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09:27 AM ET 11.24 | In his brief time as the Rutgers head football coach, Kyle Flood has done a phenomenal job taking care of his own backyard. The announcement this week that the Scarlet Knights will be moving to the Big Ten should only make his job easier. "It's going to be a huge boost for recruiting," said Greg Toal, the coach at national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. "The Big Ten is the Big Ten. It's a huge step for Rutgers." Scout.com's Northeast recruiting director Brian Dohn agrees. Dohn said opposing coaches previously recruited against Rutgers by using the future of the Big East as leverage. That isn't an option anymore. "The biggest thing in a nutshell is Rutgers has the same opportunity as anybody else to be in the playoff system," Dohn said. "Now it's up to the program to see if they can win in the Big Ten."

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November 24, 2012  09:33 AM ET

The New York Times deserves the Pulitzer prize for stating the obvious.

November 24, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Thread hijack.

"The biggest thing in a nutshell is Rutgers has the same opportunity as anybody else to be in the playoff system," Dohn said.

Not all "anybody else"s.

Question: Is Rutgers more deserving of having the "opportunity" referenced in the quote than schools such as USF, San Diego State, or even one such as Fresno State? (I remember watching Fresno State go to Rutgers and hand them their hat a few years ago.)

November 24, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thread hijack. "The biggest thing in a nutshell is Rutgers has the same opportunity as anybody else to be in the playoff system," Dohn said. Not all "anybody else"s. Question: Is Rutgers more deserving of having the "opportunity" referenced in the quote than schools such as USF, San Diego State, or even one such as Fresno State? (I remember watching Fresno State go to Rutgers and hand them their hat a few years ago.)

No. Rutgers is no more "deserving" of a playoff slot than any other university. In fact Rutgers has a BETTER opportunity than many others because the B1G (and the SEC) has 2 automatic slots in the upcoming system.

Thanks to manipulation by Delaney and Slive (and their television partners), conference representation in the upcoming "playoffs" will not be equitable.

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November 24, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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No. Rutgers is no more "deserving" of a playoff slot than any other university. In fact Rutgers has a BETTER opportunity than many others because the B1G (and the SEC) has 2 automatic slots in the upcoming system.Thanks to manipulation by Delaney and Slive (and their television partners), conference representation in the upcoming "playoffs" will not be equitable.

Another question. Why are bottom feeder schools like Indiana, Minne, Kentucky, Kansas, etc more deserving of the opportunity than those I previously listed?

Only because of affiliation?

November 24, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Another question. Why are bottom feeder schools like Indiana, Minne, Kentucky, Kansas, etc more deserving of the opportunity than those I previously listed?Only because of affiliation?

Kansas doesn't belong on the list. They're not in the "more deserving" category because they're not in God's Conference or The Devil's Conference. B12 teams have a shot at 1 guaranteed slot not 2.

November 24, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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Kansas doesn't belong on the list. They're not in the "more deserving" category because they're not in God's Conference or The Devil's Conference. B12 teams have a shot at 1 guaranteed slot not 2.

True. But, they still at least have AN opportunity.

November 24, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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True. But, they still at least have AN opportunity.

Agreed. Calling it a "playoff" is a misnomer. It's a tiered system lacking equity.

November 24, 2012  11:01 AM ET

First, welcome to B1G Maryland and Rutgers.

Second, I think no conference or school should have an automatic slot. Imagine a conference winner with a 7-5 overall season record getting the nod over an 10-2 conference third place team. Some best teams in some conferences in some years are not nearly as good as some almost good teams in some other conferences.

The AQ rules, whether for the new playoff system or the old BCS, will always lead to failure since they are inherently unfair.

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November 24, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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First, welcome to B1G Maryland and Rutgers.Second, I think no conference or school should have an automatic slot. Imagine a conference winner with a 7-5 overall season record getting the nod over an 10-2 conference third place team. Some best teams in some conferences in some years are not nearly as good as some almost good teams in some other conferences.The AQ rules, whether for the new playoff system or the old BCS, will always lead to failure since they are inherently unfair.

Great point. Sirc UConn a couple of years ago.

November 24, 2012  03:30 PM ET

Ohio State is 12 - 0 !!!! Eff Meatchicken. Brady is a **** joke.

November 24, 2012  05:20 PM ET

Does Pitt mudholing them help or hurt recruiting?

November 24, 2012  06:45 PM ET
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Rutgers made a great decision maybe the best in their schools history joining the Big 10/14.

You bet especially after they are blown up by Indiana, Purdue, and Illinois.

 
November 24, 2012  08:35 PM ET

They are competitive now with the bottom feeders plus Maryland. Problem is they will likely be in the Leaders Div with OSU, PSU, & Wisky.

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