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Rutgers Is Reportedly Firing Head Coach Chris Ash

A closeup of Rutgers coach Chris Ash during a football game.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Chris Ash of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on against the Michigan Wolverines during the fourth quarter at Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Earlier: We have our first Power 5 head coach fired this season. Rutgers is reportedly moving on from Chris Ash after three-plus seasons.

Ash was hired in December 2015 after the school moved on from Kyle Flood. The former Arkansas and Ohio State defensive coordinator inherited a mess, but ultimately did not do enough to warrant keeping his job.

Ash's first team went 2-10 in 2016, which he followed up with a 4-8 season in 2017 that included three Big Ten wins. However, any momentum the program may have had disappeared after last year's 1-11 campaign.

Rutgers lost 52-0 to Michigan on Saturday to fall to 1-3 on the season. It was the latest miserable offensive performance for the program under Ash. According to's Keith Sargeant, offensive coordinator John McNulty has also been dismissed. Assistant coach Nunzio Campanile will be in the interim head coach to finish the season.

Ash finishes his tenure in Piscataway with an 8-32 overall record and 3-26 mark in the Big Ten.

With the Rutgers job officially open, expect a lot of speculation that former RU head coach Greg Schiano will return. 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.

Update: Rutgers has officially announced the move.

“We appreciate Chris’s dedicated efforts on behalf of our football program, our department and our University,” said Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs. “This change is especially difficult because of the steadfast commitment that Chris and his family have made to our student-athletes. Progress has been achieved in many areas, but, unfortunately, that progress has not been realized on the field of play. As such, it is in the best interest of the program to make a change.”