Rutgers Football Goes Big-Time [AUDIO/VIDEO]
Rutgers athletics will become part of the Big Ten for the 2014 season, as the Scarlet Knights leave the Big East behind.
Rutgers President Robert Barchi says the Big Ten is where Rutgers belongs.
Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said, “We needed to move quickly on this. But we were ready to do that. We had all the key people involved and informed.”
Townsquare Sports Director Kevin Williams says for the past few years many schools have been shifting conferences. He says some people believed that poor Rutgers would be left behind. Williams says he believes “that Rutgers will emerge the biggest winner in all the change you have seen in college football and college sports you have seen in the past two years.”
One of the biggest gains will be in TV money. A lot more for Rutgers as part of the Big Ten.
Rutgers will negotiate a deal with the Big East to leave early.
“Although we are disappointed that Rutgers has decided to leave the Big East Conference, we wish them well,” Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “They have been a valued member of the Conference for many years.”
The move follows Maryland’s announcement Monday that it was joining the Big Ten in 2014.