B1G Night in New York

B1G Night in New York

NEW YORK – Rutgers was out in force Friday night to celebrate its incoming Big Ten membership. In an event featuring Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann and multiple head coaches.

Rutgers and the Big Ten official merge July 1, but the eyes of many are already set on Sept. 13 when Penn State football comes to town.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood worked the crowd all evening with the highly anticipated matchup as a focal point.

"We've got a team from Pennsylvania coming to our house early … make sure you got a good seat," Flood said while addressing a crowd of more than 200 Rutgers fans in Manhattan.

Flood went in more detail when speaking to the media, citing the program's excitement for a "fitting" first game in the Big Ten.

"I think there's a buzz for the fans," Flood said. "It's a game we had scheduled before we were in the Big Ten. I think people were excited about that game. I think college football is best when it's regional. They're our neighbors to the west. They're the Big Ten school in Pennsylvania. I think our fans are excited about that. I think they should be excited about that. … We've got a lot of work to do. We've got a really challenging game before that, but it's probably fitting that that's the Big Ten opener."

The majority of Rutgers head coaches were at the event, including Flood, Eddie Jordan, C. Vivian Stringer and Scott Goodale.

Jordan got a taste of the Big Ten earlier this week when the conference set Clemson as the Rutgers opponent this season. The game comes shortly after a stretch at the Barclays in Brooklyn.

"It's very exciting," Jordan said. "I've never been to Clemson. I'm looking forward to it. It's a great challenge. It's a heck of a scheduling [week] for us. … But you know, I'm used to three games in four nights. It's going to be a challenge. It really is."

Delany addressed the crowd to some of the loudest applause of the evening. He also spent time meeting with Rutgers fans and boosters.

"It's sure nice to be home," Delany said. " … We're so happy to be in this region. We're going to work together … to make our mark."

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann did not speak to the media, but addressed the group as a whole to a loud showing of support from fans in attendance. Hermann ended a 10-minute presentation with an "all-in" mentality after a recent ugly week in the news.

"One way or another, this will be my last job," Hermann said.

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