Two days, two new teams. It has been that kind of week for the Big Ten—an historic week, really. Maryland came aboard on Monday … Rutgers took its turn yesterday, swelling the Big Ten ranks to 14 schools. I’m checking my emails every five minutes for the next press conference alert … none yet. Stay tuned. See what the Big Ten’s leading pundits had to say about the monolithic conference’s newest bouncing bundle of joy—Rutgers—in my daily links.
You’ll want to see how “The Journey 2012” covers Montee Ball’s historical TD last Saturday on tonight’s episode of the show at 7:30 p.m. ET. Ahead of the show we’ve posted two highlight reels, one from Ohio State vs. Wiscosnin and the other from Iowa vs. Michigan. As part of our ongoing coverage of the various Senior Day celebrations our crew tracked Ball and Michigan’s Denard Robinson.
As BTN’s Gerry DiNardo mentioned during Tuesday’s coverage of Rutgers joining the Big Ten, there are three variables to consider when creating the conference’s new divisions: 1. Competitive balance; 2. geography; and 3. rivalries.
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.
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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.
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.