Maryland and Rutgers will bring along a lot of familiar faces when they enter the Big Ten this fall.
Rutgers has not handed out No. 52 since Eric LeGrand last wore it — the day he was injured during a game and left paralyzed.
Rutgers’ recent troubles will not interfere with its entry into the Big Ten, conference Commissioner Jim Delany says.
Rutgers University’s president, a neuroscientist, was brought in last year to turn the school into a medical sciences powerhouse, but he has quickly become a target of criticism from some lawmakers who question his ability to lead the university amid a series of embarrassments in the high-profile athletic department.
The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.
The Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
Building a college basketball program in a high-major conference requires time. It requires patience — especially if the school hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991.
Rutgers is joining the Big Ten, leaving the Big East behind and cashing in on the school’s investment in a football program that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.
On the surface I don’t like it, Rutgers? Maryland? These are clearly not Big Ten Schools — they don’t fit the template.
The announcement of Maryland and Rutgers joining the Big 10 conference makes no sense but plenty of cents.