CHICAGO – BTN is welcoming Rutgers University to the conference in a B1G way, adding Rutgers experts to its on-air roster and planning a full day of programming dedicated to Rutgers Athletics.
Joining BTN’s roster are former Rutgers offensive lineman, Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection Shaun O’Hara, former Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand and former Rutgers quarterback Ray Lucas. LeGrand and Lucas will serve as football studio analysts, while O’Hara, who is also an NFL Network studio analyst, will be in the booth as a game analyst.
Also joining the BTN team as both a studio and game analyst is former Rutgers basketball player and coach Bob Wenzel. Additionally, Josh Lewin, the voice of the New York Mets and San Diego Chargers, will do play-by-play (basketball), while Tina Cervasio, a sideline reporter for the New York Knicks and New York Red Bulls, will also report from the sideline for Rutgers games.
BTN will televise at least 40 football games this fall, including a pair of conference night games at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers hosts Penn State on Sept. 13 and Michigan on Oct. 4. Howard at Rutgers also is on BTN on Sept. 6. Television arrangements for remaining Rutgers games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.
“Rutgers Day” on BTN will be Friday, Aug. 1, and will feature some of the most memorable games in Scarlet Knight history.
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At 10 AM ET, the network will debut The Big Ten Welcomes Rutgers, a 60-minute show hosted by BTN’s Dave Revsine. Revsine will be joined in studio by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, while BTN football analyst Gerry DiNardo discusses the history and future of Rutgers football and BTN basketball analyst Jim Jackson shares his perspective on Scarlet Knights hoops. Also featured on the show will be interviews with Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann, football coach Kyle Flood, men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan, women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and former football player Eric LeGrand. The show also will air at 3 PM ET and 9 PM ET.
Below is a partial schedule for Aug. 1. Complete listings are available at BTN.com/Shows.
ALL TIMES EASTERN
|10 AM||The Big Ten Welcomes Rutgers|
|11 AM||Rutgers Football Classic2011 Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13 (12/30/2011)
|1 PM||Rutgers Basketball Classic2004 NIT Semifinals: Rutgers 84, Iowa State 81 (3/30/2004)
|4 PM||Rutgers Football15 Days of Spring
|5 PM||Rutgers Football Classic2008 Papajohns.com Bowl: Rutgers 29, North Carolina State 23 (12/29/2008)
|7 PM||Rutgers Football ClassicRutgers 28, Louisville 25 (11/9/2006)
|9 PM||The Big Ten Welcomes Rutgers|
|10 PM||Rutgers Football Classic2006 Texas Bowl: Rutgers 37, Kansas State 10 (12/28/2006)
|1 AM||Rutgers Football ClassicRutgers 19, Michigan State 14 (9/4/2004)
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