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?