Rutgers Heading to the Big Ten
This story originally published on ScarletReport.com

Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 19, 2012


Rutgers will be introduced as a Big Ten member Tuesday, sources said. Also, ScarletReport.com has information on when the Scarlet Knights will join the league.

Rutgers is leaving the Big East to move to the Big Ten, with sources saying the move will be announced Tuesday.

The decision comes on the heels of Maryland's Board of Regents voting Monday morning for that school to move from the ACC to the Big Ten, which approved the vote to accept Maryland.

ESPN.com reported Rutgers and Maryland will be in the Leaders Division with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti has the authority to changes conferences without a board of governors approval, Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi told reporters Monday.

The move for Rutgers will not be official until the Big Ten approves the application, which is a formality and is expected to be announced before a press conference introducing the Scarlet Knights as the 14th member of the league.

During his weekly press conference, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said he is deferring all questions to Pernetti.

Pernetti is not commenting on it.

"Those questions are best served being asked to Tim because he's the one that's involved in it," Flood said. "I'm going to stay out of it. We have 11 days left in our season. I think what I've said to the players is what I say to myself. We're going to control the things as a football program that we can control. And the only thing we can control this week is our performance against Pitt, so that's where we'll put our focus."

Maryland will join the league for the 2014-15 season, and Rutgers is expected to do the same.

Maryland is expected to try and negotiate down the $50 million buyout to leave the ACC.

Rutgers has a $10 million buyout if it waits 27 months to leave. West Virginia paid $20 million to leave early and play in the Big 12 this season.

With the excitement surrounding the program, Flood is trying to keep the focus on the field. Rutgers is 9-1, including 5-0 in the Big East, and can earn at least a share of its first league title in school history. The Scarlet Knights can earn a BCS bowl by beating the Panthers, and if Louisville loses to Connecticut.

Or, Rutgers can win the league title outright if it beats Louisville (9-1, 4-1 Big East) Nov. 29 in Piscataway, N.J.

"The Big Ten is still going to be there, but our ultimate goal won’t if we don’t focus on beating Pitt,” Rutgers senior receiver Mark Harrison said. “We’re maintaining all of our concentration on winning the Big East championship. I won’t be here for any conference stuff and neither will most of our guys. But we can all be a part of history right now and reach that ultimate goal." One of the top coaches in the state, Rob Hinson of Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.), said it will help Rutgers' image markedly.

"I think it’s great," Hinson said. "It will elevate the status of the programs, and it will prevent teams from negatively recruiting against Rutgers because of their conference affiliation.”

The news of Rutgers also resonates with New Jersey recruits, including class of 2014 standout receiver Saeed Blacknall of Manalapan High of Englishtown, N.J.

"I think it will be a very good look for them," said Blacknall, who holds offers from Rutgers and Boston College. "Anyone who doubted their talent will give RU an opportunity to make a statement about the program.”



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