Sigh…another day in the state of exits.
The Trenton Times editorializes against Rutgers and Schianogate here. Says the paper in a piece titled Is Schiano Stadium Next?: “the bottom line for a sport that doesn’t seem to have a bottom line is for university presidents to regain control of athletic programs.” Read that again Slick McCormick because, quite plainly, you have lost control. We have no idea who is driving this bus, but we no longer believe you are even on board.
Gannett, meantime, weighs in with its Schianogate-inspired editorial at CentralJersey.com: “The whopper contract of Rutgers University head football coach Greg Schiano leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many people who believe that academics are a bit more important on our college campuses than pep rallies and bowl bids.”
For those counting, that makes four major newspapers that have editorialized against Schianogate, secrecy, hidden payments, and the culture of money laundering that has taken hold at Rutgers.
It gets worse.
The Star Ledger’s Sheneman filed yet another funny cartoon skewering Rutgers and Mulcahy III.
Speaking of Ledger readers, they weigh in here on Schianogate. Don’t miss the one titled “Another Black Eye.”
There’s a wonderful Ledger photo here. Check out the Nixonian body language, a posture that shouts: I will stonewall…I will…I will.
And, nationally, the number of stories skewering Rutgers for the Schianogate scandal just keeps multiplying.
As for NJ Senate president Dick Codey — a poster-boy for all that ails New Jersey’s pay to play political culture, complete with trophy ring souvenirs from Rutgers’ bowl games on his fat little fingers — he is quoted in the Ledger saying: “What [Schiano's] done to Rutgers University has been tremendous,” Codey said. “The number of applicants is way up. The quality of students has always been good, but it’s better. It’s been great.”
Wake up and smell the jockstraps, Senator Codey. Rutgers’ applications are up negligibly. There’s no meaningful increase in the quality of students. All this is spelled out in the Rutgers Fact Book.
(For vivid proof of Codey’s jocksniffer credentials, check out this photo. He has his nose about as close in the huddle as we think appropriate to imagine on a g-rated site.)
At least Codey’s colleague, state Senator Loretta Weinberg, has her wits about her. The Bergen Record reports that she is joining our call for a full-on investigation into the secrecy, deception, and chicanery that now characterize the Mulcahy III reign. The Record quotes Weinberg: “I do know that when you attempt a “deal” like this, it’s an attempt to hide something at a public university. If you’re embarrassed about what you are doing, you shouldn’t be doing it.”
Uh…we guess the ethics implicit in her remarks sail over the heads of Greg “Greedy” Schiano, Mulcahy III, Slick McCormick, et. al.
On a last note, Inside Higher Education — read by university officials across the land — is now covering Schianogate, here. Rutgers consequently is taking its apparently rightful place among the other academic laggards of the land, schools that exist only to provide cover for factory sports programs.
Sigh. The stench of Schianogate still hangs heavy over the state.