By Lewis Gould
The Bergen Record investigation into the Rutgers football team uncovered this incredible nugget:
For more than a year, Rutgers football players have been entitled to free DoorDash food deliveries, paid for by the university — and ultimately New Jersey taxpayers.
And football players racked up a bill of more than $450,000 from DoorDash, they found.
At the same time, in the past two years (2021 and 2020), Rutgers Athletics operated at a $73 million deficit.
From May 2021 through June of this year, Rutgers football players ordered more than $450,000 in takeout meals from restaurants, plus deliveries from convenience stores and pharmacies, NorthJersey.com found, in a review of financial records from the Rutgers Athletics Department.
Rutgers did not dispute the $450,000 bill. Rutgers also said the practice — of football players and other athletes being allowed free meal deliveries — still continues on campus today. But starting in late June, the school switched to GrubHub, citing its cheaper costs. Also, GrubHub will be limited to delivering food and beverages only; football players used DoorDash to have non-food items delivered from stores and pharmacies, the report found.