Greg Schiano's staff to receive $4.66 million in salaries
Rutgers University football head coach Greg Schiano’s top assistants on the football staff will receive approximately two-thirds of the salary allotted to the University’s football program, according to an article on NJ Advance Media.
Schiano’s 10 on-field assistants, as well as Director of Sport Performance Jay Butler, will receive a total of $4.66 million from the University, according to the article.
This leaves Schiano with approximately $2.2 million for new hires, according to the article. Schiano is also expected to keep some members from former football head coach Chris Ash’s staff.
Sean Gleeson, Rutgers offensive coordinator, received a $2.565 million deal for three years, according to the article. This makes him the highest-paid assistant in University history.
In his first season, Gleeson will make a record $805,000, according to the article. He will make $855,000 for the 2021 season and $905,000 for the 2022 season.
Rutgers defensive coordinator Robb Smith was given a two-year, $1.375 million contract, according to the article. This includes $675,000 for the 2020 season and $700,000 in 2021.
Fran Brown will act as secondary coach for the football program and was given a two-year, $1.15 million contract, according to the article. He will make $575,000 each year, making him the highest-paid position coach in University history.
Butler received a two-year, $1 million contract and is the highest-paid head strength coach in Rutgers history, as well as one of the highest-paid in the country, according to the article. His contract also includes a one-year rolling extension that renews every March 1 after he completes his initial two-year contract.
Jim Panagos will coach the Rutgers defensive line and receive a two-year, $950,000 contract, according to the article. Andrew Aurich will coach the Rutgers offensive line on a two-year, $600,000 contract.
Bob Fraser, who worked under Schiano during his previous time at Rutgers, will coach the team’s linebackers for a two-year, $700,000 contract, according to the article. Augie Hoffmann will act as assistant coach and receive a two-year contract for $550,000.
Coach Tiquan Underwood will be in charge of Rutgers’ wide receivers under a two-year, $500,000 contract, according to the article.
Nunzio Campanile, who acted as interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 season, will continue to make $230,000 in 2020, according to the article. His position will be announced at a later time.
These totals come after members of the University community voiced concerns about the amount of money being given to Schiano and the Rutgers football program, The Daily Targum previously reported.
Todd Wolfson, president of the American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUPT-AFT) and professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, said that the University should be spending its money on teaching and research first, the Targum reported.
“(The University) could stop raising tuition for undergraduates every year,” Wolfson said, according to the Targum. “(It) could settle contracts with (its) medical faculty and postdocs. There’s a lot of things the University could do with the money and still field a potentially competitive team. I think amounts more than $12 million a year from students goes to athletics.”
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