In an exclusive, NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Dunleavy reported that Chris Ash received a contract extension through 2022 just before the season finale against Michigan State.
As the report lays out, Ash’s original five year deal in essence now has two more years on it. “The two additional years on top of the three he had remaining are worth $5.1 million total, according to a Rutgers official. Ash's starting salary was $2 million per year with annual raises of $100,000 and those terms remained unchanged: He will make $2.2 million in 2018.”
Ash was hired in December of 2015 to replace the fired Kyle Flood. Flood’s tenure was marked with scandal off the field as well as a drop off in performance on the field. That clean up fell on Ash and Pat Hobbs recognized the difficulties he faced. From Dunleavy’s story:
"Given the many challenges facing the program, I wanted him to know that he would have the time it would take to be successful in the Big Ten. We play in the toughest division of the best conference in the country. We're making the investments that will bring success.”
With a 6-18 record over two years, and with an early signing period approaching, the contract extension signals that Rutgers is committed to the former Ohio State defensive coordinator. Job uncertainty won’t be an issue as Ash and his assistants speak with recruits and their parents. Negative recruiting by other coaches is now put aside as well.
Said AD Pat Hobbs, "This program is headed in the right direction, and I have 100 percent confidence in Chris Ash."
What do you think? Heading in the right direction or not. Give your opinion in the poll and in the comments section.
What do you think? Is extending Chris Ash’s contract the right move?
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Yes, he’s moved the needle in a positive direction and deserves more time
No, there needed to be more progress on the field and it should have happened