They believe they’ve hired the man to do just that. Chris Ash will take the helm of the Scarlet Knights after being hired for the head coaching position in December of 2015. Ash spent the two years prior in Columbus as the defensive coordinator for the Ohio State Buckeyes where he was a part of a national championship staff in 2014.
This is Ash’s first head coaching job. Since 1924, Rutgers head coaches are 11-1 in their debut at the school, and Ash hopes to improve that number to 12-1.
Along side Ash is the youngest play caller in power five conference football: 28 year-old Offensive Coordinator Drew Mehringer, who has transitioned the Rutgers team to a spread offense this year.
Saturday’s season opener will be one of five games the Scarlet Knights play against teams ranked in the top 20 preseason AP poll. In the school programs’ 148-year history, they have only nine victories over a ranked opponent.
The Scarlet Knights will kickoff against the Huskies at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
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