Athletics is an integral part of the university’s mission. Successful teams boost pride in the university, encourage applications by top students and enhance fundraising efforts.
KEY POINTS ABOUT RUTGERS ATHLETICS
- The recent success of the Rutgers athletics program has brought tremendous pride to New Jersey and the university.
- The university is doing all that it can to build on that success. As the program advances we might make some missteps, and when we do we’ll address them, but fundamentally, we’re making good progress.
- Rutgers is committed to a successful and accountable athletics program.
FACTS ABOUT RUTGERS ATHLETICS
Success of the Football Program
- The recent success of the athletics program is a major point of pride for New Jersey and the university.
- The university’s national visibility has risen dramatically.
- University fundraising is at an all-time high.
- Tours and applications by prospective students have reached record numbers, and the mean SAT for incoming students continues to rise.
Coach Greg Schiano is recognized as one of the best football coaches in the nation. He was the consensus national Coach of the Year following the 2006 season.
- He was the consensus national Coach of the Year following the 2006 season.
- He has led Rutgers to three consecutive bowl games and two straight bowl championships
- Equally important, his team is ranked third nationally and first among state schools in the Academic Progress Rate (APR), the index used by the NCAA to track student-athletes’ academic progress toward graduation.
The national market for top coaches is extremely competitive.
- To retain high-achieving coaches – those who lead their student-athletes to success on the field and in the classroom – the university has to offer strong compensation packages that are in line with other schools.
- These packages typically include sharing in revenue generated by corporate sponsorships through sports marketing firms. An addendum to Coach Schiano’s contract provides for a $250,000 personal services payment from Nelligan Sports Marketing (NSM). The payment is guaranteed by Rutgers, but the full cost of this compensation will be drawn from corporate sponsorship revenue.
- His total compensation, including bonuses, is approximately $2 million, less than the packages of more than 20 other Division 1-A coaches.
While it plays a large role in the life of the university, athletics is a very small percentage of the Rutgers budget.
- Rutgers’ athletics budget for FY2008 was approximately $50 million, or less than 3 percent of the university’s total $1.75 billion budget.
RUTGERS’ ATHLETICS PROGRAM IS EXCEPTIONALLY INCLUSIVE
- Rutgers has 24 intercollegiate sports, far more than most of its peer institutions.
- In fielding 24 men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams in New Brunswick, Rutgers is tied with the UConn for the most intercollegiate teams of any Big East Conference school with a Division 1-A football program, even though UConn’s athletic budget is approximately $10 million higher.
- Rutgers also carries 15 varsity teams in Camden and 10 in Newark.
- Rutgers fields Division 1 teams in 19 of the 20 most popular sports in terms of high school student participation in New Jersey.
With more than 50 recreation and club sports, Rutgers provides an opportunity for participation to thousands of students.
- In addition to the hundreds who participate in the 49 intercollegiate programs at Rutgers are thousands more who take advantage of the university’s recreation programs, club sports and athletic facilities.
There are more fencers in the program since its transition from a varsity team to a club sport.
Rutgers saved more than $700,000 from reduced expenses associated with the transition of the six varsity sports to club status, even after increasing women’s athletics scholarships.
- The university increased women’s athletic scholarships in the 2007-08 academic year to reflect an across-the-board increase in all full scholarships due to rising tuition costs, a commitment to improve the quality and competitiveness of the remaining varsity teams, and a required increase in women’s athletic scholarships to meet Title IX standards.
ATHLETICS REVIEW COMMITTEE
- President McCormick and his leadership team are reinforcing the principles of accountability and integrity in all business transactions throughout the university.
- The president has appointed a committee of prominent leaders from Rutgers and the state charged with conducting a review of the athletics division's policies and practices.
- This review will include an examination of contracts and relationships with sports marketing firms and an evaluation of internal controls currently in place.
- The committee will report its findings to the president in early fall.
- Co-chairs are two Rutgers alumni prominent in the New Jersey business community:
- Alfred C. Koeppe, former president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Co., and former chair of the New Jersey Higher Education Commission
- Albert R. Gamper Jr., retired chairman of the board of CIT Group Inc., former chairman of the Rutgers Board of Governors and current chair of the Board of Governor’s athletics committee.
- Members include prominent New Jersey citizens, Rutgers faculty and alumni.
RUTGERS STADIUM EXPANSION
- The expansion project is self-supporting – no taxpayer or tuition dollars are being used.
- The university will continue to manage the project carefully and make changes to ensure it is completed without exceeding the project budget approved by the Rutgers Board of Governors.
- The expansion of Rutgers Stadium is essential to the university’s plans to build on the program’s current success.
- There is a waiting list of approximately 12,000 for season football tickets.
- The project is on time. The first phase will be completed by September 2008 and the second phase by September 2009.
RUTGERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH NELLIGAN SPORTS MARKETING (NSM)
The Rutgers-NSM partnership has been beneficial to the university.
- Rutgers has worked with NSM since 2000.
- NSM has been able to significantly increase total sponsorship revenues for Rutgers; last year’s revenues reached approximately $4 million.
- For example, Rutgers acquired, at no cost to the university, two scoreboards worth more than $700,000 for the stadium and a soccer/lacrosse scoreboard at Yurcak Field.