What Jim Delany hath wrought.

While this article may be a sad read, when you bring in a school for the sole purpose of making your conference broadcast product more attractive to cable companies, it shouldn’t be a surprising one.

This is the kind of crap I beat on when I post about college football ignoring its traditional strengths in its chase for the almighty dollar.  Well played, Jimbo.

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25 responses to “What Jim Delany hath wrought.

  1. Athens Dog

    About the same way i feel about playing Mizzou

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  2. DC Weez

    I hate conference expansion for increasing broadcast penetration as much as you do. I will forever not agree with Maryland leaving the ACC for the Big Ten ( and most Maryland fans agree.) But I don’t think this had any effect on Rutgers’ rivalries. They didn’t really have a serious rivalry in the Big East, they’ll never have a serious Big10 rival, and they won’t have a serious rival in any other conference they might join.

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    • They didn’t really have a serious rivalry in the Big East, they’ll never have a serious Big10 rival, and they won’t have a serious rival in any other conference they might join.

      I think that’s my point. Only reason Rutgers was invited was for the tele-market eyeballs.

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      • And everyone forgets Missouri and Texas A&M left their long-time natural rivals to chase the money the SEC promised.

        It’s a shame A&M doesn’t play Texas on Thanksgiving weekend.

        Regarding Rutgers, I don’t think anyone has gotten it through their thick skulls that no one in the Northeast gives a damn about college football in particular and only cares about college basketball in March. The only people in the Northeast who care about college football are the Southern transplants who flock to their school’s bars on Saturday afternoons to share their passion with fellow alumni/fans.

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        • Rival

          Sadly, true. Transplant here.

          Related: anyone know a good spot to watch college football near Portland, Maine? Help…

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        • 3rdandGrantham

          Correct; never understood the whole “adding Rutgers for the NYC TV market” nonsense, as Rutgers barely moves the needle – if at all – in the NYC region. Same goes for CFB in general. Heck, I live in the D.C. area, and even here nobody gives a rip about CFB aside from some of the VT folks in the area.

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          • ChiliDawg

            Can’t get them to shut up about the Ravens, though…

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            • 3rdandGrantham

              Yep, this definitely is an NFL region – lots of ‘Skins, Ravens and Steelers jerseys around. It’s very rare that I see college stuff during the fall.

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        • Stoopnagle

          Chase the money or get away from the Longhorns?

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        • Otto

          I don’t blame A&M one bit for leaving the Big12 after the Longhorn network.

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  3. The other Doug

    After reading their records with potential rivals I was left stunned with how almost all of them were lopsided. Rutgers football outside of the Schiano years was awful. The Big10 took a loser from the Big East instead of a solid fit like Mizzou. Sheesh.

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  4. Isn’t the real story that, except for a couple of the Schiano years, Rutgers has sucked so bad for so long in football they don’t have a rival?

    The B1G (Jim Delany, in particular) was stupid to bring them in, but the RU administration wasn’t stupid for agreeing to take their money.

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  5. Hill Billy Dawg

    I read this kind of stuff and see the convoluted and confused replies, then I get on my knees and give thanks for the SEC.

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  6. Russ

    They should still play Princeton.

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  7. Russ

    OT, but How ’bout them track Dawgs! National Champs! And the Lady Dawgs just missed the sweep by 1 point. Spec Towns would be very proud!

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  8. ASEF

    People tend to forget about all of the scandals at Rutgers because of bigger scandals elsewhere. But, they hit pretty much all of them there for awhile: abusive coaches, academics, assault, cover ups, coaches faking resumes, clueless ADs, the works.

    Which makes Rutgers a perfect case study for a university that decides to go big time in athletics?

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  9. Sides

    Rivalries take time and just because Rutgers doesn’t have any now doesn’t mean this was a bad move. SC was probably in a similar boat almost 30 years ago. SC has developed nice rivalries in all sports with a lot of SEC schools. I don’t think we played Arkansas in football before the SEC expansion and it has developed into a good rivalry (playing a winner take all to the CWS tonight). UF, UT, UK, UGa (I think we played some before SEC), and even Vandy have become good series’ in all sports. Mizzou and Texas AM are developing and in another 30 years will be good rivals. New Jersey/Ny is a big media market and it will probably be good for the Big 10 in the long run.

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  10. I had always hoped we would add Carolina & Duke as #15 and 16. Alas, with the shored up ACC contract and bylaws, doesn’t look like that will ever be possible. Let Duke and Vanderbilt become Thanksgiving rivals with Tennessee vs North Carolina doing the same.

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  11. MGW

    This was not a 30 year move. This was a single TV contract move. If you think Rutgers’ schedule will look anything like it does right now in 10 years, much less 30 years, you’re sorely mistaken.

    Also, it takes more than just the teams on the field playing each other a bunch to develop a rivalry. South Carolina was already in the neighborhood. The fans already live and work in the same areas. Go to the same grad schools. Parents send one kid to SC, and another to UGA. Friends graduate high school, one goes to SC, the other to UT, UGA, UK, etc. Rutgers has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the Big 10.

    Mizzou was an incomparably better addition to the SEC than Rutgers was to the Big 10, and it was still an awful, awful addition to the SEC and makes absolutely no sense.

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    • MGW

      To be clear, Mizzou is a competitive football school with very good fans, but they belong in the Big 12. Rutgers has a neat picture of supposedly the first college football game, and thats where it ends. They bring nothing to the table.

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  12. AusDawg85

    Let’s trade Mizzou to the Big10 for future draft picks and home-and-home series with OSU and Michigan.

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