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November 19, 2012

RU to the Big 10: High school coaches chime in

As Rutgers fans brace for one of the most exciting days in the history of the Scarlet Knight program, we reached out to high school coaches across the state to see what they thought about Rutgers' move to the Big 10.

"I think it could open up a lot of new doors and avenues and I think it is just another step in the right direction for a program that has come leaps and bounds in the past decade or so. It looks like RU football is going in the right direction" - Dan Sabella, Paramus

"I think it would be a great move! Oustanding academic reputation as well as New Jersey athletes & NY tv market. A win- win for everyone!" - Dan Spittal, Eastern

"Being part of a tradition rich, stable conference like the Big 10 will be a plus for the entire university. Needless to say, Rutgers is a world class university. To be able to be in the same conference with strong academic schools like Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan, Purdue will only help Rutgers in the long run. Many people did not agree with Penn State when they made the move, however it has been a plus for the entire university. I actually think it will enhance recruiting. The best talent today wants to play in the horseshoe-OSU , the Big House-Michigan, Camp Randle-Wisconsin, etc. This is just my humble opinion. I have been coaching at Shawnee for the last 36 years & I am a huge supporter of Rutgers football. Go Knights- Beat Louisville!!!" - Tim Gushue, Shawnee

"I think Rutgers moving to the Big 10 is great but Rutgers staying in the Big East would have been great too. Rutgers has a lot to offer a student-athlete, and that doesn't change. Coach Flood and his staff have things moving in a great direction." - Jim Portela, Red Bank Catholic

"The Big Ten puts them in Trump status. It puts them in the penthouse. The money that they will have coming in, it's going to help the athletic department tremendously…If they could go to the Orange Bowl on the heels of going to the Big Ten, it is a Cinderellla story." - Ricardo Rodriguez, Bayonne

"I think it's awesome. It opens up a whole other recruiting attitude. I think it creates a ton of excitement here locally. Obviously, from a revenue standpoint, it's a no-brainer. I honestly don't see a negative." - Rich Hansen, St. Peter's Prep

"The leadership and innovative thinking provided by Tim Pernetti helped Rutgers get on the national map, and the brand is more viable than ever before. I'm sure Tim Pernetti has done his homework and will recommend to the Rutgers president and board what's best overall for athletics at Rutgers. In regards to football, I think a transition to the Big 10 is a great move. Rutgers has spent the last decade establishing the program and facilities as one of the best in the country. The physical brand of football played at Rutgers fits in the Big 10 and the improved schedule will not only help with drawing more fan interest and revenue but also in recruiting. A move to the Big 10 will open the door to draw some players from nontraditional sending areas, again enhancing not only our football and athletics programs but the university as well. The job Kyle and his staff have done over the last 9 months has not only built off what Greg did but had surpassed the expectations of many and with the way they've been recruiting. It's only going to get better. Big 10 or Big East, Rutgers football and athletics is headed in the right direction and I look forward to its continued success." - Bryan Murray, DePaul assistant coach

"It's great for the state of Rutgers. It will help with recruiting. Rutgers makes the most sense academically. It will help with out of state recruiting. I believe a NJ kid will stay home if Rutgers offers, especially if in the Big 10." - John Fiore, Montclair

"Rutgers moving to the Big 10 is a home run for everyone involved. If one of my players had to choose between playing against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State every year versus playing Cincinnati and Louisville, it is a no brainer. No disrespect to those schools, but playing in front of a hundred thousand people on a weekly basis is a once in a lifetime opportunity."- Sean Fallon, St. Anthony

"It might be good but it also could go the other way. Boston College is not a good fit in the ACC and would have been better off staying. Rutgers could wind up the same boat. They are finally on top and they are ready to go back to the middle of the pack." - coach who requested anonymity

"Because of the volatility of conferences in college football these days, I think it must be done to protect RU from a future collapse of the Big East. I would have preferred RU to be a member of the Big East, but there is no guarantee that the Big East will be a premier conference in the future. If one could have the best situation, it would be to have RU in the Big East with Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt, Louisville, West Virginia, etc, but that is not going to happen in the near future so I understand the need for RU to protect its interests and move to the Big Ten. I don't think it will have a negative effect on recruiting and it might upgrade its overall standing and perception among people in the tri-state area. I am supportive and hope it does happen since I don't trust that the Big East is a stable conference."- Robert Valli, Creskill

"This will be big for Rutgers and I believe will allow them to recruit nationally given the fact they will be in a legit BCS conference. Am I crazy to think National Championship within 5 years? I don't think so. They should really be able to compete for one." - Terrance Howard, Rancocas Valley assistant coach."

"I think it's great for RU and the state. Playing in the Big 10 will bring more national attention to Rutgers and NJ. I feel recruiting will go through the roof. Now you sell the schedule as well as the school and the staff. I think Coach Flood has done an outstanding job." - Guy Bertola, Parsippany

"I think it would be great. It would add more visibility to the program, add tremendous stability to the athletic program's future, and would create some interesting rivalries with some teams who've traditionally done well recruiting NJ athletes (not to mention the instant NJ-PA game with Penn State). The Big East has been a phenomenal conference for Rutgers. With that being said though, it would put them on an even keel (actually make the out of state schools less desirable) with the Big Ten schools who use their conference affiliation to negatively recruit in-state athletes. I think it would elevate the status of the programs." - Robert Hinson, Timber Creek

"I think it would be a great thing for RU. What a move like that would do is provide conferences stability and security. The perception of Rutgers being a player in recruiting - it will no doubt be beneficial." - Joe Rotondi, St. Peter's Prep assistant coach

"I think it is great that Rutgers would go into the Big 10. I feel that this would help recruiting in all sports for Rutgers. I think the perception would change around the country of Rutgers. I think the new perception would help Rutgers in a big way." - Gary Mioli, Park Ridge

"A step in the right direction. Big 10 will draw a stronger pool of talent. Can Rutgers' recruiters compete with the established Big 10 programs (i.e. OSU & Michigan)? Need to pull 4/5 star recruits versus 3 star. Positive within the state. Across the country they'll be comparable to Purdue & Northwestern. Will probably struggle like West Virginia (Big 12). Rutgers can currently beat anyone in the Big 10. However, they will probably struggle w/playing the week to week grind of the Big 10 schedule. You're as good as your backups!" - Jason Gray, Robbinsville

"I think it's great. I love to see coaches/programs take a risk and shoot for the stars. It's going to be a great challenge for them but that's what building something great is all about. A lot of people will say they can't win in the Big 10 and that should add to their motivation. I am behind it 100 percent and I think it will help attracting players knowing that the program is not shying away from the big stage. My hat goes off to Kyle Flood and his staff as he has really done an unbelievable job since taking over, not only on the field but all around in building a program." - Chris Partridge, Paramus Catholic

"As the recording secretary of the NJFCA and a coach who has had two players play at Rutgers, I am interested to see how this event unfolds. I understand the financial aspect for the move and realize it may be time for RU to grow. I am big supporter of the Big East and will continue to be. I feel the Big East is about to expand in a positive way and hopefully the TV package will come through for all the Big East teams. As for recruiting I am curious to see how recruiting goes in our state to compete with the Big Ten. RU does an outstanding job recruiting New Jersey players and I would really be disappointed if many of our players were overlooked by RU's staff because recruiters feel the need to go out and seek other players from the US. As for RU's perception around the country, the school is well known throughout the US. Just ask the many members of the the Big Ten. The fan base will only grow as RU's program moves forward. I personally will be ok if RU stays in the Big East with all the expanding taking place. Change is not a bad thing, and sometimes change can shake off the rust and revive everyone involved." - Skip Edwards, Recording Secretary of the NJFCA

"I hate to see the demise of the Big East but it is a sign of the times. With Rutgers you get the NYC market and also a little bit of the Philly market. It's a smart move for the Big Ten to bring them in." - Dan Algeo, Cardinal O'Hara (PA)

"Teams changing conferences seems to be a sign of the times for the business of college athletics. Rutgers has always done a great job recruiting Delaware and I am sure that will continue, regardless of their conference affiliation. The Big 10 is a very competitive, high profile conference and is certain to be a great fit for Rutgers Football." - Mark Delpercio, Middletown (DE)

"Rutgers to the Big 10 is a major move. I was born and raised in New Jersey so I have followed the program for years. Being in the Big Ten with Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan is a major step up. The kids in our program would see this move to the Big Ten as a major benefit." - Dwayne Thomas, Eastern Christian

"It certainly is a great move for Rutgers. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of questions about the quality of the Big East in the upcoming years. This will certainly help them in the recruiting wars." - Bill DiNardo, Salesianum

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