Rutgers Players Shrug Off Big Ten Talk

By Matt Sugam

PISCATAWAY – As Rutgers was on their flight home from Cincinnati Saturday, news started to break that the school would be heading to the Big Ten. So when the players reconvened for practice yesterday, head coach Kyle Flood addressed his team on the issue.

The first-year head coach gave a simple message. Don’t let it be a distraction.

“He addressed it and he said that it doesn’t really matter right now,” sophomore quarterback Gary Nova said. “It has no affect on this team right now and that’s for future Rutgers teams and stuff like that. Nobody’s worried about it.”

What Rutgers is concerned with is winning the school’s first Big East Title and gaining a trip to a BCS Bowl.

“We’re going to focus on that because we’re trying to do something here that’s never been done before,” senior right tackle R.J. Dill said. “We’re trying to win a Big East Championship and that’s at the forefront of our mind. Nothing else.”

So while talk around the players will be all about the Big Ten, they’ll only focus on what they can do this season in their two remaining games.

“At the end of the day, we’re not going to win a Big Ten Championship this year,” senior linebacker Khaseem Greene said.“We’re going to win the Big East Championship and that’s all we care about.”

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