AD Pat Hobbs Immediately Impressed with Chris Ash

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- By the time Pat Hobbs and Chris Ash ended their phone conversation last Tuesday, there was a front runner among a half-dozen serious candidates for the Rutgers football position. Hobbs went into more detail about his search and selection process after Monday's big press conference.

When Rutgers removed its athletic director and head football coach and immediately placed Patrick Hobbs in charge, it was time to get serious. Rutgers football got serious quickly in its six-day search for a new coach when Chris Ash emerged as a front runner within the first two days.

Ash interviewed with Hobbs two days after Rutgers fired coach Kyle Flood. He impressed instantly.

"I Interviewed a number of candidates after filtering through that, and I will tell you, it just became clear very early in that process that Chris Ash was the right person," Hobbs said. "In 25 years in higher education, he's the single best interview I've had with any individual. And I say that not because it was a polish or like an interview technique."

Hobbs has limited football experience but plenty when it comes to a coaching search. Hobbs received help from a search firm and from Rutgers Board of Governors chair Greg Brown but he saw enough in Ash alone to see the right man for the job.

"If you look across Chris Ash's career as a coach and what he's done with defenses, obviously at the schools that he's been, the dramatic improvement," Hobbs said. "So it's not simply what somebody says. My father used to say, there's lots of people who know but then there's those who can do. Everywhere he's been, he's done. He's come into Rutgers and I'm fully confident that he's going to do it."

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