But it's all about expanding the footprint!
Looks like Louisville did the job with this curb-stomping.
But it's all about expanding the footprint!
Looks like Louisville did the job with this curb-stomping.
On just so many levels....
Carleton University would give Rutgers a game.
But they won the very first College Football game ever played.
I think it took them until like 1972 to notch their second win.
Those of us on the East coast won't have to travel so far to see Michigan play, so you Midwestern-based fans can just suck it and keep bitching.
Well going by that I hope they add the university of Windsor. Would save me money and time but obviously I would never want this. Rutgers was and likely always will be viewed as a terrible choice when it comes to athletic performance.
I live in Philly and am definitely excited to have 3 schools I can travel to to watch live Michigan sports.
Living in Richmond, stoked to have reasonable road trips for football and basketball.
I can appreciate it being convenient for UM's sizeable alumni base on the East Coast. But if that was important, why not schedule regular out of conference games there - Rutgers, Maryland, BC, Virginia, etc? For bball, it's even less important to add them, as we regularly play in NYC now (not to mention road ACC/B1G games).
Instead, we get to add Rutgers home/away in bball, and only get to play teams like Indiana, Wisky, Iowa, and Purdue once. That is not a good trade, in my opinion.
I will hate this move, always. I hope it falls on its face and we can spin these two schools off (Rutgers especially) to some super-duper ACC/Big East conglomerate mega-conference in 2025 or something (pipe dream, I know).
I am also excited about that - and there will be a strong contingent of Michigan fans at any of the Rutgers games, but with that said, I think it's still a terrible move. Everything about Rutgers athletically is a dumpster fire. What a mess. I guess their WBB team is decent, but they've even fallen off on that count in recent years.
Yep. If Maryland can't even be good at men's basketball anymore then the main thing these new teams are adding is...lacrosse??
Why can't Maryland be good in basketball? They've won a national title more recently than any B1G team and play in a new arena.
I wasn't thrilled with the recent expansion either, but what's done is done. All our complaining isn't going to do anything about it now.
This isn't all bad. These two do open up pretty fertile recruiting territory, and they give our East Coast fans chances to see us play (and non-East Coast fans an excuse to take little trips to NYC and DC). If these teams step it up, that helps the conference. If not, then our fans will just take the place over when we play there, and make it a quasi-home game, like when we play at Northwestern now.
The meme that expanding the conference "opens up recruiting grounds" is one of the most tired-out sayings there is. In recent years U-M has managed to pull football recruits from Utah, Missouri, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. All without a conference footprint.
Our 2014 basketball class is from Indiana, California, Florida, and Oregon. Three of those states aren't even close to the footprint. Spike Albrecht is from Massachusetts. Nik Stauskas is from Canada. Smotrycz was from New Hampshire. Hardaway from Florida. Darius Morris from California. We do not need a conference footprint to recruit.
Maybe it "opens up fertile recruiting grounds" for the Michigan States of the world. (Though I'm sure they don't need it for basketball either.) This is a bad thing, not a good thing. We will recruit where we feel like it, however, and do not need Rutgers's help in that regard.
Ah, Spike is from Crown Point, Indiana. He attended a prep school for a year in Ma.
It'll be nice for the mountains of Michigan alums in the DC and NYC areas to have 'home games away from home' every year. They'll be the new Northwestern...and I'm honestly half glad they're joining the conference for that reason as a former East Coast Alum
and am embarrassed to have Rutgers in our conference.
I still can't believe that happened.
We should have grabbed Missouri before the SEC did. Rutgers is so bad at everything. I don't care if they bring in the NYC market.
Rutgers won't make New York City "Big Ten Country". They will barely make New Brunswick, NJ "Big Ten Country".
Adding Rutgers was our way of countering ND's ACC alignment move to pad their win %.
that Scarlet Knights described a splatter pattern.
Damn! I just turned the game on and had to do a double take. They are alarmingly bad.
Yeah I had to make sure it was a men's game.
But can that even be considered a game?
They are tanking on purpose to get a better draft pick.
They're just loonies at Rutgers
"What are you gonna do, bleed on me?
Rutgers has TWENTY-SIX turnovers and a 29.35% effective field goal percentage. Wow.
Did someone happen to mention to them that the game has started? I mean, I would hate for the Scarlet Knights to miss their drubbing. Oh, wait...
They'll get better and be better than most of the other schools in the nation once they join the B1G!
The best RU has to offer-
God I hate that show. Rutgers sucks, too!
Northwestern couldn't be more excited.
My thoughts exactly. NU & PSU. Hell ohio has a better offense
Louisville vs Rutgers
gets into the tourny every year. Put Rutgers on the schedule.
That is atrocious. Louisville was one point from TRIPLING them up!
7 - 6 with 16:46 left in the first.
and don't ever try to lead again.
... Louisville is a terrifying match up for most teams. They always peak this time of year, as if the first few months were just for training, and they bring the fury. Great team to watch, do not want to play.
Harrell has turned into a monster. I thought Behanan would be a tough loss to overcome, but they really rolled from that point forward.
I don't think any teams want to play them the way they're going right now. I genuinely felt bad for Rutgers.
Speaking of that.. When's the official day?
Yes but Nebraska invested in their bball program
Is way overrated this year.
Wha? You know they lost once at home all season right? And that one loss was to the B1G outright champs with 2 tip-ins that could have won it?
At least Nebraska was once great at football. Rutgers has never been very good at anything and the top NJ athletes have always picked national programs to attend. For such a talent rich state, with very little competition from the rest of the northeast, NJ sure does a bad job
see the next greatest B1G rivalry in basketball Rutgers vs Penn St this will be as instense as the 2011 Penn St vs Wisconsin BTT game final score 36 to 33.
While I agree that this is embarrassing and I'm not excited about Rutgers coming here (except for the hopefully nonstressful win every year), the threads about how terrible our two new teams are get really old. Most people don't want them in the conference, we all get it. We have to deal with it, though. Personally, I have no problem with Maryland. I would have prefered Mizzou and Louisville, but it's too late for that now. Let's move on.
I'm not sure where Rutgers stand on the whole education part of college, but I'm guessing they are much higher than Louisville or Missouri, because that kind of matters in the B1G.
Rutgers is an AAU member, as is Missouri. Louisville is not.
Missouri is an aau member that's what always drive me crazy. They would have been a perfect fit with Nebraska
I suspect Missouri vs. Nebraska was always an either/or scenario for the B1G, no need for two midsize (at best) Midwest media markets. It's eyes on screens, not butts in seats.
The committee said as much as was chronicled on this site during and shortly after the announcement period.
Maryland is a good choice. They have a large fan base and a decent football history. Bball is always competitive and they have great facilities. Rutgers possesses non of these qualities and they never will due to lack of funds and lack of the schools interest in sports
They do? I live 8 miles from College Park and you'd never know it.
SU had a quarter of their building two weeks ago and that was the best home game on the Maryland schedule.
Nobody cares about Maryland here.
Looks like Rutgets sent their intramural team.
easy solution to this problem: more throwing of basketball at players during practice.
You would know coach.
Their facilities are god awful and have zero history in bball and football. Who the hell is gonna tune in to watch Rutgers vs Michigan football or Rutgers vs MSU bball?? Thank u delany!
I'm not sure "zero" history is quite right, given the fact that Rutgers-Princeton is widely known as the first football game in the history of the sport. Perhaps "ancient" is more accurate and preserves your point.
I'm looking forward to the fact that we're adding a football team to the conference whose peak as a program came in 1869.
Think about that.
No one is happier than Northwestern right now. I'm sure those guys are sick of finishing in last.
Someone asked Bacari Alexander last week the best thing about being a Harlem Globetrotter.
He thought and replied, " Never losing a game ..."
So what if we let them in to our conference. Do we actually have to play them? Can we just not schedule them?
We have become so fucking lacksadical in our entrance requirements, I can see nothing that would comple us, other than a mandate by the conference President, stating a decision is not an option. Hell, we allowed Braska in, and so many commented on their number of Academic AAs. I just want to say this is not a difficult realization when you are taking juco tough classes. Following your train of thought as to the dollar becoming far, far more important than the initial by-laws of what once a great academic/athletic marriage as to conference affiliatioh, I daresay if we prove, and it doesn't have to be indisputable, that the conference would benefit more by not playing this game, such an argument would prevail. Hell, I think even Brandon could sell it.
The AAC has five somewhat decent to very good teams and five godawful teams, ones that would make the current Purdue team look like world beaters. How bad is the bottom half of the conference? This was not Rutgers' first AAC tournament game. They advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating USF.
None of this bothers me too much so long as we beat them. It's only once we lose to them that it becomes embarrassing.