Rutgers and head football coach Chris Ash have agreed to an extension that will keep him under contract with the program until 2022, according to NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Dunleavy. He was originally under contract through the 2020 season.
This news comes soon after Rutgers finished a 4-8 season, doubling its win total from Ash’s first season with the team. The former Ohio State defensive coordinator was coaching on a unique deal, Dunleavy reports, and now has some more backing from the school:
Ash coached his first two seasons on a signed Memorandum of Agreement — this represents his first official contract — that assured he would have years added to his deal equal to the term of any NCAA sanctions placed on Rutgers as a result of an investigation preceding his arrival.
“When I hired Chris two years ago, I knew I was getting a great coach and the right coach for Rutgers,” athletics director Pat Hobbs told NJ Advance Media.
“Given the many challenges facing the program, I wanted him to know that he would have the time it would take to be successful in the Big Ten. We play in the toughest division of the best conference in the country. We’re making the investments that will bring success.
Dunleavy reports the two sides came to the agreement before Rutgers’ season-ending loss to Michigan State. Ash was originally signed a five-year, $11 million deal in December 2015. This new contract adds $5.1 million over two years, and keeps Ash on the scale of getting an annual raise of $100,000 each year.
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