Rutgers asks Big East for help

Updated: March 28, 2012, 3:29 PM ET
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Rutgers has asked the Big East for financial relief to make up for the loss of a home game because of changes in Big East membership, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Tuesday.

The Scarlet Knights have only six home games this season, thanks to TCU 's departure to the Big 12.

Rutgers makes anywhere between $1.2 million and $1.7 million per home game, the newspaper reported, and athletic director Tim Pernetti wants to be compensated for that lost revenue.

"We'll deal with it in a very direct manner with the league. We're disappointed that we were not made whole on a league (home) game with TCU's departure," Pernetti told The Star-Ledger. "Having said that, we took control of our situation. While there were opportunities out there to bring a second 1-AA (FCS) opponent in here, that's just not for us any more. We're not doing that again.

"I thought it was more important to think longer term about bringing in an opponent that could return the game, that was a high-profile BCS opponent. We ended to a great resolution to the situation with Arkansas."

Rutgers has a home-and-home set with the Razorbacks, but the first game, to be held this fall, is at Arkansas.

Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Syracuse also were scheduled to play TCU this fall as a home game.

Big East associate commissioner Nick Carparelli declined comment, The Star-Ledger reported.

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