The Rutgers Board of Governors unanimously approved the hiring of Greg Schiano as football head coach on Tuesday morning. The public meeting was held at 10 a.m. at Winants Hall on campus.
Contract details include $4 million per year base salary that includes performance bonuses tied to bowl appearances, season ticket levels, retention levels, APR ratings and other academic standards, as well $7.7 million for his assistant coaches and support staff salaries, with a built-in minimum of 3% increase year over year. The facilities portion of the contract includes the clause that 50% of the funds needed must be privately raised before Rutgers were to move forward.
For a complete review of the contract details, click here for NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch’s breakdown.
Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media reported on the BOG meeting and details several people who protested the contract terms, including professor David Hughes, who is treasurer of Rutgers’ AAUP-AFT. Each person was allotted two minutes to speak. The board then voted unanimously to approve Schiano’s contract. The entire meeting lasted 22 minutes.
From the Rutgers press release:
“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” said Schiano. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”
“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans. A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”
“From the start we said we would hire the best football coach for our university community, our fans, and our student-athletes, and Greg Schiano is the perfect coach for this important job,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. ”I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Barchi added. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”
Schiano will be formally introduced at a press conference on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. that will be broadcasted live on BTN. We’ll have complete coverage of the event.
Here it is - the resolution just passed unanimously by the Rutgers Governing Board of Directors hiring Mr. Schiano as head football coach. @kurtsiegelin @NickMeidanis @News12NJ @JGodynick pic.twitter.com/5vE7ihbRF2— Jim Murdoch News12NJ (@ReporterJim) December 3, 2019