
The review, released last week, used words such as “inadequate,” “insufficient” and “uninformed” to describe the glaring lack of oversight. Leadership by Rutgers President Richard McCormick was described as “limited.” Athletic Director Robert Mulcahy was described as acting with “vigor” but in an “increasingly insulated and ultimately counterproductive manner.”
Gannett meantimes writes: Rutgers sports fiscal overhaul just a first step. Gannett says: “Rutgers University Athletics Director Robert E. Mulcahy III was given virtually free rein to negotiate and execute sports-program contracts, leading to a breakdown of internal financial controls, a self-conducted review by the school has concluded. Critics of the Rutgers administration are incensed by the findings. With good reason.”
We have questions and the biggest is, why are we still discussing the obvious?
McCormick needs to be fired and he needs to take Mulcahy with him.
McCormick arrived on the Banks on a lie — he was in fact fleeing termination by the Univ of Washington — and his tenure since has been stupid and futile. Mulcahy, of course, was himself on the bounce from a failed post. A fine pair they have made, as they have plunged Rutgers into fiscal absurdity and the ruination of an academic institution.
Fire them both. Now.
Alumni have no choice but to withhold all donations, pending their removal from the university. That is how bad matters have become.
Even Trenton must notice the stink coming off the Raritan.
That’s per the NYTimes story on the release of the report into Rutgers athletics, from Schiano’s salary increases to the stadium expansion. Reports the Times: “There is ‘no question that the president’s failure to exercise fully his ultimate authority on these matters, to seek the counsel of the board in certain instances, and to test the basis of [athletic department] decisions exacerbated this situation,’ read the report, which also sharply criticized the athletic director, Robert E. Mulcahy III.”
The Star Ledger picks up the story here.
Gannett is here.
AP runs with it here.
What is clear is that McCormick turned a blind eye as the bumbling, Ahabesque Mulcahy plunged into ever more delusional and incompetent action — and left to pay the price are students who see their university crumbling for lack of funding.
Clean house by, first, firing Mulcahy and then dumping McCormick. There’s a start on reviving Rutgers.