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    Default Re: Maryland and probably Rutgers joining the BigTen

    Here's the new B1G conference alignment, once Rutgers formally announces of course.

    Illinois moves into the Legends Division

    Leaders Division - Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

    Legends Division - Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern
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    Default Re: Maryland and probably Rutgers joining the BigTen

    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    Really....RUTGERS !

    While the impact will not be immediate, it should impact the exodus of top tier NJ talent to others in the Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 both in wrestling and football. Even though Rutgers has had some success in football and and some good talent in wrestling, by far the majority of top recruits in both have hightailed it out of state.
    Yes, and as a Penn State fan, I would like that to continue. PSU has recruited NJ, Maryland, and northern VA really well (primarily speaking football here - NJ has been solid for wrestling) and I want that to continue. I think this does help a few people stay home (as you mention), but I think more needs to happen to really keep them home...


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    2-3 years Rutgers will be competitive on the football field and will be visible on the B10 mats.
    I think this is REALLY optimistic. Like blindfold on optimistic. RU had a couple good years thanks to a surge from Schiano, but he couldn't sustain it and now he is gone. Those seasons now look a lot more like a flash in the pan than a glimpse of the future. A big part of RU's success on the football field in the last 3-4 years has been a pathetic competition level in the Big East. It will take a lot more than just joining the B10 for RU to become a regular competitor for, say, a division title.


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    With RU keeping some matmen at home, it will hinder other B10 recruiting. Guys like Caldwell, Russell, Burroughs, Molinaro are more likely to wrestle at home in front of family than heading elsewhere.

    I am assuming that RU has had the full complement of scholarships available. If they have not, and joining the B10 means they will increase the scholarships they offer, then we will see a change on that alone. Assuming they have been fully funded, I don't see much impact on the top level guys coming out of NJ. I think they will still have their pick of the top level schools and will continue to head to the programs that have shown them the best possibility for their own success. I think we'll see the second level recruits choosing RU a bit more since they can stay near home, wrestle in the B10, and get a better financial deal (in-state tuition plus partial scholarship).

    I think the bigger impact in RU recruiting and success is bringing in coaches like Molinaro- guys who have had great success at the NCAA level. I think kids will say they want to go wrestle for him. Him DEFINITELY being a Jersey guy helps too. Bottom line - I think the coaching staff is the most important factor - not the conference.

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    Ru has lost many, both wrestling and football because they wanted to be in the B1G. That excuse is now gone. Maybe some do continue to seek out other B1G's of Big 12, but some if not many will now stay home. Even if we hold 50% of those that would have left, the impact can be significant.
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