Chris Ash Fired: 8 Candidates to Replace Ash as Rutgers Head Coach


"We appreciate Chris's dedicated efforts on behalf of our football program, our department and our University", Hobbs said in a statement released by the school on Sunday afternoon. "As such, it is in the best interest of the program to make a change". The Scarlet Knights have lost 14 straight Big Ten games and 16 consecutive contests to Power 5 conference opponents.

"Ash, who took over the Scarlet Knights" program in 2016, went 8-40 over three-plus years, never logging more than four wins in a season.

The 45-year-old Ash finishes with an 8-32 record as Rutgers coach, including a 3-26 Big Ten record.

Rutgers says Nunzio Campinale will serve as interim coach for the rest of the season. The Scarlet Knights host Maryland at noon Saturday at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.

A national search for a new head coach will take place, with additional details forthcoming, Hobbs said.

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Immediate speculation on Ash's successor turns to Greg Schiano, who led Rutgers to 68 wins and five bowl victories from 2001-11 before leaving for the NFL. Schiano left to become Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach after the 2011 season, but lasted only two seasons.

McNulty had another year left on his three-year deal that pays him $625,000 this season. The former Arkansas and Ohio State defensive coordinator inherited a mess, but ultimately did not do enough to warrant keeping his job. That total includes the remainder of his $2.3 million salary this year and the $7.5 million he's owed through the 2022 season.

Buffalo's Lance Leipold could be on a shortlist, as could Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long, Princeton head coach Bob Surface, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko, and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson. reported the athletics department also owes McNulty about $900,00 as part of his buyout. The former coach at New Jersey high school power Bergen Catholic, Campanile was the team's running backs coach last season.

Between the two coaches, Rutgers is still on the hook for more than $9 million.