Chris Ash Inks Five-year, $2 Million Annual Deal with Rutgers Football

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The Rutgers Board of Governors approved a resolution Monday to sign Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash as its new football coach. Ash signed a five-year, $2 million deal and holds his introductory press conference at 1:30 p.m. from the football facility.

Take a sigh of relief because Chris Ash to Rutgers is official after the university Board of Governors approved a resolution at a Monday emergency meeting in New Brunswick. Ash and Rutgers agreed to a five-year, two-million deal in principle with contractual details to follow. Ash previously made $590,000 per year as Urban Meyer's defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Ash met his new team Monday morning and is set for a 1:30 p.m. press conference with new athletic directory Patrick Hobbs from the football team meeting room.

The majority of the Rutgers board, including chair Greg Brown, attended Monday's meeting via phone. Brown and Hobbs led the six-day coaching search after president Robert Barchi fired coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann Dec. 29 without cause.

Barchi referred to Ash as, "an individual who is not only an excellent coach but one who I believe is the right coach."

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