1. Po, I believe IIRC Rutgers entered the 1976 NCAA tournament undefeated. Need to check that for sure.

  2. They were in the Final Four. I watched the first round with a delightful bunch of drunken Rutgers fans in a bar in Tampa, to the best of my recollection.

  3. Chet, correct, I had to look it up to satisfy myself. They were beaten by Michigan in the semifinal and lost the 3rd place consolation game to UCLA. They entered the dance 31-0. It was the last time 2 teams entered the tournament undefeated. I remember Tampa in 1976, it was a nice spot back then. Before the big northern flight south.

  4. Quick report on my trip to Brewster:

    It’s late and I’ll write up more tomorrow… Tonight I met Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson. Almost uncomfortable at first because I walked in with my buddy fresh back from PSU and Crean is literally the first person I see walking right at me in this small Prep gym… Completely took me off guard, but my friend said I made a quality recovery and strong introduction. I guess I’ll take his word for it. Talked for a minute then let him grab a seat. Said he wanted to make sure Buss was in a good place. Went back and introduced my friend after the game since they both coach in the B1G and he is interested in the IU women’s soccer job. Had a decent little conversation and Crean was totally normal guy. I think I figured he’d be spazzy like he is on the sideline… also is shorter than I thought.

    Spent the game talking with the Baylor assistant who was there to recruit the PG that just de-committed from Mizzou that Norm Stewart was there to see at the last game I talked about. Guy named Grant McCasland. We ended up knowing a lot of the same people and think we played each other in HS around Dallas. Wanted very badly to ask him about the Perea incident, but figured I’d keep it nicey-nice.

    For any interested parties I’ll give some game insight tomorrow.

  5. All sarcasm aside, will joining the Big Ten make Rutgers’ men’s basketball a better program in the future? If I remember correctly, they don’t have real good facilities in any of the major sports. Or is my information outdated?

  6. From what I’ve found I wish we had Rutgers record in FB over the last 10 years(4 bowls). In the last year their HC left to became the HC for the NFL Buccaneers. Their stadium has a capacity very close to ours and was opened in the last 20 years. Their BB facility owns a nostalgia atmosphere like Cameron at Duke, holds 8,000+ and opened in 77. I’d say they are ahead of NW in facilities w/o ever receiving BTN $.

  7. Hoosier Clarion, good catch. Rutgers has long been one of the better programs in the East Coast. If the name of the University were The Univ. of New Jersey, we’d all take notice because it is a well populated state that has produced many excellent college prospects but whose intercollegiate athletic programs get swamped in the wake of the concentration of professional sports (Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C.).

    I’ve followed Rutgers from time to time and was somewhat aware that its football program is no push over. I do think the B1G has been very intelligent in extending its footprint as it has, by establishing itself in the middle Atlantic states. I would suspect it is probably now negotiating or thinking about to close with Virginia and North Carolina).

    However, it leaves no doubt that it is no longer about ‘educationally’ prominent institutions providing athletics for its student. It is, however, an ingenious way of using ‘paid-for’ state facilities to create a new semi-private industry to take advantage of the growth of the sports entertainment dollar. No ‘yeahs’ or ‘nays’ or judgment. It is what it is. And, it is very important that Indiana and Hoosier fans take ownership of what we are involved in. It goes a bit beyond “Indiana, my Indiana…”, but it will definitely require us to play up to the level of the model.

    Also, look for soccer to become much, much more promoted as the third leg as the schools being included in the ‘combine’ are all strong soccer schools and understand the meaning of extrapolating the growth of soccer with millions of middle-class younger Americans, exactly when the same socio-economic sector is having serious reservations about safety issue involving football.

  8. Podunker, there’s always been cause for respect for Rutgers’ sports programs. In terms of basketball, more so for Princeton which got tired of producing excellent teams which regularly beat B1G teams, including (I include in these or vaguely recall, the Hoosiers) while Pete Carril was the coach, one of the most brilliant minds who ever taught the game.

    But, the presence of Rutgers (I only wished we could have a program like Princeton) will only dignify and add to the B1G as the top intercollegiate athletic conference in the nation. We benefit from their presence.

    Princeton also says much about the Ivy League and athletics. Carril, at Princeton, continued and improved the development of the ‘motion offense’, originally called the Princeton offense. He was dominant and his Princeton teams feared, even though they were not allowed to give ‘basketball scholarships’ exclusively due to Ivy League rules. Bill Bradley was a product of that tradition.

    Carril was a big influence on our former coach who also sought to perfect the ‘motion offense’. As a not quite 30 year old RMK, while coaching at Army, used to travel up and down that area and frequently spoke of his admiration for great ‘thinker’ and ‘teachers’ of the game like Carril and Claire Bee at Long Island University.

    After he retired, Carril was replaced by his assistant, Bill Carmody who coached there until he took the job at Northwestern. Few, if any, coaches in the B1G get more out of their team than Carmody does at Northwestern. No team concerns me more than when we play the Wildcats, given the talent differential. I’m glad Carmody’s contract at NU was extended…he gives the B1G a big touch of ‘class’ and makes NU very competitive.

  9. You know, it would be great to look at Rutgers and evaluate their history, facilities, etc., to see what they bring to the table but, to be brutally frank, what they bring is far simpler. They give the Big Ten an invitation into the NYC television market.

    On the surface, it’s a good financial idea. Give it more thought and it’s a great idea. Sure, the Big East has had some great seasons but the fact of the matter is, there’s no way of even knowing who will be in the Big East in 3 years. The idea of rivalries is a joke. The Big East is as shaky as warm jello. The Big Ten is the best football/basketball product on the market. They will take Broadway by storm.

    A few seasons of 100 year old football rivalries, historic basketball rivalries, packed arenas of screaming fans on their television sets and the NYC market will be owned by the Big Ten. There just isn’t any competition.

    Rutgers is just in the right place at the right time. They are nothing more than the Trojan Horse bringing the Big Ten into Troy (NY). Lucky them.

  10. Chet,

    Thanks for the post. It parallels my thoughts. With the traditional states of the B10 staying flat or losing people, not to mention the trend of the coasts and the South, we really should have seen this coming a couple of years ago when the other conferences were trying to act, and react. PSU never really brought Philly in as a market but now that it borders 2 B10 members will make it a viable market target. The Terrapins nestled between DC and Baltimore offer great possibilities of increased coverage. I do not know if Delaney is thinking legacy but he has surely built 1.

  11. Tsao, I love the Big Ten. Always have and always will. In spite of my lifelong affection for the conference, I do not believe it is or has recently been “the top intercollegiate athletic conference in the nation.” And while Rutgers and Maryland may enhance the conference (some people believe those schools will dilute the conference), their entry into the Big Ten will not change that.

    The Big Ten has had some good years, but most of the time, when you look at the schools that win the national championships, they are not Big Ten schools. In 2011, the SEC won both the men’s football and basketball championships, and the runner up in football was from the same conference.

    I don’t know the data, and I’m sure it would depend on how the various mens and women’s sports were weighted, but my guess is that the Big Ten is the third or fourth most successful conference in intercollegiate sports. Just guessing again, but off the top of my head, I’d have to rank the top conference as PAC12 or SEC.

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