11 Photos of Rutgers Coach Chris Ash Looking Frustrated, Embarrassed, Sad and Mad

By Mike Treb on November 16, 2016 at 9:31 am
Rutgers coach Chris Ash
Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Ash came to Rutgers with a passion to turn around a moribund college football program in a state that's bleeding football talent and fan interest.

"I want to build a first-class program here, a program that the university, the state of New Jersey, high school coaches and high school players can be proud to say that this program is theirs and they want to come here and be a part of it," Ash said.

His assistant coaching pedigree is impressive. During his five years coaching in the Big Ten, Ash was a part of four Big Ten championship teams. Prior to New Jersey, he worked in Columbus with Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.

And then Ash landed at Rutgers in December 2015, signing a five-year deal and a chance to start something fresh and new, yes? In his first season, Ash is experiencing one of the worst college football performances by a Power 5 Conference team.

They're 2-8. Winless in the Big Ten. Have beaten Howard and New Mexico. Got famously rocketed into space by Michigan, 78-0. Demolished by Michigan State, 49-0, to give the Spartans their first conference victory. Blasted by Ohio State, 58-0.

Rough season for Ash. And at times, his face has shown it. What follows next are the many faces of Chris Ash during this horror show of a 2016 Rutgers football season, as captured by our friends at USAToday Sports.


1. Anxious Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
Chris Ash wants to do well at Rutgers. It makes him feel anxious, alright? (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Exasperated Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"Guys. Guys. GUYS." (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Forlorn Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"This is so bad. This is going to be really, really difficult." (Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)

4. "oh What The F-ck" Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
You'd probably yell and look like this, too. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Embarrassed Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"What's the weather like in West Lafayette?" (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

6. "This Program Is smoldering trash, isn't it" Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"Breathe." (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

7. "What Have I Done?" Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"What. What. What. What. What." (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

8. "Did Ryan Dunleavy Really Tweet one time that Saquon Barkley Would Have Found It Tough to Get Playing Time in a Rutgers Backfield?" Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"He did! And he wrote a diaper-filled column on NJ.com blaming Penn State fans for mocking him!" (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

9. "I Miss You, Urban" Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"Missing you, bub." (Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)

10. Resolute Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"We can power through this! We can do this! We are building something here!" (Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Broken Chris Ash

Rutgers coach Chris Ash
"F-ck." (Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

What faces will we see from Ash on Saturday night as the 8-2 Nittany Lions visit New Jersey?

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