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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.
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.”
Rutgers’ first foray into the B1G schedule is a popular hit at the box office.
Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State are coming to Piscataway and the average ticket price on the secondary market is $94. That is ranked No. 22 in all of college football.
Read more at mycentralnewjersey.com.
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.
With the B1G move, Rutgers is also looking for a new mascot. >>>> NJ.com.
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.
Rutgers picked up three commitments in the span of 24 hours from Friday to Saturday getting commits from Deonte Roberts, Job Bateky and Willington Previlon.
Read more at onthebanks.com.
Roberts was the first and is a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker out of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn.
Poolesville High (Md.) DE Jon Bateky pledged to the Scarlet Knights also on Saturday. Bateky had offers from West Virginia, Boston College and Virginia Tech and is a 6-4, 250-pound athlete.
The last commit was Orange, New Jersey DL Willington Previlon, a 6-5, 230-pound athlete.
Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:
Shaq is headed to Rutgers.
No, not that Shaq.
Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound center from Holland and the Canarias Basketball Academy, committed to Rutgers, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.
Doorson previously committed to Pittsburgh in November.
“He’s 6-foot 11, 265 pounds, he’s a big human being,” CBA coach Rob Orellana told SNY.tv then. “He’s only been playing for two and a half years. He’s an unbelievable runner North and South. He has great hands. He’s a hard-worker. He just doesn’t know the game right now, he doesn’t understand the physicality of the game right now. He doesn’t understand the concepts right now. It’s going to take time.
“He has an unbelievably huge body. For a kid his age, he’s chiseled.”
Rutgers and Maryland’s addition to the B1g are for a lot of reasons. The No. 1 reason? Demographics.
The population centers of B1G schools is moving South and West and commissioner Jim Delaney had to expand the territory out of the Rust Belt writes Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel:
“It has been 19 months since the nation’s oldest conference stunned both its fans and the industry by extending invites to football afterthoughts Maryland and Rutgers. As their July 1 arrival draws near, Big Ten commissioner and South Orange, N.J., native Jim Delany has been building bridges to the East. In May he held press conferences on consecutive days in New York City and Washington, first to trumpet a new basketball series with the Big East starting in 2015, then to announce that the conference tournament — always held in Indianapolis or Chicago — will relocate to D.C. in 2017. The Chicago-based conference has opened a second office in Manhattan. “We’re a two-region conference now,” he says. “We’re not going to visit the East. We’re going to live in the East.”
Read More in Sports Illustrated.
SNY’s Chris Carlin interviews Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood about The Golf Classic, entering the Big Ten, and preparing for the season >>