Rutgers rewards Schiano with contract through '12

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- After leading Rutgers to its first bowl game in 27 years, Scarlet Knights football coach Greg Schiano has agreed to a new seven-year contract through 2012, the school announced Thursday.

Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to a 7-4 record -- their first
winning mark since 1992 -- this season, his fifth with the
school. They will face Arizona State in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday, their first postseason game since meeting the Sun
Devils in the 1978 Garden State Bowl.

"This contract reflects our appreciation for the outstanding
work Greg Schiano has done with our football program," Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy said. "He is committed to the total development of our student-athletes on and off the field, and the overall performance of the program in the past five years is a testament to that commitment."

Schiano is receiving $191,000 in salary this season but
that will increase to $250,000 in 2006 and to $350,000 by 2012. The new deal also increases his guaranteed income from private sources from $325,000 in 2005 to $625,000 next year and to $750,000 by the end of the contract.

"I am humbled and appreciative of the support shown by the
leadership of Rutgers University," Schiano said. "We will
continue to build Rutgers into a championship-caliber football
program that serves as a source of great pride for our
university and the state of New Jersey."