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November 19, 2012
Tuesday now looks as though it will turn out to be a big day in the scarlet nation as Rutgers is expected to announce it has found a new home in the Big Ten.
Maryland will announce today that it will join the Big Ten and with that domino falling, it will be the one Rutgers has been waiting for.
As reported by Scarlet Nation in September of 2011, a move to the Big Ten was what Rutgers has been waiting for but other dominoes needed to fall before that could happen.
Scarlet Nation has learned from sources that Rutgers is now expected to officially announce plans to join the Big Ten conference tomorrow on the heels of Maryland's announcement.
Within the program, Rutgers coaches and players remained focused on this season. Earlier today, head coach Kyle Flood fielded questions regarding a possible move to the Big Ten.
"Those questions are best served being asked to Tim [Pernetti] because he's the one that's involved in it," Flood said. I'm going to stay out of it. We have 11 days left in our season. I think what I've said to the players is what I say to myself. We're going to control the things as a football program that we can control. And the only thing we can control this week is our performance against Pitt, so that's where we'll put our focus."
Senior linebacker Khaseem Greene, the current Big East defensive player of the week, offered his take on the Big Ten talk.
"We don't pay attention to it," said Greene. "I don't care about that. It's nothing but a distraction for this team if we start thinking about that."
The move will not affect Greene, but some of the younger Scarlet Knights are likely to face a future against the likes of Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin in the Big East.
"I know coach Flood and Tim Pernetti will do a great job with that," said sophomore quarterback Gary Nova. "But this week I'm just focusing on playing Pittsburgh."