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Rutgers will have their bowl payment withheld by AAC

Kyle Flood, Rutgers AP

Notre Dame pulled away from Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday, and it appears the loss came at a cost for the Scarlet Knights. According to The Star Ledger, Rutgers will not receive a bowl share from the American Athletic Conference this season.

According to the report, the conference will be withholding a total payment fo $1.5 million from Rutgers, who moves in to the Big Ten in 2014. Rutgers and the AAC are involved in ongoing legal battle to settle on an exit fee before the Scarlet Knights move to the Big Ten.

“Because there is pending litigation, I can’t comment,” Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann said to The Star Ledger. As the New Jersey paper notes, bowl payments are usually not made to schools until the spring, so withholding the payment now is merely nothing more than a power play by the conference.

The withholding of the bowl payment should also not be too much if a surprise. Once schools decide to leave for another conference it is common for that school to see a reduction in voting power and some reduction in certain payouts within the conference. Rutgers is also claiming the conference has withheld some of the negotiated exit fees it believes it is owed following settlements with Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

If Rutgers does not receive the $1.5 million bowl payout from the conference, it is likely the university will be one of many schools to take a hit in the pockets this bowl season. Rutgers turned a slim profit the last time they played in the Pinstripe Bowl, and the budgeted bowl payout was expected to be needed in order for the school to record a profit this year as well.

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14 Responses to “Rutgers will have their bowl payment withheld by AAC”
  1. ancientcougar says: Dec 29, 2013 12:18 PM

    I guarantee that my school would happily give up a small bowl payout to be in the “Big” next year.

  2. jg8771 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:18 PM

    This is like a former employer withhold a $100 bonus from a guy who just took a new job that pays $250,000 a year.

  3. dhardy8207 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:19 PM

    No huge suprise here, as with anything else in this world greed is alive and thriving at all levels…

    Hope the school comes out at least reaping some profit for their accomplishments…

  4. manik56 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:26 PM

    Every school in “The American” would kill to be moving to the B1G. Petty would be the word I would use here.

  5. pastabelly says: Dec 29, 2013 12:37 PM

    Does the Big 10 believe that they are getting into the NY market by bringing in Rutgers? Wouldn’t Syracuse have made more sense?

  6. v2the4 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:56 PM

    its not like they are really punishing Rutgers. They played their bowl game in New York City, only 37.7 miles from their campus in Piscataway.

    If the AAC wanted to “punish” Rutgers for moving to the B1G without the 2 year notice, they could have sent them to Birmingham or Orlando, where the price of hotels and travel would have put a dent into the Rutgers athletic budget.

    Rutgers will regret this move to the B1G…while they will get a nice little profit in yearly money with the big ten network and tv money, they will be getting their arses kicked in football, basketball, baseball one act plays, debate, volleyball and whatever they play.

  7. mogogo1 says: Dec 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    “Notre Dame pulled away from Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday, and it appears the loss came at a cost for the Scarlet Knights. ”

    This makes it sound like had they won, the conference might have given them all the money plus some extra. Really poorly written. They were going to dock them regardless–nothing was tied to the fact Rutgers lost the game.

  8. BrownsTown says: Dec 29, 2013 1:30 PM

    Syracuse is four hours from NYC.

    New Brunswick (Rutgers), NJ is 40 minutes from NYC.

  9. rjmckee121751 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:29 PM


  10. pastabelly says: Dec 29, 2013 5:28 PM

    And nobody in NYC gives a crap about Rutgers.

  11. bigdog101010 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:02 PM

    They may not care about Rutgers, but nobody there cares about Syracuse either. If anyone has a chance at capturing that market, it’s Rutgers due to the short proximity.

  12. dmcgrann says: Dec 29, 2013 10:29 PM

    If they wanted the New York markets, they’d have invited the Giants or the Jets. But neither is in the AAU and probably wouldn’t provide significant competition, especially in basketball or women’s lacrosse.

  13. clemsonstillsucks says: Dec 30, 2013 2:05 AM


    I protest….I feel that both the Giants and the Jets would be semi-competitive in both women’s lacrosse and women’s basketball, although I doubt either would go to the post-season.

  14. oldschoolnflman says: Dec 30, 2013 3:23 AM

    Is the second best player in Rutgers history Brian Leonard?

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