15 Days Until The Big Ten

Rutgers University sits 15 days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A new conference means a completely new outlook on scheduling. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood discussed non-conference scheduling when it pertains to being Big Ten members.

BEDMINSTER, N.J. – The increased strength of schedule in the Big Ten will not change the Rutgers strategy when it comes to non-conference games. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood maintains the outlook that he welcomes games with any team in the country.

The only stipulation – a game in Piscataway.

"What's important to me is that when we schedule our FBS opponents, that we get home and homes," Flood said. "That's what's important to me. I will go anywhere in the country and play on a campus, at an NFL stadium if that's what they want. That's what Washington State wanted."

Flood works with the athletic department, and senior associate athletic director Jason Baum in scheduling future opponents.

"I want those teams to come back to High Point Solutions Stadium," Flood said. "To me, as long as that's the case like it was for Arkansas, like it is with Washington State, then I have no issue. I would schedule anybody in the country."

FCS scheduling is a trending topic for Big Ten coaches and athletic directors this offseason. An FCS game is the norm for Rutgers each season. The Scarlet Knights played two in 2009 after losing a game late in the process.

Rutgers hosts Howard this season, and has FCS games schedule through the 2017 season.

"I remember being at Hofstra when we played UConn when they had just gone 1A," Flood said. "We played South Florida when they had just gone 1A and being at Delaware when we played Navy at Navy.

"I think for the players and the schools at that level, it's a great opportunity for them. But I also understand the strength of schedule issues that come up. For me, I'm in favor of playing as aggressive a schedule as we can play, and I've tried to do that since I've been here. I think this year's schedule plays out like that."


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