A anonymous band of Rutgers fans are not taking too kindly to the arrival of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and staff at Paramus Catholic High School, an hour from the Scarlet Nights' campus. The night before a football camp there opened, members of Rutgers "secret society" scattered the high school field with Rutgers magnets and placed a teddy bear alongside a Rutgers envelope on the 50-yard line, according to Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.
The unofficial Rutgers group claimed responsibility by emailing local media outlets with their own pictures from the scene and a letter declaring war against Harbaugh, who in February signed Paramus' Rashan Gary, the No. 1 recruit in the nation last year. The letter reads:
Michigan has began a war with Rutgers University. Our Order, represented by some of Rutgers elite student leaders, see it fit that this rivalry be hereby declared.
We have had enough of Michigan. Fence the Garden was brought forth because of Mr. Harbaugh, and us Scarlet Knights are ready to protect our state. We R battle ready.
Tonight sparked the beginning of the end for Wolverine Football, and no longer will they return to their former glory. The Curse of The Bambino reigned for 86 years, Michigan's will last for 28.
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The "Next Level Camp" will host around 650 high school players from freshman to incoming seniors as well as 45 college programs, headlined by Michigan.
In just the past three days, Harbaugh has made appearances at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he sported a jersey of a local hero, Allen Iverson, and at St. Francis High School in Baltimore, where he alternated between jerseys of Cal Ripkin Jr. and Ray Lewis.
Perhaps this act of defiance will spark the Rutgers football team who have been dreadful throughout their first two years in the Big-Ten, posting a combined 4-12 record in conference. Rutgers will host Michigan on October 8.