Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti, center, stands with Rutgers President Robert Barchi, right, and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany during a news conference Tuesday in Piscataway, N.J., after they announced that Rutgers will join the Big Ten. Rutgers will join the conference in all sports at a date to be determined.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, center, will join the Big Ten football family in 2014 after the school agreed to join the Big Ten Conference. Rutgers must negotiate its buyout from the Big East to switch conferences. The Scarlet Knights are 9-1 and poised to win their first Big East title this season and play in their first BCS game.
Associated Press/Oct. 13, 2012
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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. "The Big Ten is really where Rutgers belongs," Rutgers President Robert Barchi said.