Chris Ash was fired as Rutgers football coach after three seasons plus four games, athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday afternoon in a press release.
“We appreciate Chris’s dedicated efforts on behalf of our football program, our department and our University,” Hobbs said. “This change is especially difficult because of the steadfast commitment that Chris and his family have made to our student-athletes.”
Hobbs said tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile will serve as the Scarlet Knights’ interim head coach the remainder of the season.
Offensive coordinator John McNulty has also been fired, Hobbs said.
Rutgers will honor the terms of Ash’s and McNulty’s contracts, exclusively using department-generated funds, the school said.
Ash will be owed a buyout of nearly $8.5 million; however, he must make efforts to get another job in Division I or the NFL, and if gets a job as an assistant or head coach, his income from that position gets deducted from what Rutgers has to pay him.
McNulty will be owed a buyout of just over $885,000, also subject to his duty to mitigate.\
A national search for a new head coach will take place with additional details forthcoming, Hobbs said.
There figures to be heavy pressure on both Hobbs and the Rutgers’ administration from both Rutgers alumni and fans to rehire Greg Schiano.
Schiano was the Scarlet Knights’ head coach from 2001-2011 before he left to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.
Schiano is currently not coaching after serving as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator the last three seasons under former Buckeye coach Urban Meyer. Ironically, Schiano succeeded Ash as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator.
Source: USA Today