Brace Yourselves: Rutgers is Coming

By DJ Byrnes on February 5, 2014 at 11:27a
The Rutgers Scarlet Knight

Rutgers has reached a tentative agreement with the American Athletic Conference (the artist formerly known as the Big East) that will allow Rutgers to exit the conference and join the Big Ten on July 1st.

The agreement should end a messy legal battle surrounding Rutgers' exit from the AAC:

Rutgers, in a lawsuit initially filed at Middlesex County Superior Court within minutes of signing an agreement to join the Big Ten on Nov. 20, 2012, claimed it should not be obligated to pay a $10 million exit fee since other schools agreed to lesser amounts in escaping the league in recent years. The university also sought to recover millions it claimed the Big East owes in withdrawal fees and financial damages.

Rutgers is set to join the Big Ten's new "East" division with fellow members Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Penn State and fellow new-member Maryland.


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703Buckeye's picture

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

phxbuck's picture

Oh man, I can't wait for Rutgers to help the Big Ten be more competitive is sports. 

GoBucksOSU's picture

You forgot the sarcasm font.

Unky Buck's picture

"Good sarcasm doesn't need italics" - Earle

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

MordenoftheSith's picture

The Debate Team counts, right?

If you only knew the POWER of the Dark Side.

Deadly Nuts's picture

That guy clapping has to be Jim Delany.


Unky Buck's picture

I read the description before the title and had my hopes up that they were opting to leave the B1G. My hopes have now been trampled on...

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

USMC11917's picture

Brace yourselves; Rutgers is coming.

Rutgers coming (to the B1G) like a Eunuch.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Is Rutgers good at anything? Lacrosse maybe?

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Terpnation's picture

Nope, they haven't won a national championship in any sport. They might be decent at lax but certainly no powerhouse

JKH1232's picture

Well, in all fairness, the NCAA just doesn't recognize their 1869 championship in football.

+1 HS
MarkC's picture


Hovenaut's picture

And there was much rejoicing from the crowd...

sharks's picture

Welcome, eastern doormat. All your recruits are belong to us.

A man got to have a code...

TMac's picture

They can't Basketball either......
"The Scarlet Knights fell behind early, as the (Memphis) Tigers went on a 22-3 run to start the game." Losing 101-69

ONE Not Done!

d1145fresh's picture

Jim Delany right now.

tennbuckeye19's picture

This is what happened at the 'Welcome to the Big Ten' party for Rutgers...

JOhio1560's picture

I'd like to know the story behind that GIF.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

740Bucks's picture

move along... nothing to see here 

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

Jack_Q_Football's picture

Kyle Flood is not head coach material. They need to upgrade.

-1 HS
Furious George 27's picture

Greg Schiano is available......

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

MarkC's picture

Kyle Flood is obviously not the answer. But if they can find some coaching arrangement with Ralph Friedgen calling the offense and Greg Schiano running the defense, Rutgers may actually be on to something for the first time. Not necessarily co-head coaches, but regardless of which one is the head coach making ~$1.5M and which one is the coordinator making ~$1.2M there has to be a way to get this done. Championship programs find creative ways to have talented, successful coaches on both sides of the ball.

DannyBeane's picture

With luck, we can maybe prod them into having a rivalry with Ped State so they can quit thinking they have a rivalry with us.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Bolt's picture

Classic. One of the hard hitting episodes of Saved By the Bell. 

Jack Fu's picture

Anyone listen to April Richardson's Saved by the Bell podcast 'Go Bayside'? It's pretty funny. Jimmy Pardo was the guest when they talked about the 'I'm so excited' episode. Best one, unsurprisingly, was with Paul F. Tompkins. He had never seen the show before, and he had a very real, very strong, very negative reaction to it. It's hilarious.

Buckeyeneer's picture

It's always this episode and the Fresh Prince episode where Carlton takes Will 's "speed" that I think of when I think of the "very special" episodes from the 90's.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

FROMTHE18's picture

I hope this helps much talent in NJ and the surrounding Atlantic area that goes elsewhere, if they could just figure out how to sell those kids on choosing RU, then it could be a very competitive program. 

WildMan Leather and Lace's picture

Who cares about tradition, local rivalries and geographical culture?  Also, who cares about competent football programs when we already have the TV market (e.g. Pitt & WVU)?  Corporate investors have increased profit margins to worry about.  They need those east coast $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

-1 HS
mtrotb's picture

All the best players in Jersey will want to play in Columbus.


PA Buckeye's picture

Wait until you get a load of their cheerleaders. The last time I saw Rutgers play at Pitt, I went *hoping* that the New Jersey stereotypes weren't true...

Hell with the lid off

sharks's picture

This is like that 'why do Italian men all have mustaches?' joke...

A man got to have a code...

JOhio1560's picture

I have not heard good things about Rutgers and their athletic department.  One of my relatives has a friend, whose son accepted a scholarship to play football at Rutgers.  He only stayed for a few months.  The environment around the football program and the behavior of the players and coaches was so bad, that the young man quit and returned to central Ohio.  Not sure where he is now.  But I'm sure he's glad to be out of the "toxin environment" that is Rutgers.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

bigbadbuck's picture

It's they who better get ready

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

vitaminB's picture

Is the Knight's armor made of Dixie Cups?  That dude can party.

BierStube's picture

Red Solo Cups!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

+1 HS
toad1204's picture

Alright, prepared to be... Underwhelmed. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

bukyze's picture

Shouldn't Sammy be getting a poster ready for this?

MN Buckeye's picture

Great, just great

hansman's picture

Are they bringing their one recruit they hung onto with them?

Geraffi's picture

Meh. I grew up in Columbus but moved to NJ when I entered HS. No one that I knew was a Rutgers fan. Most were Penn State, Syracuse, or Notre Dame fans, if anything because the NY/NJ area is more of a Pro sports region (Yanks/Mets, Giants/Jets, Knicks/Nets, Devils Rangers).  Rutgers is a total afterthought (unless you or a family member attended). 
I currently live in Lancaster PA, and the only reason I am looking forward to Rutgers and Maryland Joining the B1G is because I'll be able to take my kids to Buckeye games more often!  Otherwise, I don't like the addition. 
Go Bucks!

GOOMBAY's picture

I look forward to a traditional scarlet-themed trophy game where the scarlet and gray's record is approximately [infinity]-0.

Knarcisi's picture

Great, another mediocre B10 program.

wilkins0802's picture

Truth & Courage, 1-17IN, 5/2 SBCT