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.
"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.