- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's official: Rutgers is headed to the Big Ten at a date to be determined.
Here are some statements.
Rutgers president Robert Barchi: "The Big Ten includes America’s most highly regarded academic institutions, known for both their athletic success and academic achievement. This is exactly the right conference for Rutgers. Our university is one of the nation’s leading research universities and our student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the playing field."
Athletic director Tim Pernetti: "This is a historic day for Rutgers University. It is an honor to join such a prestigious conference and begin our partnership with the outstanding institutions in the Big Ten. There is no finer conference in the nation that combines top-notch academics and athletics."
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany: "The additions of Rutgers and the University of Maryland further expand the Big Ten’s footprint while helping solidify our presence on the East Coast. Both institutions feature a combination of academic and athletic excellence and will prove a great fit for our future."
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