Rutgers fires coach after 8 wins in 3-plus seasons

Halftime Analysis of Rutgers vs No. 20 Michigan

Halftime Analysis of Rutgers vs No. 20 Michigan

Rutgers' acting head coach leads the Scarlet Knights when they host Maryland at SHI Stadium on Saturday. "As such, it is in the best interest of the program to make a change". Ash is owed more than $8 million.

Rutgers University has fired both head football coach, Chris Ash, and offensive coordinator, John McNulty, with an NJ native stepping up to steer the team for the rest of this fall. Schiano hasn't been a head coach since 2013 but there are already plenty of whispers he is interested in taking over the Scarlet Knights once again.

According to NJ.com, former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is expected to be a top candidate to return to the program after Ash was sacked Sunday, a day after the Scarlet Knights were trounced by MI, 52-0.

As part of his buyout, Rutgers will owe Ash approximately $8.47 million, with part of his $2.3 million salary from this year still to be paid and the $7.5 million he's owed through the 2022 season.

According to the same release, the terms of Ash's and McNulty's contracts will be honored by Rutgers Athletics, "exclusively using department-generated funds". Year two was Ash's best ever as the head coach at Rutgers, as he managed to finish fifth in the Big Ten Eastern Division with three conference victories. The Scarlet Knights won just three of 29 Big Ten games under Ash, losing their last 14.

John Weiss, an offensive assistant, is expected to be promoted to tight ends coach, and Drew Lascari, an offensive quality control coach, is expected to take over as quarterbacks coach. However, any momentum the program may have had disappeared after last year's 1-11 campaign. Campanile guided the Bergen Catholic High School Crusaders to the New Jersey state title in 2017.

Campinale has his first press conference Monday at 12 p.m.

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