State auditors are blowing foul whistles regarding Rutgers and money at the Texas Bowl.
The Bergen Record story is here.
The Gannett story is here.
Ledger reporting is here.
Call this a sad saga of waste. Auditors “found the university spent $11,000 on in-room movies, valet parking, room service, Internet connections and phone charges for spouses, guests and children of athletic staff during the Texas Bowl trip to Houston in December 2006,” per Gannett.
This is the very same university that keeps jacking up fees and tuition for students and that has a backlog of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of deferred maintenance.
According to the Bergen Record: “The school could not provide a figure for how much was spent at the bowl, which Rutgers won.
“The previous year, when it played in the Insight Bowl in Arizona, the athletic department spent all of its $1.25 million bowl payout and more, according to documents analyzed by The Record.
The school also paid the way for dozens of guests, spouses and children to attend that game.”
Chew on that: Rutgers has no idea what it spent, it admittedly lost money in the Insight Bowl appearance the prior year, and yet it paid for “dozens” of guests to go to Texas to watch a tertiary bowl game.
Is this a program you want to support with your dollars? A program that — apparently without shame — admits it does not have a clue how much it lost on the Texas Bowl.