Rutgers Opens Wallet to Hire New Staff

Rutgers increased its money pool to get deals done with its newly hired football coaches. After what would have been the lowest paid coaching staff in the Big Ten last year, athletic director Julie Hermann and head coach Kyle Flood increased spending to get a new staff in place.

The cost of doing business has gone up.

Rutgers is no longer in the minor leagues, and had to start spending like it this offseason Competitive spending in the Big Ten is a significant increase from Big East and American Conference football, and Rutgers took a step forward in the contracts for coordinators Ralph Friedgen and Joe Rossi.

Releasing the financial figures Tuesday afternoon, along with the announced hire of wide receivers coach Ben McDaniels, Friedgen and Rossi stand to make more than their predecessors.

Friedgen's two-year deal gives him a $500,000 per-year base. That more than doubles what Detroit Lions assistant Ron Prince made in Piscataway last year. Rossi, also a two-year deal, has a base of $300,000, sees a 9 percent increase from Dave Cohen in his first year as a BCS coordinator.

Athletic director Julie Hermann opened up the Rutgers wallet to help Flood get the moves done. After ranking dead last among public Big Ten schools with a $1.805 million assistant salary base last year, Rutgers offered its coaches more competitive figures and longer deals.

The coordinators alone are set to make $1.1 million between the three of them – Bob Fraser signed a two-year deal worth $300,000 per year. McDaniels has a two-year deal for $200,000 per year, and defensive line coach Jim Panagos signed a two-year deal in the offseason.

Rutgers returns defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson, associate head coach Norries Wilson and tight ends coach Anthony Campanile from the 2013 staff. Flood hired offensive line coach Mitch Browning in December to replace the fired Damian Wrobewlski.

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