ncaa-d1 flag

The Associated Press | July 6, 2014

Rutgers marks move to Big Ten with increased fundraising, improved facilities

Rutgers is looking for big things in the Big Ten. Rutgers is looking for big things in the Big Ten.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers marked its first day in the Big Ten with a party at its football stadium.

"I think [this] is going to be like an anniversary," Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood said. "Whether it's a wedding anniversary, something like a birthday, I think this will be a date throughout history that the Rutgers family is really going to remember."

Rutgers announced in November 2012 that it was leaving for the Big Ten. Now the move is official.

"[This] is a game-changer for our university," Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann said. "Incredibly historic."

Hermann, who took over Rutgers' athletic department in May 2013, said she feels the football program is ready with the stadium expansion and Hale Center facilities. Hermann said there will be a 25 to 30 percent increase in fundraising from last year, but more work needs to be done.

"It's a privilege for me to be here and to lead the great group of coaches and staff into the Big Ten, which is going to be a challenge," Hermann said. "Got to rise and we're focused on that."

Hermann confirmed previous reports that there are plans to build an athletic village that will house most of the sports' training facilities. She also spoke about a makeover for the baseball and softball facilities that will cost nearly $3 million.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany also said there probably will be a transition when it comes to the play on the field.

"I think the Big Ten conference is deep and has a lot of quality teams so game in and game out there will be great conference competition here," he said. "I think the opportunity to succeed is here.

"They are who they are. They have to learn the competition. Figure out the conference . Teams don't go from good to great overnight and teams don't go from going great to average overnight."

Related:
College football tickets

College wrestling: Here's what we learned from the first weekend of Big Ten action

Seven Big Ten teams kicked off the 2021 season over the weekend, offering fans a first look at this year’s stars and hinting at what's coming next.
READ MORE

Predictions for Texas vs. West Virginia and 9 other major men's basketball matchups

Andy Katz predicts Texas vs. West Virginia and nine other big men's college basketball games in the first week of 2021.
READ MORE

Prediction for Gonzaga vs. Virginia and 5 other top men's college basketball games for the week

Andy Katz makes his Gonzaga vs. Virginia prediction and picks the winner in five more college basketball games this week.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners