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LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMPER 6: The Nebraska Cornhuskers play the McNeese State Cowboys  at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated McNeese State 31-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Nebraska, Buffalo set future gridiron date

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Nebraska announced Tuesday the Cornhuskers will play host to Buffalo in five years.

The visit from the Bulls on Sept. 11, 2021, completes the Nebraska nonconference schedule.

The Cornhuskers will play Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 4, and Nebraska will travel to old rival Oklahoma on Sept. 18.

Buffalo, which is no stranger to big-name non-conference opponents, is coached by Lance Leipold, who worked at Nebraska from 2001-03 as a member of the recruiting staff.

“This is a great opportunity for our program to compete against a revered program like Nebraska,” Buffalo director of athletics Allen Greene said in a news release. “The experience and exposure gained by playing this game will be invaluable.”

His football program also announced future dates with Rutgers and Delaware State in 2018.

“Playing Big Ten programs like Nebraska and Rutgers is an exciting opportunity for our players and helps us gain valuable exposure as we are always looking to expand our recruiting footprint,” Leipold said in the release.

Big Ten reportedly set to cash in again

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman pose with the Big Ten mascots and Natioanls mascot Screech before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The other Big Ten sports broadcast rights shoe is reportedly ready to drop, and it is full of cash for the oldest major conference.

Sports Business Daily reported Monday morning ESPN has agreed to pay $190 million per year for six years to continue broadcasting Big Ten football and basketball games.

Of course that figure gets more impressive when we recall it is for only roughly half of the conference’s games. The other half already went to Fox Sports for a reported $240 million per year, and CBS is expected to retain some basketball games for $10 million per year.

Then of course there are still the rights owned by the Big Ten Network.

How does it all add up?

SBJ offers some perspective:

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

Also of note: Fox managed to secure the first choice of which weeks it will get first choice of games, meaning the network could pluck away the storied Ohio State-Michigan game that traditionally takes place in late November as the season finale.

That game has been fixture on ESPN/ABC for decades.

Previously, ESPN generally had first pick of games with the Big Ten Network taking what was left.

Dismissed FB Razohnn Gross gets second chance at Rutgers — on wrestling team

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  The Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot performs during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Shortly before the start of the 2015 season, Rutgers announced that five football players, arrested a couple of days earlier in connection to an assault, had been dismissed from the football program.  Nine months later, one of those five have returned to RU athletics, albeit in an entirely different sport.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Razohnn Gross is now a member of the Scarlet Knights wrestling team.  Gross won’t be on scholarship, though, coming to the grappling squad initially as a walk-on heavyweight.

It’s unclear if wrestling coach Scott Goodale spoke to his former counterpart with the football program, Kyle Flood.

“We’ve done our background with him and we’ve talked to all the right people, all the important people inside the university,” Goodale told the Park Press.

“We feel good about it. He’s been in our room working really, really hard. Nothing is guaranteed. He’ll have an opportunity to make our team. That’s as far as we’ll go for now.”

The arrests of Gross and the others early last September was the result of what had been an ongoing investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Brunswick Police Department. The investigation initially kicked off in the spring following a reported home invasion in New Brunswick. Per reports, three men wearing masks forced their way into the home and left with an undisclosed amount of cash and marijuana as five students were held at gunpoint.

That was followed by the five football players allegedly attacking a group of individuals that left one of them, a student, with a broken jaw.  That attack, reportedly (ahem) unprovoked, was directly connected to the incident mentioned above.

The Park Press writes that Gross was “accepted into a pretrial intervention probationary program last month” and, if he “stays out of trouble for the necessary time, his record will be cleared.”

Rutgers ‘secret order’ fires at Jim Harbaugh, Harbaugh fires back

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan has set up camp in New Jersey, essentially turning Paramus Catholic into its own farm school. The alma mater of Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary (along with a number of future Wolverines, no doubt) invited Harbaugh to speak at its graduation ceremony, will play at Michigan Stadium ahead of the maize and blue’s season opener this September, and hosted Jim Harbaugh and company at a satellite camp on Wednesday.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Michigan’s flag-planting in New Jersey sparked a secret society at Rutgers to ask him to leave in a less-than-kind manner.

Read the letter again and note the first capitalized letter of each line.

Apprised of the day’s events, Harbaugh fired off his own response Wednesday evening.

Rutgers’s football program had its own response to Harbaugh’s encroachment. Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash scheduled his own satellite camp and invited Urban Meyer and his Buckeyes to join — which Harbaugh said he was fine with.

“I was all for it,” Harbaugh told MLive. “All for it. Whatever’s best for the youngsters. The more opportunity for them the better. That’s my feeling on it.

“It really wasn’t competition at all. As coaches, there’s no competing going on. It’s just coaching the players. That’s all it is. Whatever’s best for (the players), I think is great.”

Michigan and Rutgers square off in Piscataway on Oct. 8.

Ex-TCU QB Zach Allen announces transfer to Rutgers

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Over the weekend, Zach Allen took a visit to Piscataway.  A couple of days later, the erstwhile TCU quarterback/wide receiver has decided to continue his collegiate career in the New Jersey city’s Big Ten school.

On Twitter Wednesday afternoon, Allen announced that he will be enrolling at Rutgers and playing his football for the Scarlet Knights.  As a graduate transfer, Allen will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

As an added bonus for both the player and the program, Allen will have a second remaining season of eligibility at his disposal in 2017.

Allen began his career at TCU as a quarterback, but was moved to receiver last year. A desire to spend his remaining years of eligibility as a quarterback triggered a decision to move on from the Horned Frogs.

A three-star 2013 signee, Allen was rated as the No. 30 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com. He completed both of his career pass attempts for a total of 17 yards, with both throws coming in a 2014 game against Texas Tech.

Last season, Allen caught one pass for eight yards. While he played in 13 games in 2015, most of that action came as the holder on field goals and extra points.