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Rutgers or UConn?
Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:00 AM
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.
What say you?
Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.