Okay, Greedy Greg cannot coach — that is a fact underlined by his stranglehold on an ESPN Bottom 10 rung — but now he is laying claim also to expertise in architecture, bonding, and educational governance, in his latest demand that Rutgers proceed with the cockamamie stadium expansion plan.
As reported in the Star Ledger, Schiano wants it known that the decision to go ahead with the stadium is not President McCormick’s, it’s not the BoG’s, it’s Greedy Greg’s: “We’re going to get the expansion done,’ Schiano said after Tuesday’s practice.”
That is interesting because the day before university officials told the press that they “would not be specific on the scope of stadium cuts — or if they were considering canceling the project’s second phase — but said all options were on the table.” No matter to Greedy Greg, he wants his seats, he wants them now, and he’ll throw a tanrum to get them!
Greedy Greg did not force readers to wonder why we need to go forward with the stadium tout suite. Nope, he said: “People want to get in to our stadium to see us play,” Schiano said. “We’ve got to build seats for them.”
Are these the very same fans who are flooding StubHub and similar venues with Rutgers tickets they want to dump at any price? The same fans who are flooding message boards with vitriolic attacks on Schiano’s competence? Those fans?
And this is at the very same university that in such perilous financial shape that it is about to impose another, deep round of cutting classes and firing teachers? As the Ledger reports in the same Schiano story: “Rutgers has seen its endowment value drop 10 percent recently and with potential budget cuts by the state, departments school-wide have been asked to delay or defer all non-essential spending.” Yes, that same Rutgers.
Message board posters tear into Schiano at Nj.com:
* Posted by MineStreet on 10/14/08 at 7:35PM
All Schiano cares about is me-me-me. If he wants a stadium, why doesn’t he lead the way by donating half his salary this year? He definitely isn’t earning that $2 million he’s paid, and a $1 million donation would shut up every critic.
* Posted by schianosucks on 10/14/08 at 7:59PM
Every time this idiot opens his mouth he digs another hole. If people can’t find a seat, why have I been emailed asking if i could use more seats? The excuse is that these were turn-ins from the visiting teams left on the schedule. Maybe, maybe not. To even raise the issue of the stadium when neither he nor his staff nor his team have performed as if they care is the height of insult. Until we rid ourselves of the Schiano-Mulcahy connection, this program will go nowhere. Where are we ranked? 103, 104? Right, this program deserves a stadium upgrade-just like all the other schools ranked in the 100′s.
* Posted by rottentruth on 10/14/08 at 8:03PM