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
"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
Director on the "Big Ten windfall"
"We are writing what will be the greatest
chapter in Rutgers Athletics history. We will be competitive
and we will do that in
a fiscally prudent manner. We are making investments today that
will ensure growth across all revenue sources in the years ahead.
And of course, full Big Ten membership financial benefits beginning
in 2021 will go a long way toward ensuring that our fiscal goals
are met. I have already begun work on a strategic plan for Athletics
will detail the manner in which
those goals will be achieved. This is an exciting time at Rutgers
Hobbes, Athletics Director, Rutgers University
Tuesday May 9th, 2017
When rights-fee bubble
bursts, college sports will be changed forever
by Jon Wertheim
As they followed the recent ESPN firings of over 1000 journalists,
athletic directors at universities throughout the country called
their commissioners asking a fundamental question: How does this
affect us? Last week ESPN's layoffs figured prominently on the
agenda for SEC commissioner Greg Sankey's scheduled call with
conference ADs. John Swofford, the ACC commissioner, addressed
"the ESPN situation" with his ADs via a mass memo.
These college sports chieftains know the reality:
In 2017 the biggest rivalry in sports pits cable television against
digital technology as the choice delivery mechanism of programming.
Cable, of course, once dominated. So much so that as recently
as 2012 there were 100 million U.S. households paying for cable
and devoting roughly $8 per month to receiving ESPN and its sister
College athletic departments spent lavishly
especially on football. At Texas new lockers were installed that
cost $10,500 apiece and include individual 43-inch monitors instead
of traditional nameplates. Auburn added a $14 million video board
at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Clemson's training complex included a
bowling alley and nap room. Even position coaches were making
high six figures.
In a world of fragmented viewership, professional
leagues will make up the decline in revenue in other ways. Leagues
canand willreduce labor costs (that is, player salaries)
when revenues fall. They can tinker with ticket pricing.
College athletics, though, is different. For
one, there are no player salaries to slash. Cutting an unprofitable
program is complicated by Title IX legislation.
Despite the windfall from media-rights fees,
most athletic departments are not sitting on piles of cash. According
to excellent reporting by The Washington Post, between 2004 and
'14 revenues at 48 of the biggest athletic departments grew from
$2.7 billion to $4.5 billion, but spending moved in lockstep
from $2.6 billion to $4.4 billion. Even in these flush times,
most athletic departments currently operate at a deficit.
What happens when the rights-fee bubble does
The college sports landscape will look different.
Nameplates, not 43-inch monitors, will festoon lockers. There
will be fewer $600,000 strength coaches. Football players will
have to nap in their dorm rooms. "The athletic department
of tomorrow," says Hawkins, "could go through what
ESPN is going through today."
Copyright (c) 2017 Sports Illustrated
Chasing Big Sports Goals,
Rutgers Stumbles into a Vat of Red Ink
Sports of The Times
By MICHAEL POWELL
MARCH 12, 2017
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.
Ah, how grandness beckoned. When Rutgers officials announced
in 2012 that their university would join the Big Ten, one of
the nations premier athletic conferences, the sun itself
seemed to burn brighter.
Teams from Rutgers, New Jerseys state university, would battle mighty
Ohio State and Michigan. High school seniors would forward applications
by the truckload. And the money from those gilded television
contracts oh, good God, that money would pour in.
Barchi, CEO, Rutgers Univ.
Its a transformative day for Rutgers University,
Tim Pernetti, the athletic director then, told reporters.
I recently placed a call to Mark Killingsworth, a Rutgers economics
professor and football fan, and asked about that transformation.
He sighed. He had led a faculty revolt against Rutgerss
money loser of an athletic department, which continues to siphon
off tens of millions of dollars intended for academics. And Rutgerss
tuition costs rank high nationally
Its not rocket science; this program is a mess,
Killingsworth said of the athletic program. We are not
champions at much, but our deficit is the biggest in the Big
The faculty council is set to vote on a motion deploring this
state of affairs. The athletic department has run an annual deficit
of at least $20 million since 2006; its current deficit is slightly
larger than the sum of all the deficits in every other Big Ten
All of which brings us to the athletic departments 2016
financial report to the N.C.A.A. The Star-Ledger obtained
this document recently; it showed a blood-red deficit of $28.6
million. The 64-page report had a curious one-line notation:
Other Operating Revenue: $10,495,912.
It turned out that the university bank quietly lent $10.5 million
to the athletic department to keep it afloat and pay severance
costs for expensive and failed coaches. That loan came weighted
with an interest rate of 5.75 percent; the cost of repaying it
will run north of $18 million, according to university documents.
Rutgers also diverted $11 million in student fees and $17.1 million
from its general fund to cover the athletic shortfall. The average
undergraduate now pays more than $300 in activities fees exclusively
for the universitys N.C.A.A. teams.
This is the section of this column I customarily would set aside
for Rutgers officials to respond. They could slice and dice numbers,
and explain why the ink is not as crimson as it appears. They
could assert the department is run with a steely hand on the
Late last month, I requested an interview with the athletic director,
Patrick Hobbs. A day later, I also
asked to speak with the president, Robert Barchi. These requests
were met with silence.
Hobbes ("WE ARE BIG
On Thursday, I asked again, and a spokeswoman offered an off-the-record
interview with Hobbs. I declined. An email statement soon arrived,
saying in part, Rutgers Athletics will be in a position
to generate a positive cash flow for the university after we
receive our full share of Big Ten revenues in 2021.
Let me translate: That the athletic department has been run with
no regard for sound financial practice is a trifle. Soon enough,
piles of dough from the Big Tens billion-dollar-plus television
contract will be deposited on the front steps of the athletic
department. Its take could amount to $40 million.
This is like handing Willy Sutton the keys to Fort Knox.
Deficits are not the only problem plaguing Rutgers athletics.
Its football and basketball teams are impressively scandal-scarred.
Here is a brief recap:
In 2012, not long after Rutgers announced it was joining the
Big Ten, Pernetti, as athletic director, received a video that
showed the Scarlet Knights basketball coach, Mike Rice
Jr., berating his players and using homophobic slurs. For punctuation,
the coach hurled basketballs at their heads. Eventually Pernetti
suspended Rice for a few games. A few months later, ESPN obtained
and broadcast the video. This time, Pernetti fired Rice.
Alas, this was too late. Pernetti, who engineered Rutgerss
entrance into the Big Ten, tumbled out the door, followed by
the universitys general counsel.
Barchi, the president, hired Julie Hermann as athletic director.
He described her as one of the most respected athletic
administrators in the country. Her pay and benefits were
nearly half a million dollars.
More or less immediately, it was reported that Hermann, who earlier
served as the volleyball coach at Tennessee, had demeaned her
players as whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.
Hermann was shown the door in 2015 in a purge that also claimed
Kyle Flood, the football coach.
Flood was accused of trying to persuade a dance appreciation
teacher to change a failing grade for one of his players. Seven
of his players were arrested, on charges including armed burglary
and an unprovoked punch that broke a students jaw. An additional
16 players tested positive for banned substances, reportedly
marijuana, which under university rules merited suspensions.
The football staff covered this up.
More seriously, Rutgers, like other big-time schools,
chooses pretty female students as ambassadors to
show male recruits around campus. The N.C.A.A. has accused Rutgers
of allowing two ambassadors to meet with the recruits in dorm
rooms, which is prohibited.
Rutgerss fired athletic officials will draw severance payments
for years to come. Hermann is owed about $1.2 million over the
next two years. Flood will pull down $2.1 million. Eddie Jordan,
the basketball coach who, refreshingly, was fired for losing
rather than for abusing his players, will receive almost $1.9
Hence the athletic departments need for a loan.
Pernetti no longer draws a university check. No wolf has arrived
at his door. In one of his last acts as athletic director, he
persuaded Rutgers to pay $7 million to end its contract with
a sports marketing firm. Shortly after he was fired, Rutgers
signed an 11-year, $65 million contract with IMG College to handle
sports marketing for the university.
Two years ago, IMG hired Pernetti as president for multimedia,
covering Rutgers and other colleges.
An intriguing aspect of Rutgerss dive into big-time sports
is that each time a coach or an athletic director left soaked
in scandal, the successor received more money. The departed football
coach made $1.25 million; the new coach makes $2 million. The
departed basketball coach made about $1.1 million; the new coach
makes $1.6 million.
As athletic director, Hobbs earns $110,000 more per year than
Hermann did. Hobbs is quick-witted. He described the piling up
of severance payments to dismissed coaches as investments
that need to be made.
Hobbs once served as dean of Seton Halls law school, where
he displayed a gift for fund-raising and an impressive ear for
politics. Over the years, Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey
senator and governor, had donated $1 million to Seton Hall. In
2004, his girlfriend, Carla Katz, applied to Seton Halls
law school. He wrote a letter of recommendation for her.
Katz was president of the
states largest public employees union. The law school
awarded her a coveted presidential scholarship. Hobbs said he
had no idea Corzine had written a letter of recommendation. He
took exception to suggestions that a law school student could
receive a scholarship as a favor.
Gov. Chris Christie was a graduate of the Seton Hall law school
and a donor to his alma mater. When he served as a federal prosecutor,
he got to know Hobbs. After an investigation of Bristol-Myers
Squibb in 2005, Christies office cut a deal. It would not
charge the company with securities fraud, and in exchange the company
would pay a fine to fund a $5 million professorship of business
ethics at the law school. (The Justice Department since has barred
this practice, out of concern that prosecutors would start creating
what it called summer camps at favored institutions.)
alumnus "Chris" Christie. talking to reporter at NJ
sporting event, displays undying school spirit and Nike corporate
When Christie was elected governor, he appointed Hobbs to his
transition committee. After that unfortunate business with the
George Washington Bridge, he made Hobbs his $75,600-a-year part-time
ombudsman. Hobbs had no office in the Capitol and produced no
public work product.
A month ago, Hobbs and Killingsworth, the economics professor,
agreed to answer questions for NJ.com, in a de facto email debate.
Hobbs waxed joyful.
Our teams and student-athletes have enjoyed a great deal
of success in the Big Ten, he said, citing womens
soccer, wrestling and lacrosse.
These are fine sports. The Big Ten, however, prays at the altar
of the grand moneymakers, football and basketball. The Rutgers
football team finished 2-10 over all in 2016, 0-9 in the Big
The mens basketball
team, Hobbs noted, got off to a fine 11-1 start. Alas, the team
was beating up on creampuffs. When it stepped into the maw of
the Big Ten season, Rutgers won three games and lost 15 before
going 1-1 in the conference tournament.
The athletic department has already budgeted for a 2 percent
increase in student fees, Killingsworth said. I have
a novel idea: Why dont they learn to live within their
Copyright (c) New York Times 2017
Thats a small-time question for a big-time athletic program.
The Boosters Respond!
guy Killingsworth must be some kind of egg-head. Exemplifies
the old saw - those that can't do, teach (and apparently teach
wrongly). Geez, I thought RU had a strong economics department?
Must be despite this clown.
whole argument of this guy Killingsworth and this NY Times article
is specious and
non-sensical. This guy Killingsworth is an economics professor?
Oh boy. We need to upgrade the economics department by getting
rid of this guy.
Barchi forceably [sic] make Killingsworth retire? As an
grad of RU I despise that crackpot old fool and wish we would
send him away to play golf in Florida for the rest of his days.
isn't even a real scandal, it's the same horseshit one-sided
hatchet job that gets puked up once every
6 months by Killingsworth who's pissed off because econ profs
aren't rock stars on campus.
will these dipshits write about after July 1st, 2021?
all universities have as many stupid facility members as RU does?
should replace all of these ignorant morons. Enough is enough
It just sucks we can't run it like a corporation
and fire these jokers.
We should start petitions calling
for all these hack professors to resign. We should be able to
get thousands of signatures.
. . . find any legal way you can to get them fired.
Booster # 10:
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!
Down Memory Lane . . .
loses 78-0 to Michigan,
fold program in shame"
York Post, October 8, 2016
State shuts out Rutgers 49-0
win of season.
Free Press, November 13, 2016
State Shuts Out Rutgers, 39-0
Daily Times, November 19, 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, 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
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 15 miles from the Rutgers campus, where he is able 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 admirable," Dowling says as he polishes off an omelette
at a hangout across from the Princeton campus. "Good major
private universities--like the University of Chicago, 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."
student section awaits 3rd-quarter kickoff v. Penn State
Oh please .
-- Sylvia M, Douglass alumna
. . ." -- Jeff, sophomore
. . ." -- J.J., alumnus
"big WHAT proud???" -- D.S., RU alumnus
-- Jackie Z
RU athletics director visits
frat house to plead with members not to neglect reading ancient
and modern history, Plato, Kant, and Wittgenstein, medieval and
Renaissance poetry, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke while showing
that they are the most PASSIONATE fans in New Brunswick, NJ and
BIG TEN proud and waiting for his football franchise to win a
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
alumnus livng in the UK has kindly sent us the 2016 Big Ten preseason
sheet issued by the British oddsmaker Betwick. We're happy to
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)*
error (overall record was 2-10)
2017 Preliminary Forecast
may alter as information in re coaching changes, recruit decommits,
injuries, etc becomes available)
vs. Washington (L)
RU vs. Eastern Michigan (L)
RU vs. Morgan State (W)
RU vs. Nebraska (L)
RU vs. Ohio State (L)
RU vs. Illinois (L)
RU vs. Purdue (W)
RU vs. Michigan (L)
RU vs. Maryland (L)
RU vs. Penn State (L)
RU vs. Indiana (L)
RU v. Michigan State (L)
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
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