Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media reporter that Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs fired head coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator John McNulty on Sunday afternoon. Per Sarge’s report, assistant Nunzio Campanile will take over as interim head coach the remainder of this season.
BREAKING: Chris Ash was fired Sunday as Rutgers head coach in a shakeup that also includes the dismissal of offensive coordinator John McNulty. Nunzio Campanile will take over as interim head coach for the rest of the season. The report: https://t.co/fvF2r1bVBk— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) September 29, 2019
The Chris Ash era comes to an end with a 8-32 record and a 16 game losing streak against power five teams. Rutgers lost 15 games under Ash by four touchdowns or more and has lost 14 consecutive Big Ten games. The Scarlet Knights have been outscored 112-16 in their three losses to Iowa, Boston College and Michigan. The news of the firing comes the day after a 52-0 embarrassment in Ann Arbor.
We called for Ash’s immediate firing over one week ago here.
We will have plenty more on the end of the Ash era and the national search to replace him in the coming days. For now, we can appreciate that Hobbs and the Rutgers administration took action at an appropriate time. It’s the first step in bringing respectability back to Rutgers football.
For our immediate reaction to the news, here is our emergency Sunday afternoon podcast.