In Football the Scarlet Knights are credited with playing the first game of intercollegiate football in 1869 against Princeton. Currently the program is fighting for a Big East Championship under first year head coach Kyle Flood.
Michigan State and Rutgers have battled five times since 1988 with the last meeting coming in 2004 when the Spartans loss to the Scarlet Knights 19-14 on the road. Overall the Spartans are 2-3 in the five previous meetings.
"On behalf of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, I am pleased to welcome Rutgers University to the Big Ten Conference," said COP/C Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason. "When considering the full spectrum of academic, athletic and research prowess, Rutgers clearly makes for a perfect fit as one of the premier public land-grant institutions on the East Coast. We are excited to welcome them within our ranks, and look forward to collaboration and competition with yet another great Big Ten university."
"This is a historic day for Rutgers University," said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. "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."
In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C. Rutgers University formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and unanimously approved Rutgers' application.
"The Big Ten Conference is pleased to announce that Rutgers University will soon join the conference family," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. 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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KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
President: Robert L. Barchi
Athletic Director: Tim Pernetti
Head Coach: Kyle Flood (1st season)
Stadium: High Point Solutions Stadium
Seating Capacity: 52,454
Men's Head Coach: Mike Rice (3rd season)
Women's Head Coach: C. Vivian Stringer (18th season)
Arena: Rutgers Athletic Center
Seating Capacity: 8,000