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Rutgers University, Vision 2020: Be the Walmart of Universities.

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OTOH: Does this sound like Walmart to you?

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UPDATE: Walmarts here we come! A reader reminds me to note that Rutgers has indeed convinced Schiano to take all of the school’s money.

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5 Responses to “‘Rutgers doesn’t belong in the Big Ten. It doesn’t have the stomach for big-time athletics. It is a small-thinking, decrepit corner grocery store run by incompetent middle managers trying to compete in a world with Walmart and Target, doomed to fail before it even opens its doors to customers.’”

  1. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    Isn’t this the right outcome given concerns about the coach’s history? Ref. https://www.margaretsoltan.com/?p=62722

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ravi: For most people associated with Rutgers, who would prefer that its options as an institution be something other than rackety grocery store or Walmart’s, losing Schiano is very good news. For those who regard Rutgers University as either a winning or a losing football team, it’s angering.

  3. charlie Says:

    If Pennsylvania is excluded, none of the Northeastern states have successful college football programs. Syracuse and Boston College, both of which are private, make some noise occasionally? But when has UMass or UConn amounted to anything in terms of football? Given that, why does Rutgers think they’ll achieve any more success than other regional schools? New Jersey’s inventory of outstanding high school players is dwarfed by that of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The school would need to use an enormous amount of resources in order to draw out of state athletes. That would, at best, make them mediocre.

    It goes to show that the current Power 5 bidness model, predicated on football attracting out of state students, will bankrupt unis. As student loan defaults increase, it’s either incompetence or corruption, which explains demanding more debt for students to fulfill ridiculous football program expectations..

  4. john Says:

    they’ve now signed Schiano to an eight year contract. i assume the big salaries for assistants were agreed to as well.
    the long promised athletic profitability gets put off again.

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    john: Yes. Thanks for the update. Rutgers continues to put its money where its assholes are.

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