RUTGERS IS SET FREE FROM COMMERCIALIZED DIV IA ATHLETICS
will not excuse. We will not equivocate. We will not retreat
a single step. And we will be heard.
Whitford, award-winning West Wing actor and Wesleyan University
whole idea of 'brand' and the way it's being manipulated is permeating
everything. It's a perverting
force. I'll sit in Board meetings at Wesleyan, which is a place
I love, and I'll hear the word 'brand' -- 'What's our brand?'
We're a f---ing university, not a tube of toothpaste."
April 23, 2015
L. Barchi, president, Rutgers
our brand next to Michigan's brand on a million TV sets is something
I couldn't possibly buy in terms of marketing."
June 10, 2013
felt like we were getting a combination [college] president and
[corporate] CEO in one person!"
Brown, alumnus of Livingston College, Rutgers, CEO Motorola Solutions,
donor of $2.5 million for 7,656 square foot Recruiting Lounge
at "High Point Solutions Stadium," Chair of Rutgers
Board of Governors," Chair of Presidential Search Committee.
Source : NJBiz ("All Business. All New Jersey"), January
Down Memory Lane . . .
loses 78-0 to Michigan,
fold program in shame"
York Post, October 8, 2016
25 August 2003
Why Can't Rutgers Ever
By Michael Farber
. . . Critics on campus contend
that the university has already neglected its mission by focusing
money and resources on a program that has little to do with education.
They argue that with Big East football gutted, now is the ideal
moment for Rutgers to clamber out of the swamp of commercialized
college athletics, to make sports incidental if not inconsequential
in campus life.
The only time Schiano's mood
darkens during five hours of conversation is when this subject
arises. "Where do they want us to go?" he asks. "I-AA?"
Give Professor Dowling a drafting
table and a mechanical pencil, and get the hell out of the way.
William C. Dowling strolls
back and forth in his classroom, chin in hand, answering questions.
Sometimes he shuts his eyes while making a point, as if carefully
composing each word. He is teaching Milton's Paradise Lost,
discussing a section on how Eve persuaded Adam to eat the fruit
of the tree of knowledge. Dowling describes the passage as "the
hardest 20 lines in English literature."
Dowling's work often focuses
on heroism. His Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard was on James Boswell
and the idea of the hero in the late 18th century. He taught
a course in 1996, Mirror of the Enlightenment, in which students
read not only Locke and Gibbon in English, but also Voltaire
and Diderot in French. He says those students made a heroic effort,
one that went unacknowledged on campus, despite being at least
as praiseworthy as, say, rushing for 100 yards against Syracuse.
Dowling, 59, lives in Princeton,
about 16 miles from the Rutgers campus, where it is more convenient
for him to do research in the Princeton University library, which
is, not surprisingly, superior to Rutgers's. "You can't
afford books when you're buying linebackers," Dowling says.
He characterizes his school's athletic program as "a Sophoclean
tragedy, starring the Three Stooges"--presumably McCormick,
Mulcahy and Schiano.
"The Division III model
is very useful," Dowling says as he polishes off an omelette
at a hangout across from the Princeton campus. "Good major
private universities--like Washington U in St. Louis, Emory and
NYU--have what we want for Rutgers. The admissions office accepts
a class, and those who are good at football or baseball go out
for it in the same way people who are good at theater go out
for theatrical productions. We want Rutgers to be the first [major]
public school in the U.S. to do this. It'd be a shining beacon
to every other public institution, an example for the nation
that also gets us out of the morass."
In the mid-1990s Dowling became
faculty adviser to a group called Rutgers 1000, which is made
up of more than 1,000 alumni and students who want the university
to drop Division I athletics. The group rose to prominence in
1998 after the school alumni magazine refused to accept an advertisement
from Rutgers 1000 trumpeting a statement of support from that
other Milton, Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedman (class of
'32). Rutgers 1000 sued and won. The ensuing publicity--and the
$465,331 in legal bills run up by the school--made Rutgers look
stiff-necked, scared and ridiculous.
Dowling is not antiathletic.
(He played three varsity sports in high school and ran marathons
for 25 years.) He says he simply wants "to make sure people
care more about a kid who is brilliant at Greek or philosophy
or physics than which moron is hired for the football team."
He always roots for the football team to lose by lopsided margins.
"That way," he says, "the honor and reputation
of the school are saved."
Schiano versus Dowling is
an intriguing but hardly fair fight for Rutgers's soul, not with
the lure of BCS millions, the big-time designs of McCormick and
the conviction of Mulcahy. After two decades of losing, the university's
commitment to football is stronger than ever, although Milton--the
poet, not the economist--could tell you that 2003 will again
be no Garden of Eden for the team from the Garden State. The
English professor would have it no other way.
of Barchi Brown Inc "RU brand" marketing campaign!
U.S. News lists Rutgers among America's top
200 universities for 2017!
From an RU boosters
cares about USNWR as long as Rivals ranks us in the top 20 in
Oh please .
-- Sylvia M, Douglass alumna
. . ." -- Jeff, sophomore
. . ." -- J.J., alumnus
-- Sam L., RU '20
"big WHAT proud???" -- D.S., RU alumnus
-- Jackie Z
-- Sarah D, RU '18
"The college that has a sports program
for any other reason than an educational reason is soon going
to lose control of the program.
the college goes in for sports as a part of a program of public
entertainment and public relations, then the public will dictate
the kind of entertainment it wants.
If the reason is
fund-raising, then the fund-raisers and the potential donors
will dictate the program.
Whatever the reason
may be, the college has lost control, including the control of
those parts of its education policy which are
related, such as admissions."
of Rutgers University
From the RU1000 archives (1996)
Pro & Con: the "Standard"
a successful "big time" athletic program gives the
university valuable national exposure that it wouldn't get otherwise.
is the "Everybody
Betwick Preseason Forecast
alumnus has kindly sent us the 2016 Big Ten preseason sheet issued
by the British oddsmaker Betwick. We're happy to share it.
at Washington (L)
RU vs Howard (W)
RU vs New Mexico (W)
RU vs Iowa (L)
RU at Ohio State (L)
RU vs Michigan (L)
RU vs Illinois (L)
RU at Minnesota (L)
RU vs Indiana (L)
RU at Michigan State (L)
RU vs Penn State (L)
RU at Maryland (W)
We hasten to admit,
however, that British oddsmakers cannot possibly know enough
about Div IA "college" football in America to reliably
forecast the probable outcomes for any given team. British
oddsmakers live, after all, on the other side of the ocean. They
care more about cricket and horseracing and their own weird kind
of "football" than about the American game.
comparison, therefore, we here post preseason predictions by
what appear to be two longtime Rutgers football boosters, souls
who spend hundreds of hours studying Rivals and other rating
services that tell them which college franchises will succeed
in hiring which players for the coming season. For their sake,
we hope that they are right and the Betwick forecast is unduly
pessimistic. Our thanks to those who supplied us with these items.
@Washington L 26-28
Howard W 57-0
New Mexico W 39-17
Iowa W 29-27
@Ohio St L 19-34
Michigan L 26-31
Illinois W 33-20
@Minnesota W 32-27
Indiana W 40-31
@Michigan St L 22-30
Penn St W 32-24
@Maryland W 36-27
by Booster "Rutgers Al"
- Possible W
Howard - W
New Mexico - W
Iowa - Possible W
Ohio State - L
Michigan - L
Minnesota - Possible W
Indiana - W
Michigan State - Possible W
Penn State - W
Maryland College W
interview with Senator Les Resniak
Jersey State Senator Les Resniak recently sent a memo to Rutgers
boosters who, like himself, are
thrilled to see Rutgers in the Big Ten athletics conference.
His message listed the important advantages Rutgers has gained
by being in the Big Ten. Unfortunately, each of his claims was
based on false logic.
we're happy to report that Senator Resniak is a stand-up guy.
Shortly after sending out his memo, he met with
ARR for interview in which he explained his claims for "Big
Ten advantages." Click here to read a transcript of the
damage to car windshield, Denton, TX. While damage was being
repaired, UNT applied urgently for membership in Big Ten.
got to have big-time facilities if we're going to hire the players
that will make us big time so we can get the TV commercials that
make a school great!"
State Senator Les Resniak.
is "Mark Emetic" Mark Emmert?)
in Anti-Sports-Corruption History
The Drake Group's
Losing at a Dollar a Second: Rutgers University
"Of all the schools that
have tried to use intercollegiate athletics to advance the universitys
name recognition and mission, none have done so more vigorously
and expensively than Rutgers University.
At last report, the schools spending on sports exceeds
revenue by over $36 million annually. That is the equivalent
of a dollar a second during every minute, hour, day, week and
month of the year. . . .
Rutgers is the only one of
the nine colleges founded during the colonial era not in the
top 50 in the Forbes Best Colleges list. Perhaps rather
than concentrating on athletics, it should behave like the other
eight colonial schools, none a big-time athletic power, and concentrate
on using the prestige derived from its colonial heritage to build
Uncovers the Clue!
An update for
fans & boosters
NFL player can expect to suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy,
a degenerative disease that leads to memory
loss, impaired judgment, depression, and dementia.
Football players are
also four times more likely both to die from ALS and to develop
An NFL player can expect
to live twenty years less that the average American male. By
that measure, each season costs an NFL player about six years
of his life. Football fans, in other words, must ignore the fact
that we are watching men kill themselves."
Rich, "The Super Bowl: The Horror & the Glory,"
The New York Review (5 March 2015), p. 54.
asks prominent neuroscientist Robert L. Barchi:
about college football?"
Carl Kirschner, AD
for the Ages
the framed plaque given to Dean Carl Kirschner by the Rutgers
Athletics Department in recognition of services provided to the
athletics program. Kirschner, well known as a Rutgers athletics
supporter, was for many years permitted to travel to away games
on the same airplane as the football team.
Rutgers Dean Carl Kirschner (right), seen here in intimate colloquy
with former Athletic Director "Bob" Mulcahy.
many other services to the Athletics Department, Kirschner won
signal recognition for admitting to Rutgers one Damaso Munoz, a football recruit
whose credentials included a substantial number of credits purchased
for $399 at "University
a storefront operation specializing in preparing candidates for
admission to universities with Div IA athletics programs.
first served as interim athletic director when AD "Bob"
Mulcahy was fired in connection with questionable financial manipulations.More
recently, serving as interim AD after "Tim" Pernetti
was fired in connection with a national scandal involving basketball
coach Mike Rice, Kirschner played a major role in the hiring
of basketball coach Eddie Jordan, a proud Rutgers alumnus who,
as it happens, never graduated from the university, a fact that
somehow eluded Carl
Kirshner's amazing "due diligence" committee:
Rutgers 1000 mourns
the passing of two loyal alumni supporters
Rudolph S. Rasin,
Rutgers College '53
1930 - 2014
Rutgers College, '55
1933 - 2014
A=. . . and gentlemen in
England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed
they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap
whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon
Saint Crispin's day.
--Shakespeare, Henry the
"Big Ten" is a BIG mistake
guesses what these names
"At division IA schools, 'amateur'
is to 'athletics' what 'electric' is to 'chair'."
Mary Sue Coleman
RUTGERS OUT OF THE "BIG TEN"