Rutgers set to leave Big East for the Big Ten
BY RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
11/21/12 at 3:59 AM
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - As the Big East was being picked apart, Rutgers was looking for a way out and a new place to show off a football program that has been resurrected in the past decade.
Not only did Rutgers find that escape hatch, the Scarlet Knights ended up in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in college sports.
Rutgers joined the Big Ten on Tuesday, leaving the Big East and cashing in on the school's investment in a football team that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.
The move follows Maryland's announcement a day earlier that it was heading to the Big Ten in 2014. The additions give the Big Ten 14 schools and a presence in lucrative East Coast markets.
Rutgers announced its decision Tuesday at a campus news conference attended by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi and athletic director Tim Pernetti.
Rutgers has been competing in the Big East since 1991. But the league has been torn up by conference realignment, losing three key members last year.