And then there were 14. We all knew this day was coming, right? We all knew the Big Ten would grow to 14 schools. The SEC made the move prior to this season, which certainly had to catch the eye of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.
BTN covered the announcement that Rutgers is joining the Big Ten, and we’re posting all of the video in this post. Remember, too, that all of our clips are house on our BTN.com video page. Also, use the audio link in this post to listen to the national teleconference with the major players from Tuesday’s announcement.
Yesterday, it was Maryland. Today, it’s Rutgers. With today’s news, the Big Ten is primed to become a 14-team conference starting in 2014-15. While Big Ten basketball fans have at least some familiarity with Maryland’s hoops tradition, not much is known about these Scarlet Knights. Let’s take a look at what Rutgers brings to the conference from a hoops perspective.
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Maryland it is not, Rutgers is no slouch in the uniform department itself. To be fair, though, no Big Ten school can challenge Maryland when it comes to uniforms and helmets. The Scarlet Knights, outfitted by Nike, mix it up quite a bit – only in a tamer manner than Maryland.
C. Vivian Stringer, coach of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, spoke to BTN on Tuesday about the impact of her school’s move to the Big Ten Conference. Stringer is a Hall of Fame coach who spent many season leading the Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team. Watch the video in this post.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings.
Rutgers is announcing that it will join the Big Ten at an afternoon news conference Tuesday on its campus in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers will be leaving the Big East, where it has been competing since 1991. The move follows Maryland’s announcement on Monday that it was departing the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten in 2014. Rutgers will be the Big Ten’s 14th member. Read the full AP story here.