GEICO SportsNite: Kyle Flood getting ready

Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood discusses gearing up for his team’s first season in the Big 10 after moving from the AAC.

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‘Rutgers Day’ on Big Ten Network August 1st

Big Ten Network is adding new on-air talent, including former Rutgers players, to its lineup as game and studio analysts to mark the school’s entry into the Big Ten, the network announced Wednesday.

One of the new football studio analysts is former defensive lineman Eric LeGrand.

To welcome Rutgers to the network, August 1 has been set aside for a full day of Rutgers content. BTN will show classic games in Rutgers football and basketball history, as well as interviews with AD Julie Hermann and multiple current coaches. The programming will begin at 10 a.m..

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Rutgers picked up a big commit on Friday– for 2016.  Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, Pa.) lineman Ted Field Jr. offered an early commitment>>> Read more in the Star-Ledger. 


Rutgers did add a 2015 recruit in defensive back Jarius Adams of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. >>> Read more at onthebanks.com.


Rutgers’ home opener against Howard on Sept. 6 will be at noon on the Big Ten Network.

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Flood: Nova is the quarterback

As spring practice comes to an end, head coach Kyle Flood made it clear Gary Nova is the best option for starting quarterback — an opinion offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen is definitely on board with (NJ.com, July 18).

After coming out of retirement to accept the Rutgers OC position in January, Friedgen told the Big Ten Network he believed Nova was the one for the job.

“Gary Nova, to me, is the quarterback,” Friedgen said. “He had a tough year last year. He lost his position. I think he threw 10 interceptions in three games. I didn’t see that this spring. I thought he had a good spring and has a chance to be a good quarterback. He has a good arm; he doesn’t have a great arm. He has very good vision. It has been my experience that when quarterbacks can see things, then they have a chance to be pretty good.”

What Rutgers needs? A fast start in B1G

Rutgers is heading into the Big Ten with a streak of eight  bowl appearances in nine season and plenty of enthusiasm for the new league.

What could really help though is a quick start on the field. The best way to build legitimacy in the new league is to win some games (Daily Record, July 5th).   

“All too often in programs that are trying to get some place (where) people will take the attitude of, ‘If you have success then we will give you what you need,’ ” said Mason, a Big Ten Network analyst to the Daily Record’s Ryan Dunleavy. “It’s like telling the farmer, ‘Grow us the crops and we’ll give you the fertilizer.’ You have to make believers out of people. When you start talking about recruiting 17-or 18 year-old kids, the future for them is tomorrow. It’s a lot easier when you’ve had success to attract quality players. When you have a program that isn’t successful, that’s a hard sell.”


Rutgers is picked to finish last in its division by many of the college football preview magazines making the first season an important selling point for the program.  There is one mold for Rutgers in the Big Ten in Wisconsin.


 

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Rutgers is looking to solidify its rivalries in the B1G. The Scarlet Knights are possibly setting up a trophy game with Maryland and have already stoked the fires with Penn State. >>>> Read more at NJ.com. 


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Rutgers officially becomes Big Ten school

Rutgers University is officially a Big Ten school.

RU and University of Maryland both joined the athletic conference on Tuesday.

The Rutgers football team begins its first season as a Big Ten program on August 28 at Washington State. The Scarlet Knights will make their debut in Big Ten action at home against Penn State on September 13. The conference’s two newest members will meet on November 29 at Maryland in the final week of the regular season.

The 2014 football season will feature new division alignments, with Maryland and Rutgers joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the East Division. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin will play in the West Division. A representative from each division will play in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship.