Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says recent troubles for the athletic programs at Rutgers will not interfere with its entry into conference.

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Rutgers is on target to join the Big Ten in 2014, along with Maryland.

Rutgers has been navigating its way through a bevy of problems in recent months. Men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for cursing and throwing balls at players, and athletic director Tim Pernetti was forced out for not getting rid of Rice sooner.

Incoming athletic director Julie Hermann has faced allegations of being verbally abusive while leading Tennessee volleyball.

Delany called Rutgers' problems a local issue that will not involve the Big Ten.

Delany says: "You should rest assured that Rutgers will be a member of the Big Ten, on time, in place."

 

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RUTGERS ANNOUNCES 2015 BIG TEN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Maryland will play football games at Rutgers in 2015.

As part of the 2015 schedule, announced by the Big Ten Conference on Monday, the Scarlet Knights will play conference road games at Penn State, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Rutgers will have seven home games at High Point Solutions Stadium in 2015, including non-conference matchups against Norfolk State, Kansas and another opponent to be determined. Rutgers also has a non-conference road contest at Yankee Stadium vs. Army in 2015 (Nov. 21).

 

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