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Rutgers officially becomes the Big Ten’s 14th member

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(So, yeah, more math/counting jokes go here.)

John got y’all primed earlier today on Rutgers’ imminent move from the Big East to the Big Ten as the conference’s 14th member, following Maryland’s steps on Monday. This afternoon, the move became official with unanimous approval, though when the Scarlet Knights will make the jump to their new home is yet to be determined. Big East bylaws call for, along with a $10 million exit fee, a 27-month waiting period. However, former members West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse all were able to leave (or will leave in the case of the latter two) before that specified timetable with the price tag of a higher exit fee.

Below are statements on the move:

Rutgers President Robert Barchi:
“The Big Ten includes America’s most highly regarded academic institutions, known for both their athletic success and academic achievement. This is exactly the right conference for Rutgers. Our university is one of the nation’s leading research universities and our student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the playing field.

Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti:
“This is a historic day for Rutgers University. It is an honor to join such a prestigious conference and begin our partnership with the outstanding institutions in the Big Ten. There is no finer conference in the nation that combines top-notch academics and athletics.”

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany:
“The Big Ten Conference is pleased to announce that Rutgers University will soon join the conference family. The additions of Rutgers and the University of Maryland further expand the Big Ten’s footprint while helping solidify our presence on the East Coast. Both institutions feature a combination of academic and athletic excellence and will prove a great fit for our future.”

Big East commissioner Mike Aresco:
“Although we are disappointed that Rutgers has decided to leave the Big East Conference, we wish them well. They have been a valued member of the Conference for many years. We realize that conference realignment is currently a fact of life in college sports. In the context of this realignment, changes in our membership have been taking place, including important additions. In fact, the Big East has expanded its scope with new members in California, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. As a result, the Big East has created a unique national football conference that is a factor in the BCS Championship, remains the nation’s strongest basketball conference top to bottom, and is a major force across the full spectrum of men’s and women’s college sports. We remain committed to, and confident in, the continued growth and vitality of the Big East Conference.”

As we noted yesterday, the Big East is still in the open market for a new TV deal. If Boise State and San Diego State are having second third fourth thoughts about joining the league, it could affect the negotiation process. Likewise, the lack of a concrete number could be a concern to the likes of BSU and SDSU. Certainly losing Rutgers doesn’t help.

Either way, the Big East will continue to be at a disadvantage moving forward even with a TV deal. No media rights payout is going to be high enough to keep any member if another conference (like, say, the Big Ten for example) comes calling. That’s not to say the Big East won’t be better off with a finalized TV deal  — it will — but the league is simply at the mercy of other conferences.

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38 Responses to “Rutgers officially becomes the Big Ten’s 14th member”
  1. ukeone says: Nov 20, 2012 2:54 PM


  2. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 3:02 PM

    Congrats Rutgers! Congrats B1G!

    A great addition to a great conference…

  3. friarjack61 says: Nov 20, 2012 3:09 PM

    Gone is the conference from the Mid-West. Now, Northwestern will cease playing their traditional final season game against Illinois, and be told that they have to play against schools in areas, that are usually visited, when on school trips. This addition to the BIG TEN, is a joke. There is no connection of these two additions to anything in this part of the Country.

  4. BrownsTown says: Nov 20, 2012 3:25 PM

    Welcome, Rutgers and Maryland. Here’s a primer on Big Ten football:

    – Brady Hoke is fat.
    – Bret Bielema cries a lot, literally and figuratively.
    – Brady Hoke is fat.

  5. BrownsTown says: Nov 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    Wow, looks like I made a sandwich with those points. I bet Brady Hoke would top that sandwich with mayonnaise and a pork chop…….’cause he’s fat.

    OK, I used all of my ‘Hoke is fat’ bullets. Be back later.

  6. BrownsTown says: Nov 20, 2012 3:40 PM


    For what it’s worth, NJ and MD aren’t that much of an extension from Central PA. Once the conference moved east to PSU, that bridge was somewhat crossed. Newark and College Park to State College are both only around 4 hours.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    Getting Rutgers is more or less the same as adding a Toledo or Ball State. Why don’t they go after them too if the just want an easy win on their schedule.

  8. manchestermiracle says: Nov 20, 2012 4:49 PM

    So now will the conference pick a name that has something to do with the number of members? Either drop the “10” and just call yourself BIG, or add a ” to the current name (BIG 10″), ’cause that’s what you must think you’re packing. Fourteen teams in a conference named the BIG 10 doesn’t elicit any confidence in your curricula.

  9. billobrienschindimple says: Nov 20, 2012 5:01 PM


    Both campuses are within 3 hours. I’ve driven those roads many times. Minor detail.


    Don’t go around with your nose in the air. At least direct your faux rage equally. Neither the Big 12 or Pac 10 sport the same number of universities as what is in their conference name.

  10. effjohntaylornorelation says: Nov 20, 2012 5:11 PM

    Why does it seem most associated with Rutgers are Italian?

  11. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 5:51 PM

    Here’s a dark horse candidate for the B1G, Boston College.

    For all the same reasons Maryland was good in regards to the DC market, Boston College is good in regards to the Boston market. Subscribers, subscribers, subscribers…

  12. ldbmountaineer says: Nov 20, 2012 6:14 PM

    Just another two weak members. Really does the Big 10 need more weak schools for SOS.

  13. ralzdmann says: Nov 20, 2012 6:18 PM

    billobrienschindimple….. It is called the PAC 12.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2012 6:30 PM

    They are still just the Big 10 since the other four don’t really matter, especially adding Rutgers and Maryland. Let’s see, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, maybe Michigan State. So, maybe they could just rename themselves the Big 7 or 8 plus some also rans.

  15. totallydisgusted says: Nov 20, 2012 6:57 PM

    Good financial move for both schools. Hate to see the terps leave the ACC but thats progress for you. People don’t realize that the terps are dead center in a talent rich area(d.c., maryland, and virginia). A boost in money and t.v. time will go a long way in helping Maryland keep that talent in the area.

  16. critter69 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:10 PM


    Meantime, the #1 rated basketball program in both the AP and Coaches polls is Indiana University.

    Granted, OSU and Michigan are also ranked in the Top Five, but MSU, Wisconsin and Minnesota are also receiving votes. Did you overlook Indiana and Minnesota in your list ‘of six or seven’?

    Some people, and some conferences, pay attention to more than one sport.

  17. ningenito78 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:04 PM

    thefiesty1- you mad troll? You pretty much copy and paste your same stupid, uninformed comments on every post about the B1G expansion. We get it. You have a tiny d!ck.

  18. smokehouse56 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:41 PM

    Hey ldbmountaineer, just like the weak sisters in the SEC, ACC, Big 12 or the Pac 10. They all have weak sisters. This proves that the Big Ten continues to lead the nation in ALL sports AND the classroom.

  19. normtide says: Nov 20, 2012 9:39 PM

    Why do so many hate expansion? You want a true playoff system? Leagues have to expand. You can’t make an omlet without breaking a few eggs. Also, any lost rivalry can continue, if both sides want it (see ut and ta&m, one side does, the other is afraid). We all say the bcs is a broken system, this is how you fix it.

  20. critter69 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:28 PM


    May I remind you that if IU depended totally on football for financing it’s athletic program like many other schools do, it almost certainly wouldn’t have an athletic program.

    IU, though, (and just like UM, OSU, MSU, Wisconsin, etc.) relies on other sports to also make a profit (in the above five cases, basketball). Maybe it is football only for the SEC schools, or the Big 12, but that is NOT the case for the teams in the Big Ten.

    Also remember, most people don’t look to football as the ONLY reason to support an institution of higher learning. In fact, some don’t care about any of the sports at an institution of higher learning, but to the education, How else to explaind MIT or CalTech? They are not very good in sports – ANY sport, but have many more potential students applying to go to them than slots available. The Ivy League? When was the last time any Ivy League team was dominant in football (or even basketball)? And yet they also have more applicants than slots available.

    If football was the ONLY criteria, there would be no applicants at MIT, CalTech, the Ivy League, and many other schools.

  21. latrobe21 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:40 PM

    I’m sorry, Mike (Aresco), but the ACC is the best basketball conference in America.

  22. normtide says: Nov 20, 2012 10:40 PM

    Critter- here is the thing : you are absolutely correct, BUT, college football is no longer rah, rah, rah, 42 scadoo. It isn’t a hobby to be a student athlete. Big time college football is the NFL minor league, plain and simple. I DO NOT DEAL IN ABSOLUTES. There are many, many fine student athletes, for whom an education is the primary goal. However, the system (and money machine) is fully based on a pro style model. There is plenty I don’t like about it, but we are all watching and hear taking about it. And we are here for the sport, we can spew stats about our players, but do we know GPA’s? The truth is, we use grades only when our teams are faltering.

  23. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 20, 2012 11:22 PM

    Interesting visit today w a substantial and influential Texas alum. He thinks Texas is so screwed because of Deloss Dodd’s myopic view of Texas being the be all and end all. He felt that Texas days are numbered in the big 12 because of the vast amounts of money being thrown around now on a three game national championship. Texas may want control, but they’re reading the tealeaves and rapidly finding out no one wants them in their conference.

    Here is the money point. He could not figure out why the B1G wanted Maryland and Rutgers instead of Texas. His quote exactly ” Don’t they realize what Texas brings to the table? Our pedigree, Our facilities, our entire athletic program? Don’t they realize we would be the flagship for the B1G?”

    I sat in silence and asked “Could it be that the B1G isn’t looking for a flagship school?” He never answered.

    You don’t want Texas any where near your conference

  24. deadeye says: Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM


    Interesting story. I have no doubt that Texas thinks of itself in those terms just like UNC, Ohio State, and Alabama all do.

    I strongly suspect that the BIG12 is waiting for the right moment, and when that moment comes they will expand faster than any other conference has up to this point.

    They have 6 spots open, and it just so happens that after SEC and B1G get to 16 each there will be 4 or 5 quality ACC schools looking for a new conference home. I think the BIG12 might have a shot at landing FSU, GT, Clemson, and Miami. And if the SEC lucks out with UNC, NCST would also be a nice addition for the BIG12. Finish it off with Louisville and call it a day.

  25. quizguy66 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:17 AM

    @Amosalanzostagg that is a perfect story. Texas can’t relate to the B1G and it’s (successful) way of doing things at all – basically they come from different planets.

    Texas is the spoiled kid that wants to tell everyone else what to do with their toys.

    The B1G is about mutual respect amongst all colleagues. Maryland and Rutgers come on as partners. Not junior partners. True partners. It’s been a huge part of the conference’s success and stability.


  26. critter69 says: Nov 21, 2012 5:34 AM

    ‘normtide’ ?

    Then why do MIT, CalTech, the Ivy League schools, and multiple other colleges and universities have more applicants that slots available?

    Maybe because some, or even most, people view life as more than just football? Even if it is no longer “rah, rah, rah, 42 scadoo”.

    Yes, many of us take some interest in college football and/or basketball and/or soccer, etc., but it is not our life and death if the team wins or loses. We might be down a bit for a day or two when our team loses, but it is not to the point of committing suicide.

  27. critter69 says: Nov 21, 2012 5:42 AM


    You might be correct, but I’ve heard that Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida State are seriously looking to join the SEC. With Maryland leaving, and Florida State also voting against the $50 million exit fee, FSU might have the inside track.

    Puts them at 17 if they all apply to the SEC, so would the SEC stop there, or go to some higher number?

    It wouldn’t be the first time a conference functioned with an odd number of teams – the ACC did it with seven for a while; the Big Ten did it with 11 for a couple of decades.

  28. wethog66 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:38 AM

    Some should not assume UMD will be a B1G doormat when it officially joins. Prior to having to play the 5th string QB, UMD was well on its way to getting 6 wins at least and a bowl game. Add to it a true star in Stephon Diggs, top 10 defense, and the entire team being the 4th youngest in the country, UMD football could very well be on the up swing.

    Finally add to it that a lot of football talent in MD goes to PSU and the B1G already, well if a handful of recruits now stay home UMD could compete at the B1G level.

    No garuntees from me, just this could be a very good move on a number of levels for UMD.

  29. jaxhotspur11 says: Nov 21, 2012 8:21 AM

    In response to critter69,

    ClemPson, FSU, and Ga. Tech would all love to join the SEC, but the SEC doesn’t want them. They add no new media markets of any significant size, as they already own Atlanta, South Carolina, and the state of Florida. Plus UF, UGa, and USC don’t want them in because they have the recruiting trump card over those schools now, which is, “Do you want to play in the SEC or the ACC?”

    The SEC will expand into new markets. I predict NC St. and Virginia Tech will end up in the SEC when all this shakes out.

    ClemPson, the Criminoles, and the Ramblin’ Wreck will probably end up in the Big 12. Ga Tech has an outside shot at the B1G, as an AAU member.

  30. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    Just going to 2nd the notion that the SEC is only going to grow again if it adds new territory. So yeah, Florida State, Clemson, and GaTech are out of luck. Next targets would be NorthCarolina (North Carolina or NC State) and Virginia (Virginia or VaTech). “Politics” might make both of those a dirty, dirty fight to win. Remember, Virginia pulled strings to get VaTech into the ACC ahead of Syracuse – would VaTech now spit in Virginia’s face and head to the SEC without them?

    If the SEC can’t get those two states, where would they go to find somebody else?

  31. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    The problem with North Carolina is that all the universities in the state have one BOT iirc. Would be real hard to pry one school away from the others. Our maybe it odd just UNC and NCST that share a board. Either way, I bet those two schools have to be a package deal. Also, I doubt UNC and Duke will separate. Bottom line is, North Carolina will be a sticky expansion situation.

  32. jaxhotspur11 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:51 PM

    I agree about UNC, normtide. The ACC will have to be seriously destabilized for UNC to move. But what if 3 to 5 of FSU, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Ga Tech bolt for the Big 12 and/or SEC? Wouldn’t UNC have to reevaluate everything at that point? That’s the B1G’s dream. Then they’d come get AAU members UNC and UVa and perhaps expand beyond 16 by adding AAU members Duke and Kansas.

  33. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:57 PM

    @ those who feel the Big 10 should change its name:
    There is no need for the Big 10 to change its name. When the league goes to 16 teams we can switch from the decimal sytem to the hexadecimal system. 16 in hex is written as 10. We can’t switch to hexadecimal now or we would be called the Big E. Actually, the Biggie doesn’t sound too bad.

  34. ukeone says: Nov 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    The B1G has 14 teams for 2014…and it’s a foregone conclusion that by 2016 there ‘will’ be 16…what they end-up calling themselves is all ‘superficial’ and unimportant…Big 10, Big 14, Big 16, Super…, Collossal…,Magnificent…Omnipotent…,etc. What is important is that the B1G has two new teams (with at least 2 more to come soon); and for better or for worse, these two additions are now in this conference to stay. Get over it; be done with it; it’s done! Apologies to the two newest additions: Maryland & Rutgers, as this is no way to ‘welcome’ these two fine schools to this conference. Kick-off your shoes, M & R, & make yourselves at home. You both ‘belong’ here!

  35. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 21, 2012 2:26 PM

    Boy would l like to offset these two with FSU and OU…..that would be a hell of a conference..

  36. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 21, 2012 2:26 PM

    In case Jim Delaney is reading…I mean Oklahoma…not Ohio University..

  37. ukeone says: Nov 22, 2012 10:43 AM

    Whoever is chosen to make-up the 15th & 16th schools to round-out the sixteen team total make-up of the B1G (and a probable 4-division playoff & championship format), I sincerely hope that it will ‘NEVER’ include the University of TEXAS (Oklahoma & FSU, anyday!). Besides, the State of Texas petitioned the POTUS to ‘seceed from the union’ & become their own ‘free & independent republic.’ Can you imagine that: Texas becomes it’s own ethnicity (like they aren’t already); they can no longer play anyone in the NCAA (so no national championships for them ever); they will then have to play football against the likes of the remaining Texas schools, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, maybe Puerto Rico (etc.) in a North/South divisional format for the “Some-Other-World Cup” Championship…Then they’d be a shoe-in for a bigger & better TV contract (or even a new multi-lingual network) with ESPN. I’d jump on that, UT…a lot of potential pesos!!! LOL!!!

  38. lbijake says: Nov 23, 2012 9:15 PM

    @latrobe 20 years ago, the ACC may have been the best. The only way now they are in contentention is by poaching Big East Schools.

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