More newspapers are piling on the hidden payments and concealed clauses scandal and, as the coverage multiplies, so does the damage to Rutgers’ reputation, for both academics and ethics.
Not only is football coach Greg Schiano paid in excess of $2 million — on the basis of a lifetime losing record and in a time of draconian cutbacks in funding for education at Rutgers — but the school administrators who approved these deals (Slick McCormick and Mulcahy III) were apparently so ashamed of what they had done that they hid the terms from the public, the university Board of Governors, and the state legislature.
We of the Rutgers 1000 call upon the legislature to immediately open an investigation into Schianogate. The implications of this scandal are threatening to destroy nearly 250-years of academic history at Rutgers, which is quickly becoming a laughingstock, known not for learning, but for giving into an obstreperous, puerile coach who is far better at beating Mulcahy III in contract talks than he has ever been in beating opponents on the field.
Rutgers needs to clear house and the broom has to get pushed by Trenton.
It is time to shine a bright light on Schianogate before there is no university left to save.