Originally Posted by ChiefsCountry
Rutgers has signed the last two 5 star recruits from the state of New Jersey. Big Ten schools have always recruited New Jersey hard. Iowa has lived in that state. Wisconsin got its Hesiman Trophy winner from there. Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan all recruit it. Quite a bit of talent comes from New Jersey. Big Ten starts playing there regularly and it will own it recruiting wise. Rutgers stadium is not a JUCO stadium. It seats 52k and was remodeled. Hell they just built the current stadium in 1994. Not to mention the Big Ten has been intrested in Rutgers for some time. They were on the expansion list with MU and KU back in the early 90s. Rutgers is now a solid program to where they came from, which was pretty close to K-State level. Its a solid additon to the Big Ten that makes sense for both parties at all levels.
A 52k seat stadium in a state w/ 8-9 million people. Thank you for hammering home the point for me. What a joke. Indiana/Minnesota level. At least those two can hoop it up. There are people in Indiana that aren't even aware they have a football program. Apparently 7 million people in New Jersey aren't aware they have one either.
They signed one of the top 14 players in the state this year. Very impressive. As you said, the Big Ten already goes in there and takes what they want. So why add them again? Cable subs. That's it. No other reason. As you said the league was already getting the players they wanted w/o them in tow.
I think they are a joke that will do absolutely nothing to enhance the Big Ten's already bad on field product. You are impressed b/c they signed a couple guys and have a 50k seat stadium. I guess we will have to agree to disagree.