Rutgers becomes the 14th member of the Big Ten

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Rutgers becomes the 14th member of the Big Ten

As expected, Rutgers became the 14th member of the Big Ten on Tuesday afternoon, just one day after Maryland was added to the mainly mid-western conference.

Similarly to Maryland's move, Rutgers' change in conferences was highly based on financial decisions to lower costs and attain financial security, rather than paying top dollar to play their traditional rivals.

In part of other recent moves in conferences from other colleges around the country -- such as Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, etc. -- Big Ten commissioner James Delany was prepared to expand.

"What we saw happening around us, was most of the major conferences moving out of their historical boundaries, and we thought we needed to at least be aware of what the potential was," said Delany. "And as we looked around our neighborhood and out of our neighborhood, we recognized that Rutgers was not only a great institution, but was an institution that we had a lot in common with, and we wanted to reach out."

By leaving the Big East, Rutgers will avoid paying the hefty 24 million annual cost while also keeping the team relevant and away from a conference that's beginning to fall off the map.

In addition to the financial aspect of it all, the expansion will help the conference get greater recognition across the country. Being close to New York City, the Big Ten will have a much stronger pull in the nation's largest metropolitan area.

"This relationship is the perfect storm of relationships," added Rutgers' director of athletics Tim Pernetti. "Our job, starting today at Rutgers, will be to help create new value for the Big Ten conference. To bring new things to the party that's going to help further this conference as the greatest conference in college sports."

Recruiting news and notes: Solorio's Patterson adds Northwestern offer

Recruiting news and notes: Solorio's Patterson adds Northwestern offer

Solorio junior quarterback Quincy Patterson (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) added his fifth scholarship offer on Monday from Northwestern. Patterson, a three-star recruit, also took in the Wildcats' game last Saturday against Nebraska.

"Northwestern is a beautiful school and has anything that a student-athlete can really ask for," Patterson said. "Northwestern has a great coaching staff and an extremely high graduation rate. Both of those factors are very important to me and my family. It means a lot to me that Northwestern is so strong academically plus having great coaches. Northwestern offered me as a super-back recruit."

Patterson now has offers from Northwestern along with Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Penn State.

Brother Rice senior running back Xazavian Valladay (6-feet, 190 pounds) has set up his first official visit.

"I'm planning to go out to make an official visit to Wyoming on October 8," Valladay said. "I'm still in touch with Wyoming along with Western Illinois, Ball State, Central Michigan plus Eastern Illinois and Youngstown State. I want to get out and see some schools in person before I make a college decision."

Valladay currently has scholarship offers from Wyoming and Western Illinois.

Palatine senior quarterback Zach Oles (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) is off to another great this season for the Pirates, and Oles has been drawing steady recruiting interest this fall.

"I've been in touch with schools like Butler, Dayton plus North Dakota State, NIU, Princeton along with several (other) Ivy League schools," Oles said. "I'm going to visit Dayton on October 8 and then I'm planning to go visit a game at Butler on October 22."

Does Oles have a time frame for making a college decision? "I'm not in any hurry to make a college choice. My focus right now is on my team and my season. I also want to take a few official visits after the season."

Peoria senior defensive tackle Kendrick Green (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) made his first official visit this past weekend to Minnesota.

"It (Minnesota) was awesome," Green, a three-star recruit, said. "They (Minnesota) are definitely on top now."

Green, who named the Gophers along with Syracuse and Central Florida as his top schools, is also planning to visit both Syracuse and UCF before making his college choice.

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