Following a hard fought 14-10 loss to Michigan State on Saturday, athletic director Pat Hobbs broke his silence on Chris Ash’s future, issuing the following statement, which was tweeted by NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch.
Here is the full view of the statement that Kratch tweeted:
Ash just completed his third season in charge of the program, finishing 2018 winless in conference play and with a 1-11 record overall, the worst finish for Rutgers since the 2002 season. There has been plenty of speculation on whether Ash would receive a fourth year or not, but Hobbs has now confirmed he will remain in charge
Ash has gone 7-29 overall and just 3-24 in Big Ten play over three seasons. If Ash was let go after this season, he would have been owed a 9.8 million dollar buyout, which had to be a factor in the decision to retain him.
Rutgers played better at times in the second half of the season, including a three-point loss to Big Ten West champion Northwestern, as well as two score defeats to Wisconsin and Penn State, in addition to Saturday’s 4 point loss to Michigan State. However, the Scarlet Knights have now gone winless in Big Ten play in two of Ash’s three seasons and graduate many key players on defense, a unit that performed very well during the last month. The offense remains a major issue, as it has been during Ash’s entire tenure.
More to come on the decision of Pat Hobbs to grant the Ash era a fourth season.
For my detailed look at the Ash era so far, click here.
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