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Chris Ash Releases Statement Following His Firing At Rutgers

Jim Harbaugh shaking hands with Chris Ash following a football game.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Chris Ash (L) of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights shakes hands with Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Rutgers became the first Power Five school of the 2019 season to fire its head coach when they let go of Chris Ash today. As tough a situation as Ash may have found himself in, he is taking his dismissal in stride.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday night, Ash had nothing but positive things to say about Rutgers. He offered thanks to the Rutgers staff, the Rutgers fans, and the many players he's coached.

Assistant Nunzio Campanile will take over as interim head coach.

Ash was hired after the 2015 season following over a decade of work as a defensive coach at Power Five programs. But he struggled out the gate, winning just six games in his first two seasons.

The 2018 season was the low point as Rutgers went just 1-11 overall.

The 2019 season started no better as Rutgers followed up a win over UMass with three straight losses to Iowa, Boston College and Michigan.

Ash leaves Rutgers with a 8-32 record as a head coach. But his coaching history would suggested he won't be unemployed for long.

In the meantime, Rutgers is reportedly already looking for Ash's successor. Several big-name coaching candidates have reportedly emerged, such as Greg Schiano, Jim Leavitt, and Butch Jones.

Will Chris Ash have another coaching job in 2020?