New Rutgers University Football Coach’s Salary Raises Concerns

Peter Haskell
December 04, 2019 - 7:11 pm
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The former Rutgers University head football coach returned home Wednesday, bringing high hopes for future success.

Head coach Greg Schiano returned to his roots at the New Jersey university after leaving in 2011 to take a head coaching job with the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, his eight-year, $32 million contract raised some concerns by university professors.

Many say the money could be better spent, but the way boosters describe it, the money is an investment.

They acknowledge that a $4 million annual salary is a lot of money, but say Schiano is the person who will bring Rutgers University’s football team back to the glory that it once was.

“That is exactly what people said about 15 years ago when we joined the Big East. That's also what they said at about the same time when we invested in sky boxes and enlarging the stadium. They made that same economic prediction when we joined the Big 10,” said David Hughes, an anthropology professor at the college.

He says the athletic department routinely loses money and it’s not only about Rutgers.

“That money is ultimately coming from the people of New Jersey,” he adds.

Schiano’s salary will be partially funded by taxpayers, something that Gov. Phil Murphy defended.

On Wednesday, he dismissed the criticism by some of the faculty members over the head coach’s salary saying, “You’re not in the Big Ten without a resource commitment like that to compete at that level.”

Murphy declines to say how much taxpayer money would go into Schiano’s salary exactly.