Eddie George Thinks Rutgers Will "Be a Surprise to Most Teams in the Big Ten"

By DJ Byrnes on June 27, 2014 at 11:26a

BTN had some sort of kickoff party last night in Manhattan, and because Eddie George is a Very Important Person, he was in attendance.

While an official Big Ten event might not be the best place to criticize the conference's earth-shakers, the former Heisman Trophy winner and current restaurateur/actor lavished Rutgers with praise.

From Dan Duggan of NJ.com:

"I think Rutgers is actually a great (fit) for it because they have that same mentality, being able to run the football, play-action and having great defense," George said. "They've put some great players in the NFL over the last 4-5 years."

George believes that Rutgers' style of play will have the team ready to compete immediately in its new conference.

"I think Rutgers will be a surprise to most teams in the Big Ten this year because of the quality of athletes that they have on the East Coast and their style of play," George said. "I think it's a perfect fit."

George went on to call conference expansion part of "the evolution of college football," and summoned the fictional father of fictional NASCAR great Ricky Bobby in saying, "If you're not expanding, you're contracting." 

Well, I guess it's settled, folks. If Eddie George thinks Rutgers is good for the B1G, then Rutgers is good for the B1G. Let's just hope the Scarlet Knights don't catch the Buckeyes by surprise, otherwise I'll be wearing a tasteful Rutgers tattoo for the rest of my life.


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BierStube's picture

If Eddie would have played Rutgers, we all would be referring to him as "Eddie 628".


Edit .. corrected played!!!

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otrain2416's picture

Watching them beat Bert last year was priceless 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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DJ Byrnes's picture


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AndyVance's picture

#Karma, right?

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BierStube's picture


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

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RBuck's picture

No Andy,this .gif above is karma.

Long live the southend.

Seabass1974's picture

I've never really understood this gif. I've seen people fall down before and you see it all the time but I've never seen anyone fall like this, until now. It is one of the weirdest falls. It's like he crumples under his own body weight or something. Is it possible to get a play by play dissection of this?

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BierStube's picture

I believe he was just trying to show his players how to deal with fast tempo offenses ... fall down and fake injury!

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The Butler's picture


I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.


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BuckeyeSki's picture

Multiple concussion side-effects

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I love Eddie, but I think that he confused "great fit" with "unmitigated disaster." It's a mistake anyone could make when speaking in front of a crowd.

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

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SteelBuckeye's picture

Call Eddie a cab.  He has had too much to drink.

MN Buckeye's picture

It is his job to be positive; whether he really believes it or not is another story.

Kurt's picture

I actually went to the event last night.  Had no idea what it would be and was shocked at how cool it was an who was in attendance - from Eddie George, to Jerry Lucas and Jimmy Jackson, Mike Rozier and Johnny Rodgers, Randy Edsall, Kyle Flood even Darrell Hazell and Brady Hoke (I introduced myself to Hazell, he was such a nice and actually took interest in talking for a bit and asking questions to my girlfriend and I) (we looking around for Brady in the crowd when my girlfriend astutely said, 'I bet his in the buffet line'...ZING!).

Finally I also got to meet Eddie George which was a bucket-list thing for me.

EDIT: It was also very cool to think about being at a Big Ten event in Midtown Manhattan a block away from Grand Central Terminal and that a similar event will be happening in Washington, DC.  Regardless of the current state of Rutgers and Maryland athletics, planting the B1G flag (pun!) in these cities is huge for the conference in looking forward to the coming decades.  Congratulations to the SEC for gaining College Station, Tx. and Columbia, Mo. and the associated cities of Dallas, Houston and St. Louis.  I'm very happy taking the schools with proximity to NYC and DC.

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703Buckeye's picture

I'm very excited to be at the events Maryland is holding this coming Monday. They staff email said there were going to be a bunch of reps from all B1G schools and Jim Delaney; I hope I can talk with at least one of them. 

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brandonbauer87's picture

I know Eddie usually enunciates well, but is it possible he said "great hit"? Seems more fitting. 

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Eph97's picture

I think Rutgers has the potential to be a very good to even elite program in the next 10 years. All depends on getting the right coach. Miami, FL was a nobody until starting in 1980 when Schellenberger built them up. Rutgers has the entire East coast to mine and now it is finally part of a good conference playing historical giants.


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Riggins's picture

If Rutgers can get some of that home grown talent to stay home, there is absolutely zero reason they couldn't be playing at a Wisconsin-esque level within the next decade (providing they get the right coach).

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buckifishr's picture

If by right coach, you mean Bert, he will be available after another winless campaign in the $EC

M Man's picture

Yeah, because as Michigan and Ohio State fans all know, we'd much rather spend a Saturday in our overpriced, licensed seats watching our respective teams play Rutgers, as opposed to Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska or even Northwestern.  Great.

I feel like we just added another crappy out of conference game.  Rutgers, Maryland, Rinse, Repeat.

swainpm's picture

I can see how people question the moves for sure, however Rutgers has been a decent team over the last 10 years. If they got another Schiamo in there, who knows, they could be a good mid tier BIG 10 squad. Having the BIG moniker can only help recruiting. It will be a tough BIG east division to move uphill in though.

Poison nuts's picture

They may end getting the Schiano back in there...

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