Rutgers to join Big Ten
New Brunswick, NJ (Sports Network) - Rutgers University has become the latest Big East defector, accepting an invitation to join the Big Ten.
It's the second addition in as many days for the Big Ten, which will now have 14 members. Maryland announced its decision to leave the ACC for the Big Ten on Monday.
Rutgers hopes to join the Big Ten for the 2014-15 academic year, but would have to work out an early-exit agreement with the Big East, which requires a departure notice of 27 months. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are headed to the ACC next year and have already made similar agreements with the Big East to leave early.
Rutgers has been a Big East member since 1991 in football and since 1995 in all sports. The exit will add more confusion in the ever-changing Big East.
Created mainly as a men's basketball conference in 1979 with Syracuse, Providence, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall, Boston College and Connecticut as original members, the league has since expanded numerous times to its current 16 members.
In addition to the imminent departures of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, Notre Dame announced plans in September to leave the Big East for the ACC in all sports except football and hockey. West Virginia left the Big East this year for a move to the Big 12.
In a move to fortify the conference, the Big East added Boise State, San Diego State and Navy as football-only members, while Central Florida, Houston, SMU, Temple and Memphis will be added for all other sports.
Rutgers and Maryland will also expand the Big Ten's footprint to the East Coast, giving the league a presence in New York City and Washington, DC.
11/20 14:08:02 ET