Rutgers joining Big Ten


Rutgers announced Tuesday that it will join the Big Ten at an afternoon news conference on its campus in Piscataway, N.J. The move comes a day after Maryland announced it would leave the ACC to join the conference in 2014.

Rutgers will be leaving the Big East, where it has been competing since 1991. Rutgers will be the Big Ten's 14th member.

Rutgers also plans to join its new conference in 2014, though the Big East requires 27 months' notification for departing members. The Scarlet Knights will have to negotiate a deal with the Big East to leave early.

Big Ten football coaches say they will have little influence on scheduling and divisional alignments once Maryland and Rutgers join the conference.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Tuesday that when Nebraska joined the conference he wasted a couple of days drawing up his ideal plan but had no input. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said conference leadership has handled past expansion well and believes adding Maryland and Rutgers will pay off.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said that with the money the conference believes expansion will generate he'd like to see players in some way get a share.