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Ohio State AD: ‘Rutgers will bring a lot to the table’

Gene Smith

As the wheels of conference realignment spun, a league’s “footprint” became more important than athletic success. A school’s market was more valuable than what it could bring to the field of play.

The Big Ten Conference’s inclusion of Rutgers may have been the most obvious case of a “Big 5” conference looking more at a school’s location than how it will improve the league’s level of play.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, however, believes Rutgers is a major asset to the Big Ten.

“There’s some long-term historic rivalries, like ours with that team up north, and then there’s those that emerge,” Smith told’s Dan Duggan. “I think the Rutgers-Penn State one will probably elevate itself over time and it will be one of those contests that everybody will look forward to all the time. I think Rutgers will bring a lot to the table.”

Smith cited the school’s previous success on the gridiron under former head coach Greg Schiano and the money the school pumped into the program during that era. The Scarlet Knights were 56-33 with six bowl appearances during Schiano’s seven seasons.

Under the supervision of Kyle Flood, the Scarlet Knights have remained competitive. They were 9-4 in 2012 but stumbled to 6-7 last season.

Despite these middling results against lesser competition, Rutgers remained attractive to the Big Ten Conference. Smith admitted the school’s location in New Jersey, as part of the New York City market, still remains a factor in Rutgers’ inclusion to the league.

“The East Coast, obviously from a market point of view, is huge for us,” Smith. “We have to have a presence on the East Coast and Penn State needed some partners on the East Coast. Rutgers does that.”

Even when another athletic director within the Big Ten Conference defends the inclusion of Rutgers from an academic and athletic standpoint, the school’s location still remains the No. 1 reason they were invited. After all, the Scarlets Knights are expected to finish last in the Big Ten’s eastern division.

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21 Responses to “Ohio State AD: ‘Rutgers will bring a lot to the table’”
  1. mrterpnc says: Jul 26, 2014 3:31 PM

    Rutgers fans get ready. All the haters will be here with their insults any minute now. Good luck in both our teams inaugural season in the B1G, I think we both will need it.

  2. deadeye says: Jul 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    “Rutgers will bring a lot to the table”


    Maybe in 25 years or so…

  3. mauldawg says: Jul 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    Have heard of Coach speak,now we have a new one. Its called “AD Speak”. Rutgers will be the Big 10 whipping boy.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jul 26, 2014 3:44 PM

    Easy win for most of the B1G. Especially PS, tOSU, Nebraska, Mich., MSU & Wisconsin. If that’s what they wanted they should have included Toledo and other MAC schools in their expansion. Oh wait they are already playing those teams on a regular basis.

  5. rutgersjetsyanks6 says: Jul 26, 2014 4:32 PM

    I am a Rutgers fan, but the only Big 10 games I can see us possibly winning are against Indiana, Maryland, and Penn Dtate (I think try will have a down year). Players to watch are #3, 72, and 91.

  6. canetic says: Jul 26, 2014 4:37 PM

    Rutgers will bring guaranteed victories for all!!

  7. drummerhoff says: Jul 26, 2014 4:43 PM

    New Jersey athletes bring a lot to the B1G table.

    Some of the best get recruited to the SEC. Maybe now these tough Jersey kids will stay in the B1G footprint.

  8. tigersfandan says: Jul 26, 2014 4:49 PM

    If Rutgers is really bad this season and Kyle Flood is canned and replaced by Greg Schiano, the Scarlet Knights could be pretty good in a few years. It’s only a hypothetical situation, but I would argue that it’s reasonably possible.

  9. charles130 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:28 PM

    Rutgers brings NY/NJ about like San Jose State brings California.

  10. ducksk says: Jul 26, 2014 10:18 PM

    The Big joke.,gene, you are an idiot.

  11. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 11:17 PM

    Lol and what exactly do they bring other than a guaranteed spot on your horrible schedule and an easy win to go with your other 11 easy wins every year. Then you have to play good teams and you get crushed.

  12. eidolon21 says: Jul 27, 2014 7:53 AM

    OSU protects sexual perverts by covering up their crimes No parent should allow their children to go there, for football or any other reason.

  13. watchfullhose says: Jul 27, 2014 9:21 AM

    Eidon – what are you TALKING about?

  14. eidolon21 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:39 AM

    Read the story on OSU Band sexual abuse and perversions. OSU didn’t report it Parents had to file complaints. What else isn’t OSU reporting unless they have to??? Pretty close to the Athletic Department …They had to know.

  15. watchfullhose says: Jul 27, 2014 10:45 AM

    Are you serious? The BAND had sexual misconduct and harassment issues with/by STUDENTS and the UNIVERSITY fired the director (of THE BAND – who reportedly “allowed” it to happen) and that’s “pretty close to the athletic department.” You’re dumber than I thought.

  16. eidolon21 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    but you are as naive as I thought…or just another see no evil OSU shill There is more to this story but you don’t want to admit it.

  17. watchfullhose says: Jul 27, 2014 2:40 PM

    You’re clearly blinded by your hatred for big bad ohio state. Get over it, Sally.

  18. lakeview311 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:45 PM

    Rutgers will bring a lot to the table only when the governor of New Jersey visits. They’re a joke of an athletic and academic school.

  19. ningenito78 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:20 PM

    You are a total moron. They are a top notch academic institution.

  20. guinsrule says: Jul 27, 2014 3:39 PM

    Rutgers didn’t help the Big East much.

  21. orthomarine says: Jul 28, 2014 8:09 AM

    I love the irony of this article and the one following it…..

    I know very little about OSU’s AD, but I at least applaud him for not trying to call either school a football power house who brings strength of schedule…..

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