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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23:  General view as CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch to Adam Rosales #9 of the Texas Rangers in the second inning on May 23, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Reports say Rutgers to face Maryland at Yankee Stadium in 2017


The goal of adding Rutgers to the Big Ten was to extend the conference’s brand into New York. So it would be nice to have the Big Ten’s “New York team” actually play in New York every so often.

On that front, Rutgers has lined up a game with Maryland at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 4, 2017, according to multiple reports.

Dan Duggan of reported former Knights AD Julie Hermann originally agreed to move a game to the House That Jeter Built for the 2017 season.

“There were discussions by the previous administration with the Yankees and an agreement in principle was reached,” Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs told the site on Friday. “I’m reviewing those terms and we’ll announce our intention in due course.”

Rutgers brass appeared at a Yankees game on Tuesday to promote the budding relationship between the two entities.

“(The Yankees) want to work more closely with us,” Hobbs told Tuesday. “We want to look at maybe bringing a game here and announcing that sometime down the road. I guess the Yankees see Rutgers is starting to move forward and is a good story so they want to be part of it, too.”

Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash threw out the first pitch before the pinstripers’ game earlier this week.

“They kind of explained the configuration of the stadium for a football game and it looked like it would be a really neat set-up,” Ash said. “It looks like from the suite anyway, if you were in cold weather in the fall or in December, that would be a pretty good place to watch a game.”

Yankee Stadium hosted a Notre Dame-Army game in 2010, and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (with which the Big Ten is affiliated) has been a post-Christmas bowl week staple since that same season.

Hobbs said a game at Yankee Stadium will help toward the Rutgers-Yankees relationship he’s been hoping to build, which makes perfect sense when you’re Rutgers and they’re the Yankees.

“There are a tremendous amount of Rutgers alums who work here in the city, so it’s really important,” Hobbs said. “It’s important for our relationship if we can be with an iconic organization like the Yankees. They have a lot of the history that we would like to start building at Rutgers.”

DB Davon Jacobs decides to transfer from Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 01: Davon Jacobs #29 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights tackles Jordan Fredrick #9 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the second quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Another day, another player who’s decided to move on from his college football starting point.

Citing a person familiar with the situation, is reporting that senior defensive back Davon Jacobs has decided to transfer out of first-year head coach Chris Ash’s football program.  The fact that Jacobs had fallen behind on the safety depth chart this spring is being pointed at as the reason for moving on.

Jacobs is entering his fifth-year season, but he has yet to graduate.  So, if he wants to finish his career at the FBS level, he’d need to graduate this summer.  If not, he could drop down to the FCS level and be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

Last season, Jacobs started the first three games before being sidelined with a concussion.  He came back to start one more game before being reinjured and missing the remainder of the season.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2012, Jacobs played in 25 games the next two seasons.  Included in that was a pair of starts, one each in 2013 and 2014.

Rutgers caught copying Michigan’s social media strategy

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Some say imitation is the cheapest form of flattery. Others simply call it plagiarism. New Rutgers head coach Chris Ash and the Rutgers staff got called out for taking a page out of the Michigan recruiting playbook and executing it a little too closely.

A year ago, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh shared a birthday greeting to recruit Lavert Hill. Someone in the Michigan graphic arts department caught a glimpse of what Rutgers was planning to do, and it looked strikingly similar. Perhaps it was too similar to be a complete coincidence.

Yep, that looks like a direct copy and paste of a social networking strategy. Now, it should be said ideas and social media concepts are copied all the time in sports, and it is all about establishing a connection with recruits and players. If it worked for Michigan, others will surely see that and look to emulate the success where it can. This is juts how this stuff works.

Of course, given how Rutgers is trying to play up a “Jersey Strong” campaign, it should be no surprise those at Rutgers are lacking for original ideas.

Rutgers adds future date with Buffalo

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05: The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides celebrating a touchdown against the Norfolk State Spartans during the first half of a game at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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At the turn of this century, Rutgers and Buffalo had never played on the gridiron despite being two members of the rare club of FBS programs in the Northeast. The Scarlet Knights and Bulls met six times in the eight years from 2000-07 then, like high school friends that took jobs on opposite sides of the country, grew apart. They haven’t played since.

And, like a high school reunion, the two are set to reunite on a one-night-only basis.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Rutgers and Buffalo will meet in Piscataway on Sept. 22, 2018. The Bulls will be paid $900,000 for the pleasure.

The paper notes that the agreement was reached nearly a full years ago and signed on Rutgers’s end by then-athletics director Julie Hermann, but not signed by Buffalo until last month by new AD Allen Green.

Rutgers will visit Kansas in non-conference play the week before hosting Buffalo; the Knights are still in search of an opener. Buffalo has non-conference games lined up with Temple and Army in addition to Rutgers, but also lacks an opening week game.

Rutgers holds a 5-1 all-time lead over Buffalo.

Rutgers hosting Ohio State and Temple for football camp down road from Harbaugh

The Rutgers mascot cheers with fans during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse at High Points Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Rutgers won 23-15. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Rutgers is striking a bit of an odd partnership for its football camp this summer, although it may just be a simple alliance forged by the relationship by new head coach Chris Ash and his former boss with the intent on uniting against a common foe.

On Monday, Rutgers announced it will hold a tri-state showcase on June 8. Joining Ash and the Rutgers staff for the camp event will be Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff. Matt Rhule and the Temple coaching staff will also be part of the event. Two notable schools not a part of this event? Michigan and Penn State.

It just so happens, perhaps not by coincidence, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff will be working a football camp roughly 30 miles away at Paramus Catholic High School, where Harbaugh gave a commencement speech recently and the high school home to Jabrill Peppers and Class of 2016 addition Rashan Gary. With Michigan coming off a dominant recruiting cycle in the state of New Jersey and setting up camp a half hour from Rutgers’ campus, Rutgers has little choice but to align itself with a program like Ohio State in this way.

Otherwise, Rutgers bringing Ohio State coaches to its campus for a showcase event seems like an unwise strategy destined to hurt Rutgers more than it could benefit. Of course, there are still plenty of benefits for Rutgers by adding Meyer and his staff to the event. It is also a nice way to counter Michigan on the camp trail.

And don’t think for one second Rutgers and Temple teaming up is not going completely unnoticed by Penn State. James Franklin has made a push to improve recruiting in New Jersey and in the Philadelphia region, so Rutgers and Temple getting a chance to team up with Ohio State is a nice perk as well.