PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A few assistant football coaches at
Rutgers are receiving hefty raises this year -- even as the rest of
the university is laying off workers and cutting programs.
A review of employment contracts shows double-digit percentage
raises this school year for coaching assistants, many already
earning six-figure salaries, The Record of Bergen County reported
Nine coaches are making $115,000 to $185,000 this year. They're
also each getting a $7,200 annual car stipend and an additional one
month's pay, a reward for the Scarlet Knights going to the Texas
Bowl last month. Rutgers was ranked since the third week, tied a
school record for victories and won its first bowl game.
But state budget cuts have forced the university to eliminate
825 jobs and cancel at least 459 course sections to make up for an
$80 million budget shortfall.
While most assistant football coaches are getting double-digit
raises, elsewhere in the university raises average 6.5 percent to
7.5 percent, Rutgers spokesman Greg Trevor said.