Rutgers Sets 2 p.m. Press Conference

Rutgers has its formal press conference set for announcing membership for the Big Ten Conference. Athletic director Tim Pernetti will make a formal statement today at 2 p.m. from the Hale Center on Busch Campus.

Rutgers will announce it is joining the Big Ten for all sports today at 2 p.m. from the Hale Center. Closed to the public, athletic director Tim Pernetti and Big Ten commission Jim Delaney are set to make the move official with a press conference that can be viewed on Scarletknights.com and the Big Ten Network.

Rutgers finalized its plans to join the Big Ten this morning by withdrawing from the Big East and applying for membership to the Big Ten, sources said. The plan is for Rutgers become a member for the 2014-15 season in the conference alongside Maryland.

Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi will also to attend the announcement.

Maryland and Rutgers both voted to approve their departures from the ACC and Big East, respectively, yesterday and quickly had their Big Ten applications approved.

The Big East buyout for departure from the conference is $10 million to leave after 27 months, but Rutgers is expected to negotiate a higher cost to leave early.

Head football coach Kyle Flood is expected to address the topic in his Wednesday press conference. He will speak to the media Tuesday at noon, but is expected to defer comments to Pernetti until the movement is publicly announced.

"I'm going to stay out of it," Flood said yesterday. "We have 11 days left in our season. I think what I've said to the players is what I say to myself. We're going to control the things as a football program that we can control. And the only thing we can control this week is our performance against Pitt, so that's where we'll put our focus."


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