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?