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Rutgers set to announce move from Big East to Big Ten

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As expected, the next expansion domino will officially fall Tuesday afternoon.

Following up on reports that first surfaced over the weekend, Rutgers announced via a press release a short time ago that RU president Robert Barchi and athletic director Tim Pernetti will conduct a press conference at 2 p.m. ET today.  Also in attendance?  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

The press conference will officially announce Rutgers as the Big Ten’s 14th member, although the time frame for the Scarlet Knights’ move will likely not be known for some time.  Big East bylaws call for, along with a $10 million exit fee, a 27-month waiting period.  As was the case with West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the timeline for Rutgers joining the Big Ten will likely be expedited by the school paying a higher exit fee.

Maryland, the 13th member of the Big Ten, announced Monday their intention to leave the ACC beginning in 2014.

Both Rutgers and Maryland are expected to join the Leaders division, of the Big Ten, joining geographic rival Penn State as well as Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.  Illinois, a current member of the Leaders, is expected to shift to the Legends division.

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26 Responses to “Rutgers set to announce move from Big East to Big Ten”
  1. thegamecocker says: Nov 20, 2012 11:00 AM

    OUTSTANDING! This is a watershed year for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey! An excellent conference affiliation with outstanding academics and a solid football season. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen. Bob Mulcahy deserves much credit as well as Tim Pernetti and the new President, Dr. Barchi! Congratulations to everyone affiliated with Rutgers University!

  2. kupski says: Nov 20, 2012 11:14 AM

    HUGE Win for the Big Ten
    T.V. revenue!
    Basically the ENTIRE east coast for viewers !
    W.T.G. Big Ten

  3. mtheparrothead says: Nov 20, 2012 11:16 AM

    Gives a crap? Rutgers and Maryland fans
    Wishes we were adding some quality to our division? The rest of the big ten.

  4. ningenito78 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:26 AM

    @thegamecocker- don’t forget Schiano and McCormick. It’s amazing how far the program has come in the last 12 years. It really is such an enormous moment for Rutgers athletics. To all the haters- I understand you don’t know much about Rutgers football and don’t expect you to. They rarely play nationally televised Saturday games. But I can guarantee the university and program will represent the conference well. They will be a valuable member of the B1G after some time of adjusting to the increase in competition. But 10 years from now you too will be proud of the addition. I’m sure of it.

  5. getsome99 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:26 AM

    How about them Fighting Irish! Let’s go Notre Dame!!! #1 in football AND #1 in graduation rates among student athletes!

    Life is good when you’re irrelevant.

  6. sssjim7 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:31 AM

    I’m not sure how the B1G will make more money, but I wish them luck! Maryland hasn’t been able to make any money for a while, but that seems to be because they aren’t doing a good job with their finances.

    Hopefully Maryland will hire a good accountant to tell them to not spend more money than they make….

    but then again… how far are they from DC????

    We will miss Maryland in the ACC… I remember watching many Clemson/Maryland games in the 80’s… nearly always for the ACC championship. Maryland was very good back then.

    We live in interesting times…
    ~Jim

  7. godzilla111111 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:50 AM

    sssjim7 says:
    Nov 20, 2012 11:31 AM
    I’m not sure how the B1G will make more money, but I wish them luck! Maryland hasn’t been able to make any money for a while, but that seems to be because they aren’t doing a good job with their finances
    ————————————————————
    U of MD doesn’t need money-they just voted to let Mexican Invaders pay in-state tuition!
    They can always build another casino to fleece the downtrodden they profess to love so much.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:59 AM

    It’s all about the money! The Big 10(14) just replaced to MAC gimme games with two conference gimme games. Ho Humm!

  9. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 12:05 PM

    The BIG10 has performed a brilliant manuever here.

    By grabbing Rutgers, they tap into the NY/NJ market and get an up and coming program.

    By grabbing Maryland, they tap into the Baltimore/DC market, and more importantly kick over the first of many ACC dominos to fall.

    By destabilizing the ACC (who will lose at least 6 more teams), Notre Dame will now need to locate a new conference. They have been the prize the BIG10 is seeking in all this.

    The good news for the BIG10 is that even if ND lands somewhere else, they still will most likely land UVA and UNC. Having those two along with Rutgers and UMd will position the BIG10 as the top conference for years and years to come.

  10. ningenito78 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:07 PM

    Thefiesty1- you realize Rutgers has a stronger football program than more than half the teams in the Big 10 right?

  11. ningenito78 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:10 PM

    And unless you’re an OSU fan talking about ‘gimme games’ is a little ridiculous.

  12. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 12:11 PM

    “I’m not sure how the B1G will make more money, but I wish them luck! ”

    ==========================

    @sssjim7

    The BIG10’s revenue model is based on having the Big Ten Network (BTN). By getting UMd and Rutgers, they will end up with millions upon millions more subscribers. If each subscriber pays $1 per month for the BTN, well, you can see how much money will be generated.

    Adding those two was an excellent move. I applaud Delaney for his vision and leadership.

    The poor ACC is about to become extinct.

  13. jimbo75025 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:20 PM

    deadeye says:
    Nov 20, 2012 12:05 PM
    By destabilizing the ACC (who will lose at least 6 more teams), Notre Dame will now need to locate a new conference. They have been the prize the BIG10 is seeking in all this.
    ———–
    I see what you are saying, but there is somewhat a flaw in your logic. Big 10 stands at 14-I do not see them expanding beyond 16 in order to keep rivalry games the country pretty much demands (such as OSU-Michigan). If they take on 2 more to “destabilize” the ACC, then the Big10 has a huge problem should ND decide to join. Somebody will get the boot (most likely one of the new joiners) at which point somebody gets egg on their face for being a “pawn”.

  14. tubaplayingprof says: Nov 20, 2012 1:14 PM

    If Rutgers can keep more Jersey kids at home instead of losing them to other Big10 schools (as it is the case now), it will quickly be equal to the top schools.

    As a college football fan and (SEC alum) I look forward sincerely to Rutgers, Maryland, and Penn State developing into rivals. (PSU vs RU or vs Maryland over thanksgiving weekend? Better than PSU vs Michigan State.)

  15. normtide says: Nov 20, 2012 1:31 PM

    I agree that this also serves as a stab at ND. The b1g is showing that it is moving on, and hurting the stability of the acc, nd’s “partner”. If super conferences form, ND may be forced to join one. The b1g may have a grudge against the Irish and see this as trying to force their hand, even if its making then join another league.

    Or, maybe that’s all speculation, hell, idk.

  16. foreverlsu says: Nov 20, 2012 1:34 PM

    Good bye, B1G 10, you used to be an elite conference. Rutgers and Maryland? Really?

  17. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 1:45 PM

    “Or, maybe that’s all speculation, hell, idk.”

    ========================

    @normtide

    No sir, it is really happening. Just yesterday coach K said on Sirius something to the effect of “We need to get everyone is a room and figure out who’s staying and who’s going.”

    Taking place as we speak is a mass exodus of ACC football schools, and a mass entrance of former Big East basketball schools. The ACC is melting down.

  18. normtide says: Nov 20, 2012 1:49 PM

    Deadeye- say what you want about the b1g, they are forward thinking. I say part of their thinking was messing up nd’s new home

  19. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 1:50 PM

    ‘I see what you are saying, but there is somewhat a flaw in your logic. Big 10 stands at 14-I do not see them expanding beyond 16 in order to keep rivalry games the country pretty much demands (such as OSU-Michigan). If they take on 2 more to “destabilize” the ACC, then the Big10 has a huge problem should ND decide to join. Somebody will get the boot (most likely one of the new joiners) at which point somebody gets egg on their face for being a “pawn”.’

    =======================

    @jimbo75025

    You are absolutely correct that both the BIG10 and SEC are up against the limit of 16. Hard choices are going to be made soon by both conferences, and the wheels are spinning.

    Slive has stated that the SEC would not be limited to 16 if it was in the conference’s interest to expand beyond that number. I promise you Delaney is thinking the exact same thing.

    Would they prefer to stop at 16? Absolutely, but if the BIG10 gets UVA and UNC, there is no way they turn away ND. They will make room for the Irish any way possible, including expanding to 20 if need be.

  20. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    “Deadeye- say what you want about the b1g, they are forward thinking. I say part of their thinking was messing up nd’s new home”

    ====================

    I actually agree with you normtide, but would add that they did what they did was inevitable.

    At some point the SEC or BIG12 was going to do the exact same thing. The ACC was in a permanent revenue disadvantage and couldn’t hold off the poachers forever.

  21. hor2012 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:07 PM

    I think all of this is about the SEC. But, what the conferences don’t understand is that you need to go after quality and not quanity. To be honest I think the ACC is in big time trouble. Because FL State as all the makings of joining the SEC. The only question is who’s comming with them. Just a hunch. I would take a long, long, long look at what Texas does

  22. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 2:20 PM

    “To be honest I think the ACC is in big time trouble.”

    ======================

    @hor2012

    Allow me to expound upon your statement, which is right on the money by the way. This quote is from coach K:

    ‘Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, one of the most powerful men in college sports, says he believes the ACC might be in imminent danger. He told Sports Illustrated on Monday that his league is “vulnerable right now, I’m concerned about our conference.”

    Krzyzewski also said he believed there “could still be some movement in our conference.” The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights are expected to join the Big Ten in 2014. Which school might leave next?’

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8654194/college-football-conference-expansion-likely-end-maryland-big-ten

  23. charles130 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    I’m happy for Rutgers but this will be a huge disappointment for the Big Ten.

    Soon Delaney will realize he only got about 2/5 of the DC Market (the Virginia side could care less about Maryland) and unless Rutgers is very successful in the Big Ten, people in NJ will still be watching teams like Alabama, Oregon, and Notre Dame. The revenue projections are completely absurd, as industry execs continue to point out and he faces a huge uphill battle in the next round of negotiations (see DirecTv vs Pac 12 Network) due to more and more cable subscribers deciding they don’t need to pay for tv and putting downward pressure on rights fees.

  24. jimbo75025 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    deadeye says:
    Nov 20, 2012 1:50 PM
    Would they prefer to stop at 16? Absolutely, but if the BIG10 gets UVA and UNC, there is no way they turn away ND. They will make room for the Irish any way possible, including expanding to 20 if need be.
    ————–
    @deadeye
    You are correct in that the Big10 would never turn away ND, but i just do not see 20 happening-for any number of reasons. Once you hit 16, the next “logical” stop is 24 with 4 divisions in order to preserve room for a few “cupcakes” and some cross-division rivalries. Then you have a 2 week-4 team “playoff” if you will for conference champion. This would work even better with 32 of course. Problem being, whatever the Big 10 does, then the SEC will do and vice versa. Eventually things get so watered down in terms of both competition and $$ split so many ways, you will start to see defections again.

  25. deadeye says: Nov 20, 2012 5:16 PM

    @jimbo75025

    I certainly agree with you that anything beyond 16 becomes very unweildy and I don’t want to see that happen.

    But I think 20 might be perceived as an ok number because you can still have four divisions of 5 teams. That allows you to play 4 in-division games every season. Then you play 5 out-of-division games splitting them on a one-two-two basis among the other three divisions. And within a three stretch every team plays every other team at least once.

    However, I join you in hoping that cooler heads prevail and no one goes beyond 16. And if that is the way it goes down, BIG10 will not get UVA, UNC, and ND as you point out. I think there is a slim chance UNC goes to the SEC.

  26. joerymi says: Nov 20, 2012 7:53 PM

    Cash grabs coming from people that pretend these are amateur athletics? Shocked.

    Big Ten Network is a winner. Rutgers and Maryland are winners with this deal, financially. On the football field, they have relegated themselves the new Indiana.

    Everyone else loses.

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