Soon enough, Maryland and Rutgers will be official members of the Big Ten. The big day is July 1, to be exact. To get Big Ten fans ready for the schools’ arrivals, we’re taking a look at each of the school’s notable NBA and NFL alumni. Today, we’re looking at Rutgers. See the Scarlet Knights’ top basketball and football pros in this post.
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The Big Ten Conference announced it will open a second office in New York City to help serve the needs of its 14 member institutions. The Big Ten New York City office will be located at 900 Third Avenue and will be fully staffed and operational by June 1.
Rutgers is taking its first steps toward its maiden Big Ten voyage this spring, as Kyle Flood works with his third team since taking over for Greg Schiano. Flood, who is 15-11 at Rutgers with two bowl bids, has talent to work with coming off a 6-7 season and a loss to Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. But he also has areas of concern. Among them:
The incredible story of former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand just added another inspiring chapter. LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a 2010 football game against Army, received his college diploma this week. He graduated with a degree in labor studies and is working to make a transition from playing football to the broadcasting booth.
BTN asked for your feedback on three ideas for Big Ten divisional realignment, and thousands of viewers and readers sounded off. On Monday night’s “BTN Football Report,” our experts kicked these ideas around and discussed the topic of divisional alignment.
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One of the hottest debates around the Big Ten Conference’s announced plan to expand to 14 schools revolves around the future look of the two divisions. Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern reside in the Legends Division while Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the Leaders Division.
The Big Ten Conference made a little more news recently when it announced Maryland and Rutgers would become the conference 13th and 14th members, respectively. Now, for the entire month of December, BTN will discuss the very questions stirred up by conference expansion and we want you tell us where you stand, too.
You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. Many of your questions this week center on Big Ten expansion. The tenor of most readers was the same: Miffed about the decisions to add Maryland and Rutgers. Read on, folks. There even is a basketball question.
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.
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.
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.
To kickoff today’s announcement that Rutgers is joining the Big Ten Conference, the school will host a press conference with President Robert Barchi and Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti and Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany today at 2 p.m. ET. BTN and BTN2Go will have live coverage beginning at 1:45 p.m. ET of the press conference. After that, BTN will have analysis from a variety of guests. Dave Revsine will host BTN’s coverage.