Report: Rutgers parts ways with seven assistants under Chris Ash

Rutgers has reportedly let go of seven assistants under new coach Chris Ash.
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Rutgers has let go of seven assistants under new coach Chris Ash, reports the Asbury Park Press’s Ryan Dunleavy.

Both offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels and defensive coordinator Joe Rossi were reportedly relieved of their duties, as well as special teams coordinator Phil Galiano, offensive line coach Mitch Browning, linebackers coach Bob Fraser, secondary coach Darrell Wilson and running backs coach/associate head coach Norries Wilson. Defensive line coach Jim Panagos and wide receivers coach Anthony Campanile will both stay on the staff. 

Rutgers hired Chris Ash on Monday to replace Kyle Flood, who was fired following a 4–8 season in 2015. ​Ash, who served as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, signed a five-year contract with Rutgers worth $2 million annually. Ash will remain the defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes when they face Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. 

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Ash said on Monday during his introductory press conference that he planned to meet with the coaching staff to make certain they are on the same page.

“When I sit down and meet with the coaches on this staff, if I feel that any of those coaches can be a part of what I’m trying to build, then they will have an opportunity to potentially join the staff,” Ash said.

Ash may have hired Vince Okruch as a special teams assistant, as he made a recruiting visit to the university on Thursday. Okruch has been a quality control coach for the kicking game with the Buckeyes since 2013.