Rutgers Takes Big Risk With Big Step

Rutgers Takes Big Risk With Big Step

As the Big Ten Conference announced the addition of the University of Maryland on Monday, Rutgers University was widely expected to be the next to join the sprawling, Midwest-based athletic league.

The potential move—which would represent a big step up in competition for the area's only major-college football program—could improve the Rutgers athletic department's sagging finances and boost the school's profile.

"Moving to the Big Ten was always a major goal at Rutgers, because it basically got the school into the league that would have drawing capacity at the stadium," said George Zoffinger, a member of Rutgers's board of governors from 2005 to 2011. "If the rumors are correct, this is a very good thing."

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