UNTIL RUTGERS IS SET FREE FROM COMMERCIALIZED DIV IA ATHLETICS 

We will not excuse. We will not equivocate. We will not retreat a single step. And we will be heard.

 Bradley Whitford, award-winning West Wing actor and Wesleyan University trustee:

"The whole idea of 'brand' and the way it's being manipulated is permeating everything. It's a perverting force. I'll sit in Board meetings at Wesleyan, which is a place I love, and I'll hear the word 'brand' -- 'What's our brand?' We're a f---ing university, not a tube of toothpaste."

Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2015

 

Robert L. Barchi, president, Rutgers University:

 "Having our brand next to Michigan's brand on a million TV sets is something I couldn't possibly buy in terms of marketing."

New Jersey Monthly, June 10, 2013

 

 

 "I almost felt like we were getting a combination [college] president and [corporate] CEO in one person!"

Greg Brown, alumnus of Livingston College, Rutgers, CEO Motorola Solutions, donor of $2.5 million for 7,656 square foot Recruiting Lounge at "High Point Solutions Stadium," Chair of Rutgers Board of Governors," Chair of Presidential Search Committee. Source : NJBiz ("All Business. All New Jersey"), January 13, 2013.

  "The college that has a sports program for any other reason than an educational reason is soon going to lose control of the program.

If the college goes in for sports as a part of a program of public entertainment and public relations, then the public will dictate the kind of entertainment it wants.

If the reason is fund-raising, then the fund-raisers and the potential donors will dictate the program.

Whatever the reason may be, the college has lost control, including the control of those parts of its education policy which are related, such as admissions."

Mason Welch Gross

16th President of Rutgers University

The very strange world of Patrick Hobbes

 

 RUTGERS ATHLETICS CREED

We are the SCARLET KNIGHTS, the most PASSIONATE fans in college athletics.

We WELCOME our opponents and their fans in our university home.

We are the STATE UNIVERSITY and BIG TEN proud.

This is RUTGERS!

Patrick Hobbes, clueless promulgator of "Rutgers athletics creed" as displayed above.

Opening moments of game played at "High Point Solutions Stadium" on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Rutgers fans extend warm NJ welcome to Michigan fans visiting them in their university home.

Rutgers student section, showing that it is BIG TEN PROUD, awaits final whistle of Michigan game played at "High Point Solutions Stadium."

From the RU1000 archives (1996)

Pro & Con: the "Standard" Fallacies

Pro: Having a successful "big time" athletic program gives the university valuable national exposure that it wouldn't get otherwise.

Con: This is the "Everybody Knows O.J." argument.

It's false.

Rutgers Athletics Director on the "Big Ten windfall"

"We are writing what will be the greatest chapter in Rutgers Athletics history. We will be competitive and we will do that in a fiscally prudent manner. We are making investments today that will ensure growth across all revenue sources in the years ahead. And of course, full Big Ten membership financial benefits beginning in 2021 will go a long way toward ensuring that our fiscal goals are met. I have already begun work on a strategic plan for Athletics will detail the manner in which those goals will be achieved. This is an exciting time at Rutgers University!"

 

 

 

 

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Tuesday May 9th, 2017

When rights-fee bubble bursts, college sports will be changed forever

by Jon Wertheim


As they followed the recent ESPN firings of over 1000 journalists, athletic directors at universities throughout the country called their commissioners asking a fundamental question: How does this affect us? Last week ESPN's layoffs figured prominently on the agenda for SEC commissioner Greg Sankey's scheduled call with conference ADs. John Swofford, the ACC commissioner, addressed "the ESPN situation" with his ADs via a mass memo.

These college sports chieftains know the reality: In 2017 the biggest rivalry in sports pits cable television against digital technology as the choice delivery mechanism of programming. Cable, of course, once dominated. So much so that as recently as 2012 there were 100 million U.S. households paying for cable and devoting roughly $8 per month to receiving ESPN and its sister networks.

College athletic departments spent lavishly especially on football. At Texas new lockers were installed that cost $10,500 apiece and include individual 43-inch monitors instead of traditional nameplates. Auburn added a $14 million video board at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Clemson's training complex included a bowling alley and nap room. Even position coaches were making high six figures.

In a world of fragmented viewership, professional leagues will make up the decline in revenue in other ways. Leagues can—and will—reduce labor costs (that is, player salaries) when revenues fall. They can tinker with ticket pricing.

College athletics, though, is different. For one, there are no player salaries to slash. Cutting an unprofitable program is complicated by Title IX legislation.

Despite the windfall from media-rights fees, most athletic departments are not sitting on piles of cash. According to excellent reporting by The Washington Post, between 2004 and '14 revenues at 48 of the biggest athletic departments grew from $2.7 billion to $4.5 billion, but spending moved in lockstep from $2.6 billion to $4.4 billion. Even in these flush times, most athletic departments currently operate at a deficit.

What happens when the rights-fee bubble does burst?

The college sports landscape will look different. Nameplates, not 43-inch monitors, will festoon lockers. There will be fewer $600,000 strength coaches. Football players will have to nap in their dorm rooms. "The athletic department of tomorrow," says Hawkins, "could go through what ESPN is going through today."

Copyright (c) 2017 Sports Illustrated

Rutgers Economics  Professor

Mark Killingsworth

on

Bob Barchi's revenue fantasy

SPORTS


Chasing Big Sports Goals, Rutgers Stumbles into a Vat of Red Ink


Sports of The Times

 

By MICHAEL POWELL

MARCH 12, 2017

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Ah, how grandness beckoned. When Rutgers officials announced in 2012 that their university would join the Big Ten, one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences, the sun itself seemed to burn brighter.


Teams from Rutgers, New Jersey’s
state university, would battle mighty Ohio State and Michigan. High school seniors would forward applications by the truckload. And the money from those gilded television contracts — oh, good God, that money would pour in.

Robert Barchi, CEO, Rutgers Univ.


“It’s a transformative day for Rutgers University,” Tim Pernetti, the athletic director then, told reporters.


I recently placed a call to Mark Killingsworth, a Rutgers economics professor and football fan, and asked about that transformation. He sighed. He had led a faculty revolt against Rutgers’s money loser of an athletic department, which continues to siphon off tens of millions of dollars intended for academics. And Rutgers’s tuition costs rank high nationally

 




“It’s not rocket science; this program is a mess,” Killingsworth said of the athletic program. “We are not champions at much, but our deficit is the biggest in the Big Ten.”


The faculty council is set to vote on a motion deploring this state of affairs. The athletic department has run an annual deficit of at least $20 million since 2006; its current deficit is slightly larger than the sum of all the deficits in every other Big Ten athletic department.


All of which brings us to the athletic department’s 2016 financial report to the N.C.A.A. The Star-Ledger obtained this document recently; it showed a blood-red deficit of $28.6 million. The 64-page report had a curious one-line notation: “Other Operating Revenue: $10,495,912.”


It turned out that the university bank quietly lent $10.5 million to the athletic department to keep it afloat and pay severance costs for expensive and failed coaches. That loan came weighted with an interest rate of 5.75 percent; the cost of repaying it will run north of $18 million, according to university documents.


Rutgers also diverted $11 million in student fees and $17.1 million from its general fund to cover the athletic shortfall. The average undergraduate now pays more than $300 in activities fees exclusively for the university’s N.C.A.A. teams.

This is the section of this column I customarily would set aside for Rutgers officials to respond. They could slice and dice numbers, and explain why the ink is not as crimson as it appears. They could assert the department is run with a steely hand on the tiller.


Late last month, I requested an interview with the athletic director, Patrick Hobbs. A day later, I also asked to speak with the president, Robert Barchi. These requests were met with silence.

Patrick Hobbes ("WE ARE BIG TEN PROUD!!!!")


On Thursday, I asked again, and a spokeswoman offered an off-the-record interview with Hobbs. I declined. An email statement soon arrived, saying in part, “Rutgers Athletics will be in a position to generate a positive cash flow for the university after we receive our full share of Big Ten revenues in 2021.”


Let me translate: That the athletic department has been run with no regard for sound financial practice is a trifle. Soon enough, piles of dough from the Big Ten’s billion-dollar-plus television contract will be deposited on the front steps of the athletic department. Its take could amount to $40 million.


This is like handing Willy Sutton the keys to Fort Knox.
Deficits are not the only problem plaguing Rutgers athletics. Its football and basketball teams are impressively scandal-scarred.

Here is a brief recap:


In 2012, not long after Rutgers announced it was joining the Big Ten, Pernetti, as athletic director, received a video that showed the Scarlet Knights’ basketball coach, Mike Rice Jr., berating his players and using homophobic slurs. For punctuation, the coach hurled basketballs at their heads. Eventually Pernetti suspended Rice for a few games. A few months later, ESPN obtained and broadcast the video. This time, Pernetti fired Rice.

Alas, this was too late. Pernetti, who engineered Rutgers’s entrance into the Big Ten, tumbled out the door, followed by the university’s general counsel.


Barchi, the president, hired Julie Hermann as athletic director. He described her as “one of the most respected athletic administrators in the country.” Her pay and benefits were nearly half a million dollars.


More or less immediately, it was reported that Hermann, who earlier served as the volleyball coach at Tennessee, had demeaned her players as “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.” Hermann was shown the door in 2015 in a purge that also claimed Kyle Flood, the football coach.


Flood was accused of trying to persuade a dance appreciation teacher to change a failing grade for one of his players. Seven of his players were arrested, on charges including armed burglary and an unprovoked punch that broke a student’s jaw. An additional 16 players tested positive for banned substances, reportedly marijuana, which under university rules merited suspensions. The football staff covered this up.


More seriously, Rutgers, like other “big-time” schools, chooses pretty female students as “ambassadors” to show male recruits around campus. The N.C.A.A. has accused Rutgers of allowing two ambassadors to meet with the recruits in dorm rooms, which is prohibited.


Rutgers’s fired athletic officials will draw severance payments for years to come. Hermann is owed about $1.2 million over the next two years. Flood will pull down $2.1 million. Eddie Jordan, the basketball coach who, refreshingly, was fired for losing rather than for abusing his players, will receive almost $1.9 million.


Hence the athletic department’s need for a loan.
Pernetti no longer draws a university check. No wolf has arrived at his door. In one of his last acts as athletic director, he persuaded Rutgers to pay $7 million to end its contract with a sports marketing firm. Shortly after he was fired, Rutgers signed an 11-year, $65 million contract with IMG College to handle sports marketing for the university.


Two years ago, IMG hired Pernetti as president for multimedia, covering Rutgers and other colleges.


An intriguing aspect of Rutgers’s dive into big-time sports is that each time a coach or an athletic director left soaked in scandal, the successor received more money. The departed football coach made $1.25 million; the new coach makes $2 million. The departed basketball coach made about $1.1 million; the new coach makes $1.6 million.


As athletic director, Hobbs earns $110,000 more per year than Hermann did. Hobbs is quick-witted. He described the piling up of severance payments to dismissed coaches as “investments that need to be made.”


Hobbs once served as dean of Seton Hall’s law school, where he displayed a gift for fund-raising and an impressive ear for politics. Over the years, Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey senator and governor, had donated $1 million to Seton Hall. In 2004, his girlfriend, Carla Katz, applied to Seton Hall’s law school. He wrote a letter of recommendation for her.

 

Katz was president of the state’s largest public employees’ union. The law school awarded her a coveted presidential scholarship. Hobbs said he had no idea Corzine had written a letter of recommendation. He took exception to suggestions that a law school student “could receive a scholarship as a favor.”


Gov. Chris Christie was a graduate of the Seton Hall law school and a donor to his alma mater. When he served as a federal prosecutor, he got to know Hobbs. After an investigation of Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2005, Christie’s office cut a deal. It would not charge the company with securities fraud, and in exchange the company would pay a fine to fund a $5 million professorship of business ethics at the law school. (The Justice Department since has barred this practice, out of concern that prosecutors would start creating what it called “summer camps” at favored institutions.)

Loyal Rutgers alumnus "Chris" Christie. talking to reporter at NJ sporting event, displays undying school spirit and Nike corporate logo.


When Christie was elected governor, he appointed Hobbs to his transition committee. After that unfortunate business with the George Washington Bridge, he made Hobbs his $75,600-a-year part-time ombudsman. Hobbs had no office in the Capitol and produced no public work product.


A month ago, Hobbs and Killingsworth, the economics professor, agreed to answer questions for NJ.com, in a de facto email debate. Hobbs waxed joyful.


“Our teams and student-athletes have enjoyed a great deal of success in the Big Ten,” he said, citing women’s soccer, wrestling and lacrosse.


These are fine sports. The Big Ten, however, prays at the altar of the grand moneymakers, football and basketball. The Rutgers football team finished 2-10 over all in 2016, 0-9 in the Big Ten.

 

 

The men’s basketball team, Hobbs noted, got off to a fine 11-1 start. Alas, the team was beating up on creampuffs. When it stepped into the maw of the Big Ten season, Rutgers won three games and lost 15 before going 1-1 in the conference tournament.


“The athletic department has already budgeted for a 2 percent increase in student fees,” Killingsworth said. “I have a novel idea: Why don’t they learn to live within their means?”


That’s a small-time question for a big-time athletic program.

Copyright (c) New York Times 2017

 The Boosters Respond!

Booster #1:

This guy Killingsworth must be some kind of egg-head. Exemplifies the old saw - those that can't do, teach (and apparently teach wrongly). Geez, I thought RU had a strong economics department? Must be despite this clown.


Booster #2:

The whole argument of this guy Killingsworth and this NY Times article is non-sensical. This guy Killingsworth is an economics professor? Oh boy. We need to upgrade the economics department by getting rid of this guy.


Booster #3:

Can Barchi forceably [sic] make Killingsworth retire? As an Econ grad of RU I despise that crackpot old fool and wish we would send him away to play golf in Florida for the rest of his days.


Booster #4:

This isn't even a real scandal, it's the same horseshit one-sided hatchet job that gets puked up once every 6 months by Killingsworth who's pissed off because econ profs aren't rock stars on campus.


Booster #5:

What will these dipshits write about after July 1st, 2021?


Booster #6:

Do all universities have as many stupid facility members as RU does?


Booster #7:

We should replace all of these ignorant morons. Enough is enough already.


Booster #8:

It just sucks we can't run it like a corporation and fire these jokers.

 


Booster #9:

We should start petitions calling for all these hack professors to resign. We should be able to get thousands of signatures.


Booster # 10:

Exactly . . . find any legal way we can to get them fired.

 Losing at a Dollar a Second: Rutgers University

"Of all the schools that have tried to use intercollegiate athletics to advance the university’s name recognition and mission, none have done so more vigorously and expensively than Rutgers University. At last report, the school’s spending on sports exceeds revenue by over $36 million annually. That is the equivalent of a dollar a second during every minute, hour, day, week and month of the year. . . .

Rutgers is the only one of the nine colleges founded during the colonial era not in the top 50 in the Forbes Best Colleges list. Perhaps rather than concentrating on athletics, it should behave like the other eight colonial schools, none a big-time athletic power, and concentrate on using the prestige derived from its colonial heritage to build academic prowess."

Forbes Uncovers the Clue!

A Stroll Down Memory Lane . . .

 

Rutgers student section awaits 2nd-quarter kickoff v. Michigan

 

Rutgers routed by Ohio State, 58-0.

--Star-Ledger, 2 October 2016

Rutgers loses 78-0 to Michigan,

doesn't fold program in shame

--New York Post, October 8, 2016

Michigan State shuts out Rutgers 49-0

for first win of season.

--Detroit Free Press, November 13, 2016

Penn State Shuts Out Rutgers, 39-0

--Centre Daily Times, November 19, 2016

 

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

25 August 2003

Why Can't Rutgers Ever Win?

By Michael Farber

. . . Critics on campus contend that the university has already neglected its mission by focusing money and resources on a program that has little to do with education. They argue that with Big East football gutted, now is the ideal moment for Rutgers to clamber out of the swamp of commercialized college athletics, to make sports incidental if not inconsequential in campus life.

The only time Schiano's mood darkens during five hours of conversation is when this subject arises. "Where do they want us to go?" he asks. "I-AA?"

Give Professor Dowling a drafting table and a mechanical pencil, and get the hell out of the way.

William C. Dowling strolls back and forth in his classroom, answering questions. Sometimes he shuts his eyes while making a point, as if carefully composing each word. He is teaching Milton's Paradise Lost, discussing a section on how Eve persuaded Adam to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

Dowling's work often focuses on heroism. His Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard was on James Boswell and the idea of the hero in the late 18th century. He taught a course in 1996, Mirror of the Enlightenment, in which students read not only Locke and Gibbon in English, but also Voltaire and Diderot in French. He says those students made a heroic effort, one that went unacknowledged on campus, despite being at least as praiseworthy as, say, rushing for 100 yards against Syracuse.

Dowling, 59, lives in Princeton, about 15 miles from the Rutgers campus, where he is able to do research in the Princeton University library, which is, not surprisingly, superior to Rutgers's. "You can't afford books when you're buying linebackers," Dowling says. He characterizes his school's athletic program as "a Sophoclean tragedy, starring the Three Stooges"--presumably McCormick, Mulcahy and Schiano.

"The Division III model is admirable," Dowling says as he polishes off an omelette at a hangout across from the Princeton campus. "Good major private universities--like the University of Chicago, Washington U in St. Louis, Emory and NYU--have what we want for Rutgers. The admissions office accepts a class, and those who are good at football or baseball go out for it in the same way people who are good at theater go out for theatrical productions. We want Rutgers to be the first major public school in the U.S. to do this. It'd be a shining beacon to every other public institution, an example for the nation that also gets us out of the morass."

In the mid-1990s Dowling became faculty adviser to a group called Rutgers 1000, which is made up of more than 1,000 alumni and students who want the university to drop Division I athletics. The group rose to prominence in 1998 after the school alumni magazine refused to accept an advertisement from Rutgers 1000 trumpeting a statement of support from that other Milton, Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedman (class of '32). Rutgers 1000 sued and won. The ensuing publicity--and the $465,331 in legal bills run up by the school--made Rutgers look stiff-necked, scared and ridiculous.

Dowling is not antiathletic. (He played three varsity sports in high school and ran marathons for 25 years.) He says he simply wants "to make sure people care more about a kid who is brilliant at Greek or philosophy or physics than which moron is hired for the football team." He always roots for the football team to lose by lopsided margins. "That way," he says, "the honor and reputation of the school are saved."

Rutgers student section awaits 3rd-quarter kickoff v. Penn State

"Athletics Dollars and Academic Values"

Walter Boldys, Rutgers College '74

 Betwick Preseason Forecast

August 26, 2016

A Rutgers alumnus livng in the UK has kindly sent us the 2016 Big Ten preseason sheet issued by the British oddsmaker Betwick. We're happy to share it.

 

RU at Washington (L)
RU vs Howard (W)
RU vs New Mexico (W)
RU vs Iowa (L)
RU at Ohio State (L)
RU vs Michigan (L)
RU vs Illinois (L)
RU at Minnesota (L)
RU vs Indiana (L)
RU at Michigan State (L)
RU vs Penn State (L)
RU at Maryland (W)*
Overall: 3-9

*Forecast error (overall record was 2-10)

Betwick 2017 Preliminary Forecast

(forecast may alter as information in re coaching changes, recruit decommits, injuries, etc becomes available)

RU vs. Washington (L)
RU vs. Eastern Michigan (L)
RU vs. Morgan State (W)
RU vs. Nebraska (L)
RU vs. Ohio State (L)
RU vs. Illinois (L)
RU vs. Purdue (W)
RU vs. Michigan (L)
RU vs. Maryland (L)
RU vs. Penn State (L)
RU vs. Indiana (L)
RU v. Michigan State (L)

Overall: 2-10

 RU BOOSTERS

2017 SEASON ANTICIPATIONS:

"How many wins next year?"

From an online boosters' board

(Tuesday, 27 June 2017)

 Booster #1


7 Very Good
6 Good
5 Meets second year expectations

 Booster # 2

5-7 very good. Best case scenario is 6-6 w/ a bowl game and to win the Bowl game which would make us 7-6.

 Booster #3

5-7 would be "very good." 4-8 or less will show some progress but will also put more pressure on 2018.

 Booster #4

I'd be happy as all hell with 5-7, that's real solid progress.

 Booster #5

Five wins is possible. Six wins and a bowl is unlikely.

 Booster #6

I'm thinking five wins would be OK. Six would be more than OK.

 Booster #7

I see 4 wins as likely, and 5 wins possible.

 Booster #8

5 wins is good.
6 very good.
7 great.

Big Ten Weather

An interview with Senator Les Resniak

New Jersey State Senator Les Resniak recently sent a memo to Rutgers boosters who, like himself, are thrilled to see Rutgers in the Big Ten athletics conference. His message listed the important advantages Rutgers has gained by being in the Big Ten. Unfortunately, each of his claims was based on false logic.

But we're happy to report that Senator Resniak is a stand-up guy. Shortly after sending out his memo, he met with ARR for interview in which he explained his claims for "Big Ten advantages." Click here to read a transcript of the Resniak Interview.

Hail damage to car windshield, Denton, TX. While damage was being repaired, UNT applied urgently for membership in Big Ten.

"We've got to have big-time facilities if we're going to hire the players that will make us big time so we can get the TV commercials that make a school great!"

--SJ State Senator Les Resniak.

Athletics & Academics

Q & A: What is an

"Honors College"?

 Rutgers and the

"APR"

Fig Leaf

Now featuring

"Soybean Wind"

(or, is "Mark Emetic" Mark Emmert?)

Rutgers 1000 in Anti-Sports-Corruption History 

The Drake Group's 2012

ROBERT MAYNARD HUTCHINS

AWARD

Acceptance Speech

Trauma, depression, dementia

An update for fans & boosters

"Every current NFL player can expect to suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease that leads to memory loss, impaired judgment, depression, and dementia.

Football players are also four times more likely both to die from ALS and to develop Alzheimer's disease.

An NFL player can expect to live twenty years less that the average American male. By that measure, each season costs an NFL player about six years of his life. Football fans, in other words, must ignore the fact that we are watching men kill themselves."

Nathanial Rich, "The Super Bowl: The Horror & the Glory," The New York Review (5 March 2015), p. 54.

RU1000 asks prominent neuroscientist Robert L. Barchi:

"What about college football?"

BACK BY NATIONAL DEMAND

Pro & Con: the "standard" fallacies

Mason Gross and Dr. Lewis Thomas on the mentality behind

The Barchi Plan for the RU Brand

Karl Kirschner's Latest Coup!

Whitman, Einstein, Bill Bradley elected to Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Rutgers alumnus Walt Whitman

Carl Kirschner, AD for the Ages

 

"DEAN CARL KIRSCHNER

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

SCARLET KNIGHT FOOTBALL"

 

Wording on the framed plaque given to Dean Carl Kirschner by the Rutgers Athletics Department in recognition of services provided to the athletics program. Kirschner, well known as a Rutgers athletics supporter, was for many years permitted to travel to away games on the same airplane as the football team.

Former Rutgers Dean Carl Kirschner (right), seen here in intimate colloquy with former Athletic Director "Bob" Mulcahy.

Among his many other services to the Athletics Department, Kirschner won signal recognition for admitting to Rutgers one Damaso Munoz, a football recruit whose credentials included a substantial number of credits purchased for $399 at "University High School," a storefront operation specializing in preparing candidates for admission to universities with Div IA athletics programs.

Kirschner first served as interim athletic director when AD "Bob" Mulcahy was fired in connection with questionable financial manipulations.More recently, serving as interim AD after "Tim" Pernetti was fired in connection with a national scandal involving basketball coach Mike Rice, Kirschner played a major role in the hiring of basketball coach Eddie Jordan, a proud Rutgers alumnus who, as it happens, never graduated from the university, a fact that somehow eluded Carl Kirshner's amazing "due diligence" committee:

Rutgers 1000 mourns the passing of two loyal alumni supporters

 

Rudolph S. Rasin, Rutgers College '53

1930 - 2014

Bert Vorcheimer, Rutgers College, '55

1933 - 2014

 

 

A=. . . and gentlemen in England now abed

Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

--Shakespeare, Henry the Fifth, 4.3

 

 

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