Greg Schiano To Help Raise Funds For New Rutgers Football Facilities
A commitment to build a new multi-million-dollar football complex was one of the "sticking points" over new Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano's contract demands during negotiations over his return to the school, and is now a goal Schiano will be "tasked to help realize, by raising the money to help pay for it," according to a front-page piece by Ted Sherman of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Sources said that a "compromise was worked out" during negotiations between Rutgers and Schiano over his "call for major upgrades in the school's football facilities that nearly killed the deal to hire him." In that agreement, Rutgers said that "at least half of the cost" of the expected $150M project "would have to be raised from private sources before Rutgers commits to building it." Schiano will be "expected to bring in a large chunk of that money," along with Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs. If the project "reaches a private funding commitment level of at least fifty percent of the total projected cost, Rutgers agreed the university would then launch" the BOG Finance and Facilities Committees' approval process "required to actually start construction." Schiano had made "expansion of the university's football stadium a priority when he was coach more than a decade ago" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 12/3).
TRIUMPHANT RETURN: In Newark, Steve Politi wrote Schiano's return to Rutgers is one that will be "celebrated by most casual fans, major boosters and former players." This was the "only logical move from the start given how far" Rutgers football has "fallen, and given the need to hire somebody who understands New Jersey and can provide a much-needed jolt off the field" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 12/2). In New Jersey, Jerry Carino wrote hiring Schiano was "just the first part of this project." The second part is "functioning as a cohesive athletic department." That is "going to take some work," and Hobbs "should be given some room to make it happen." It "wasn't all Hobbs' fault that negotiations with Schiano were so painful." But Hobbs "bore the brunt of the criticism because he'd botched the hiring and contract extension of failed football coach Chris Ash." Carino wrote the "right move" for Rutgers football fans is to "exhale, enjoy the return of their favorite coach and let Hobbs go back to work" (ASBURY PARK PRESS, 12/2).