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20 Sep 1997:  Running back Quinton Lee of the Boston College Eagles  (left) moves the ball during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  Boston College won the game, 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport
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BC, Rutgers to renew Big East rivalry in future home-and-home

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Boston College’s departure from the ACC a decade ago brought an end to their “rivalry” with Rutgers. That regional series has been on hiatus since, but is set to be renewed. Eventually.

FBSchedules.com first reported that the two football programs have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series. Nj.com subsequently confirmed the initial report.

The Scarlet Knights will travel to Chestnut Hill On Sept. 12, 2026, with the Eagles headed to Piscataway Sept. 11 the following season.

The two teams played each other every year from 1981-2004. The last 14 matchups came when both were members of the Big East.

BC owns a 19-6-1 edge in a series that was first played in 1919. The Eagles own a 13-game unbeaten streak against the Scarlet Knights — there was a tie in 1994 — and a 10-game winning streak as well. RU’s last win came in 1991.

Pair of QBs leaving Rutgers as graduate transfers; third QB leaving too

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Chris Laviano #5 of Rutgers attempts a pass during the second quarter against Illinois on October 15, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Illinois defeated Rutgers 24-7. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Rutgers’ quarterback room will have a decidedly different look when the next season rolls around.

Earlier in the week, Hayden Rettig confirmed his desire to transfer from the Scarlet Knights.  Not long after, Chris Laviano (pictured) confirmed that he would be doing the same.

Both Rettig and Laviano will be leaving RU as graduates, meaning they can transfer to another FBS program and be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

Laviano had started 18 consecutive games until he was benched in October.  Rettig, a former LSU transfer, played in five games the past two seasons after redshirting his first season in Piscataway.

Giovanni Rescigno took over for Laviano around midseason this year and started the last five games of what turned out to be a 2-10 first season for head coach Chris Ash.  The Scarlet Knights lost all five of Rescigno’s starts, losing the first two by a combined eight points.  They lost the last three, though, by a total of 106 points and scored just 13 combined in the process.

The junior Rescigno will return in 2017, as will Zach Allen, a transfer from TCU.

In addition to Rettig and Laviano, Mike Dare has confirmed to nj.com that he too will be transferring.  Dare came to the Knights as a touted 2015 pro-style quarterback, but the coaching change from Kyle Flood to Ash proved too much for the in-state product to overcome.

“I had a sitdown with [offensive coordinator Drew] Mehringer and I really wanted to see what the plans were in the near future,” Dare told the website. “We were talking for a while, and we both knew that this offense didn’t suit me very well. I came to a pro-style offense, a coaching change happened, and I’m not mad at it.

Dare would be forced to sit out the 2017 season if he lands at another FBS program, leaving him with two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.

Rutgers, two former players, including recent ECU commit, named in sexual assault suit

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Rutgers Scarlet Knights helmets are lined up as the team warms up before the start of their game against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field on October 20, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by two former Rutgers football players has filed a lawsuit against both the individuals and the university, multiple media outlets have reported.

According to the complaint filed last week, the alleged victim claims that she was sexually assaulted by Marques Ford and John Bowers at an on-campus apartment on Nov. 14, 2015.  The two were Scarlet Knight football players at the time of the alleged assault.

The alleged victim claimed in the suit that she was too inebriated at the time to give consent.  She was dating one of the players at the time.

The university is accused in the lawsuit of creating a “sexually hostile” environment and being “deliberately indifferent” when made aware of the accusations.  The monetary damages she’s seeking weren’t detailed.

Earlier this year, Bowers transferred from RU.  Late last year, Ford had done the same.

Nearly two weeks ago, Ford, who spent the 2016 season at a junior college, announced that he had committed to East Carolina.  Ford was the highest-rated member of Rutgers’ 2015 recruiting class, the only four-star recruit signed by the Scarlet Knights that year.

Ex-Rutgers DE Marques Ford tweets he’s transferring to East Carolina

GREENVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05:  Head coach Skip Holtz of the East Carolina Pirates walks onto the field with his team before their game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Greenville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nearly a year after exiting the FBS level, Marques Ford is preparing for a return.

On his personal Twitter account this week, Ford announced that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at East Carolina. According to 247Sports.com, the defensive end had also drawn interest from Cal, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Texas A&M and West Virginia, although ECU as his only scholarship offer amongst those schools.

As Ford will be coming to the Pirates from a junior college, he’ll be eligible to play in 2017. He’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Ford was the highest-rated member of Rutgers’ 2015 recruiting class, the only four-star recruit signed by the Scarlet Knights that year. After not playing as a true freshman, Ford became the first player to transfer after the hiring of Chris Ash as head coach.

Big Ten announces 2017 Friday night schedule

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Much to the chagrin of many, the Big Ten is officially ahead with its controversial version of Friday Night Lights.

Earlier this month, the Big Ten confirmed that it was going against its longstanding tradition next season by playing games on Friday nights in the months of September and October.  Less than a week later, the conference has announced which six games will be played on the day usually reserved for high school football in the Midwest.

Half of the games will be non-conference matchups, the other half conference contests.

  • Fri., Sept. 1 Washington at Rutgers
  • Fri., Sept. 1 Utah State at Wisconsin
  • Fri., Sept. 8 Ohio at Purdue
  • Fri., Sept. 29 Nebraska at Illinois
  • Fri., Oct. 13 Northwestern at Maryland
  • Fri., Oct. 27 Michigan State at Northwestern

The league, as a direct result of its new television agreements that go into effect next season, will play six Friday night games per year for the next six years.  None of those games will be played in November.

Michigan, privately, and Penn State, publicly, will not be participating in FNL.  It’s unlikely either would’ve been asked to host such a game as the league is reportedly reluctant to schedule them in stadiums with a significant capacity.

The conference noted in today’s release that “[w]hile not all institutions are able to participate in Friday night matchups, all 14 institutions will participate in the broad initiative to provide more primetime exposure on national platforms.”

Given the scrutiny the decision has garnered, the league also went out of its way to ensure that they’re still thinking of the kids.

The Big Ten Conference appreciates the significance of high school football within the region and has worked to minimize the impact of this initiative by limiting the number of Friday night games. Overall, these games represent approximately six percent of Big Ten home games annually, and no institution will host more than one game in any given year. Friday night games will also be announced at least 10 months in advance to provide all parties adequate time to prepare.