|Rutgers is expected to follow Maryland to the Big Ten, announcing the move this week. (US Presswire)|
With Maryland officially on its way to the Big Ten, the next step for the league was presumed to be adding Rutgers from the Big East. According to a report from the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, Rutgers is expecting to formally accept an invitation to join the Big Ten conference Monday with plans of a formal announcement as soon as Tuesday.
No official invitation has been extended from the Big Ten. But Tim Pernetti, Rutgers' athletic director, has been given the authority from the school's board of governors to accept any conference invitation relating to realignment.
Big East bylaws require a 27-month withdrawal period and a $10 million exit fee. With Maryland joining the Big Ten in time for the 2014-15 school year, chances are that the Scarlet Knights will negotiate an early exit to join the league along with the Terps. West Virginia, TCU, Syracuse and Pittsburgh were all able to negotiate early exits in making recent conference moves.
This loss is a crushing blow to the Big East, which had just aligned itself for two-division play beginning in 2013-14. The addition of Boise State and San Diego State in football, along with Memphis, SMU, Houston and Central Florida in all sports provided the Big East with its first Big East Championship Game and some stability moving forward. Navy is scheduled to join the Big East in 2015, but the leadership has already indicated an early arrival is unlikely.
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