Social media has been set ablaze this offseason between Michigan and Rutgers fans. The interactions haven't been pleasant.
There's been some sour grapes coming from the Scarlet Knights' camp this summer, especially when it comes to the satellite camp issue. U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh holds a satellite camp at Paramus Catholic in New Jersey? No problem, Ash invites Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and schedules one on the same day at Farleigh Dickinson.
Of course, with Michigan's success in the Garden State during the 2016 recruiting cycle, the Scarlet Knights' are doing whatever it can to prevent that from happening again.
It has the makings of a rivalry off-the-field, especially from the fan perspective. However, at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on Monday, Ash insists there is not a rivalry between the two programs.
At least not yet.
"I'll start by saying there's no rivalry with Michigan yet," Ash said. "They've done some things that we have not been able to do and I think it's great when fans get a chance in the offseason to talk about college football and have fun with college football, have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Harbaugh and the job he's done at Michigan and the program they've had for several years."
For now, the two programs will settle it on the football field in October under the lights in Piscataway. Whether it turns into a rivalry remains to be seen, but one thing is certain, Ash is going to work hard to create rivalries as a newcomer to the conference.
"We're going to work the best that we can here at Rutgers to create rivalries with everybody that we play," Ash said. "And it's great that the fans are involved and care and passionate about what we're doing at Rutgers."