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Rutgers accepts bid to become 14th member of Big Ten

By Stephen J. Nesbitt, Daily Sports Editor
Published November 20, 2012

6, 1869 in the first-ever intercollegiate football game.

Rutgers joined the Big East in 1991 and it has won six Big East team titles in that time — three coming in baseball and one apiece in women’s basketball, men’s soccer and men’s track and field.

Similar to Maryland, the Rutgers athletic department cut six varsity sports — men’s tennis, men’s lightweight crew, men’s heavyweight crew, men’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s fencing — in 2006. Pernetti said the university intends to focus on bolstering the 22 varsity team it still fields before looking to reinstate any of the teams it cut in the last decade.

The eventual progression for the Big Ten appears to be a 16-team conference, but for today the conference is content to celebrate its most recent addition.

“It’s the perfect place for Rutgers,” Pernetti said. “For athletics, the Big Ten conference is the model, it’s the ultimate. It’s ahead of the curve, and it’s set the bar in so many areas.

“For us it means stability in an unstable time, it has secured our future as an athletics program and a university.”

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