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SBD/Issue 219/Collegiate Sports
Rutgers AD Mulcahy Defends School's Relationship With Nelligan
Published August 4, 2008
|Mulcahy Defends Rutgers'
Relationship With Nelligan
CLEARING THE AIR? In New Jersey, Rick Malwitz noted Mulcahy Friday offered a "vigorous defense of the job he has done, and his role in helping give the state the rallying point that the football program has become." Mulcahy: "I feel confident that when all the reviews are done, that people will acknowledge that this department is a credit to the institution and to the people of New Jersey." Malwitz noted Mulcahy during the interview was "emotional when he described his reaction" to reports that he stuck a deal with NSM because of his son. Former RU President Frances Lawrence and the school's BOD "were aware of Mulcahy's son's relationship with Nelligan" (HOME NEWS TRIBUNE, 8/2). But a Newark STAR-LEDGER editorial stated victories on the field "do not justify ignoring Mulcahy's handling of the school's sports business. A university athletic program, operated openly and ethically, and a nationally competitive football team need not be exclusive endeavors." RU lawyers "somehow determined that the contract did not violate state ethics rules, although they did note that it might not pass the smell test. That alone should have been enough for Mulcahy and [RU] to back away from the deal" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/3).
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