Rutgers AD on B1G move: 'We're priced to move and ready to go'

Rutgers won't officially become a Big Ten member for another year and a half, but Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti told ESPN's Brian Bennett that his school is ready to go. 

"I think in a lot of ways, we're priced to move and ready to go," said Pernetti. "From a football standpoint, we've done an excellent job of creating some real state-of-the-art facilities. We expanded our stadium three years ago to 53,000, and we're in very good shape there. Obviously, there are always things you want to get done."

A key reason for Rutgers' addition to the Big Ten was, as commissioner Jim Delany put it, giving the conference a "bridge to the East Coast." The league has hordes of alums on the East Coast, and Pernetti says Rutgers is already seeing a benefit in its bottom line. 

"We've gotten thousands of deposits from people who have never had season tickets here before, and I'd venture to guess that some of those people are probably Big Ten fans from other schools," Pernetti theorized.

While Rutgers will bring the East Coast to the Big Ten, Pernetti hopes the new affiliation will help persuade some New Jersey talent that would otherwise land in the Big Ten to remain close to home.

"You look at the rosters for football, and there are a lot of student-athletes at different Big Ten schools that are from New Jersey," he said. "I think the ability to compete in the Big Ten and compete at the highest level and stay in New Jersey is going to be a very attractive opportunity for a lot of recruits."

Part of the reason Pernetti is eager to join the Big Ten is that the Big Ten, unlike other newly-expanded conferences, has been inclusive from the start.

"Within a week after the announcement, we started to receive schedules of future meeting, invites to future meetings, invites to conference calls. Our coaches have been on conference calls, our administrators have been on calls. I've been included on the last two AD calls," he stated. "And it's not to just sit in the background and listen. (Delany) does a terrific job of framing the issue and literally goes down the line and gets input from every single school."

Fans and recruits, however, aren't privy to the etiquette of league-wide conference calls. They just want to see Michigan and Ohio State come to Piscataway. Pernetti shares their enthusiasm.

"I'm so excited about those games, mainly because it's going to give us an opportunity to deliver a lot of great settings and a lot of great match-ups for all of our fans," Pernetti concluded. "We had Penn State scheduled already for 2014, and from the day we announced that the buzz has just been through the roof about Penn State coming to campus. Now the prospect of that happening every other year, and the prospect of a lot of the Big Ten institutions coming every other year, it's got our fans in just a frenzy."


Video: Wake Forest's offensive staff explain their philosophy

Wake Forest has really stepped up their game in the video department this off season with the introduction of "The Wake Way" series.

This installment has the offensive staff explaining their spread system and how they attack defenses, including some of their coaching philosophies.

This is one of those videos that you can bet they're showing to their offensive recruits, especially those guys on the fence as signing day approaches.


SEC makes an investment for the ages

Yesterday, Steve Berkowitz of USA Today wrote an interesting article on SEC commissioner Mike Slive's annual compensation.

The fact that Slive raked in $1.6 million in 2011 was noteworthy, but the real fascinating factoid in the article was that the SEC paid it's TV consultant (Chucklin, Inc). $2.2 million to iron out the details of the SEC Network. The conference paid $2 million to the same firm back in 2008-2009, the year the SEC netted $3 billion from 15-year TV contracts with CBS and ESPN. 

This time around, the the SEC has retained Chucklin, Inc., for re-negotiations of its existing television deals with the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, and one much larger project: SEC Network. Discussions have been underway for one month, and could yield the league upwards of a quarter billion dollars per year.

The Big Ten Network raked in $242 million in its fourth year of existence and, considering the SEC's football crazed constituency, the SEC figures to top that. 

For the Big Ten, revenue has jumped 46 percent since their first fill year through 2011. That could easily become a baseline figure for the SEC. 

In the long run, that $2.2 million investment may go down as one of the smartest investments in college football.

Video: Temple players provide tour of facilities

Temple's Matt Rhule knew what kind of facilities he was inheriting when he was named head coach at Temple, but for those of you unfamiliar with the facilities on 10th and Diamond in Philadelphia, a couple players lead a tour of the facilities in the video below.

As you can see from the tour of everything from the dining halls, to the weight room and locker room, to the training room, there's no shortage of catchphrases and quotes throughout the facility.

Those words serve as a constant reminder to the type of program that they're trying to build in Philly.

Chip Kelly wants his defensive coordinator 'a little off'

Chip Kelly has been searching for a defensive coordinator since he got to Philadelphia, but he wouldn't exactly call it "work".

“I’ve been pretty thorough, unless it’s somebody that I’ve either coached with or had a real good working knowledge of. It’s talking football, talking philosophies, talking strategies. It’s stuff I love to do. To me, that’s not work.”

Kelly explained the need to be thorough during the process, and how it may be difficult to find the right fit when you haven't necessarily worked with, or know someone who has worked with, the guys that you're considering. Combine that with the fact that it's his first time as an NFL head coach making a hire of this magnitude, making a the right hire is extremely important.

“That’s why the process takes a little time. Because if you haven’t worked with him before, and you don’t know people that have really worked with him that you trust, then it’s more than just getting a feel for what they’re all about. And that’s a wide range of topics.”

“You need really, really, smart people. People who are dedicated. You need people who are just a little bit ‘off’ too.”

Ivan Rogers of FanIQ explains that it's understood that Kelly is focused on guys that can bring a scheme that can stop opponents on third down, in the red zone, and during the fourth quarter, and he's not afraid to take his time.

“I’m not worried about who we don’t get, I’m worried about who we do get. I wanna make sure that that person is the right fit, because I don’t wanna be like, ‘God, I wish I’d spent a little more time and investigated this.’"

 As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest developments.

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