Greg Schiano will not be the next head coach of Rutgers’ football program. The Scarlet Knights were unable to agree to terms on a deal with their former head coach.
It had been reported that Schiano was making some notable “demands” that needed to be met in order for him to take the job. Rutgers has been a Big Ten basement dweller for years and the program needed sizable upgrades, he felt.
Those “demands” have since been revealed.
The list of demands included a $4 million-a-year salary over eight years, a $25.2 million guarantee on Day 1 of his contract and unlimited use of a private jet.
In the end, one source said, it was too high a price to pay for Greg Schiano.
Now, this might seem like a lot to those unfamiliar with the college football landscape – and they might be a lot for Rutgers – but in order to be a competitive college football program, they really are not.
The $4 million/year salary would rank in the bottom third of the Big Ten; the $25.2 million guarantee is large but nothing crazy; the private jet is often critical for recruiting.
NJ.com columnist Steve Politi summed it up best:
Well, if there’s something in here that you think was unreasonable, you haven’t been paying attention. https://t.co/IurD4CFPa3
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) November 25, 2019
He added: “I was prepared to write that Schiano’s demands were too much. Rutgers isn’t Auburn. I get that. But this is Illinois-level s–t, folks.”
Rutgers has been arguably the worst Power 5 program in college football over the last couple of years. It doesn’t look like the Scarlet Knights are that willing to that it anytime soon.