Rutgers or UConn?

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Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:00 AM
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http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/375050



Is the nation’s richest conference having any buyer’s remorse? Did it whiff in adopting Rutgers over Connecticut?

Big Ten leaders will say no, especially as the league goes all in on its Big Apple experiment.

Yet Rutgers’ struggles to crack a largely indifferent college sports market — unless for the wrong reason as a tabloid favorite — coupled with UConn’s reign atop college basketball has renewed debate. While football drives realignment, critics of the Scarlet Knights’ inclusion in the Big Ten note the Huskies’ mounds of basketball championships in a league starved for them, comparable performance on the gridiron, and a similar foothold in New York.

With the New York market so split — and UConn and Rutgers both ranked by U.S. News as top-25 public universities — many contend the Big Ten should have gone for the bigger brand. But the Huskies endure as the biggest loser in conference realignment, stranded in the second-tier American Athletic Conference.


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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:57 AM
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Id be for adding them to the BIG still!

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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:53 AM
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A quick google search indicates Rutgers is 2.5 times larger than UConn.  As far as I know, better HS football players come out of Jersey than Connecticut.  Being in New Jersey gives the B1G a chance to not only get into the NYC market, but also the Philly market.
 
Also, when a lot of these realignment talks were going on, didn't UConn have serious academic questions under the previous coach of the Men's team?  What's done is done, so maybe next time around.  
 

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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:41 AM
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Penn State already delivers the Philly market.  
 
And the only thing adding Rutgers and Penn State does is add TV sets to the B1G Network.  Philly and NYC are pro football towns not college football towns.

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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:32 PM
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Rutgers is in the conference purely to get the B1G into the NY/NJ TV market. They add NOTHING athletically.
 
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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:07 PM
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Speaking of Rutgers, I'll be heading to that stadium to watch our boys whoop up on them October 4th.  Anyone else going?
 
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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:17 PM
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I've been debating making the drive up from Virginia for the Rutgers game. I have two new BIG statdiums to visit now.
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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:27 PM
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Well, since we have become a basketball conference, maybe  UCONN wouldn't be so bad....
 
Either way, Maryland, Rutgers or possibly someday UCONN just doesn't seem to fit the mold of B1G football.  Penn St and Nebraska were great additions.

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Re:Rutgers or UConn? - Monday, April 14, 2014 12:56 PM
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BigHouseFootball


I've been debating making the drive up from Virginia for the Rutgers game. I have two new BIG statdiums to visit now.


If you decide to go let me know.  I am not sure how rabid Rutgers fans are but the game is in Jersey so you never know.  Strength in numbers.
 
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