July 10, 2014
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue Athletics takes a closer look at the two new schools entering the Big Ten Conference for the upcoming 2014-15 academic year. Today's focus is on Rutgers University.
Location: New Brunswick, N.J. (55,831)
Enrollment: 40,434 (31,593 undergraduates)
Nickname: Scarlet Knights
Affiliations: NCAA Division I; Big Ten Conference
Endowment: $476,420,328 (2012)
Full-time Faculty: (14:1 student-faculty ration)
Tuition: $13,499 in-state / $27,523 out-of-state
President: Robert L. Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.
Athletic Director: Julie Herrman
School Website: www.rutgers.edu
Athletics Website: www.scarletknights.com
Varsity Sports: 22 (Baseball, M/W Basketball, M/W Cross Country, Football, M/W Golf, Women's Gymnastics, M/W Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, M/W Soccer, Softball, Women's Swimming and Diving, Women's Tennis, Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Women's Volleyball and Wrestling)
U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Colleges' 2014 Rankings
Named the #69 national university
Named the #25 public school
Rutgers' NCAA Division I Scarlet Knights will join the Big Ten Conference in 20 sports for the upcoming 2014-15 season: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's, football, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, softball, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball and wrestling.
Men's soccer and women's rowing will continue competing as members of the American Athletic Conference.
Rutgers competed in the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14 season, and was a member of the Big East Conference prior to its 2013 split. After turning down an initial invitation to the Big East Conference in 1979, the Scarlet Knights joined the Big East ranks in 1991, as a football member, and then later as a full member in 1995.
Rutgers officially announced its move to the Big Ten Conference on Nov. 20, 2012, and officially joined the conference on July 1, 2014.
Rutgers was among the first American institutions to engage in intercollegiate athletics, and participated in a small circle of schools that included Yale University, Columbia University and long-time rival, Princeton University.
Rutgers and New Jersey neighbor-Princeton played the first game of intercollegiate football on Nov. 6, 1869, on a plot of ground where the present-day Rutgers gymnasium now stands in New Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers won that first game, 6-4.
After going 26 years without a trip to a bowl game, Rutgers football has been to a bowl game in eight of the last nine seasons, winning consecutive postseason bids from 2006 to 2011 (missing a bowl bid in 2010). The Scarlet Knights finished with their highest national ranking in school history in 2006, finishing 12th in the nation with an 11-2 record (5-2 Big East).
The men's basketball team has been to the postseason 20 times in its 40-year history, making six trips to the NCAA Tournament and 14 appearances in the NIT.
Rutgers and Big Ten rival Indiana entered the 1976 NCAA Tournament undefeated, marking the last time it has happened in championship history. Both teams made it to the Final Four, marking Rutgers' only appearance in school history, but the Scarlet Knights fell to another Big Ten opponent in Michigan (86-70) in the national semifinals.
Women's basketball has proven one of the most successful sports in school history, playing in 23 NCAA Tournaments, including 10 straight from 2003 to 2012, and a pair of NCAA Final Fours, in 2000 and 2007.
In 1995, women's basketball coaching legend C. Vivian Stringer left Big Ten foe Iowa for Rutgers, where she remains the Scarlet Knight's head coach. She is one of four women's coaches to achieve the 900-win mark for her career.
Rutgers baseball last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, advancing to the Charlottesville Regional on the strength of a school-record, 42-win season.
Rutgers men's track and field has posted three NCAA Champions in its history, while the women's squad has six All-Americans, including most recently the 2006 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the long jump, Shemeka Marshall.
The Scarlet Knight's women's soccer program has advanced to four of the last six NCAA Tournaments, most recently earning an at-large bid after a runner-up finish in the American Athletic Conference.
Rutgers softball had one of its best seasons in recent history in 2014, winning 28 games and earning its first postseason victory since 1998, topping Houston in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Rutgers swimming and diving will only add a team to the women's Big Ten ranks. The Scarlet Knights have earned 19 All-America honors over the last 15 years, including 2014 platform diver Nicole Scott.
Rutgers women's tennis boasts an impressive streak of academic achievements to pair with its success on the court, including a 16-win 2014 season. The Scarlet Knights have posted a perfect APR score in five of the last six years and seven all-academic teams.
Since its inception in 1887, the Scarlet Knight's men's lacrosse team has won 560 games and two national championships as well as producing 197 All-Americans and 10 lacrosse hall of famers.
Purdue football head coach Darrell Hazell served as an assistant coach at Rutgers from 2001 to 2003.
Purdue and Rutgers co-lead an international research and education group involved in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security center to create methods and tools to analyze and manage vast amounts of information for all mission areas of homeland security.
Bernard Marcus (founder of hardware retail store Home Depot)
David Stern (former commissioner of the NBA)
Avery Brooks (actor)
James Gandolfini (actor)
Mario Batali (American chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality)
Sonny Werblin (former owner of the New York Jets)
Jeff Torborg (former MLB player and manager)
Purdue-Rutgers Series Records
In the five sports that Purdue and Rutgers have faced each other in head-to-head competition, Purdue leads the all-time series in three sports and is tied in one other. Purdue leads the overall series in these five sports, 8-3.
Men's Basketball: 3-1
Women's Basketball: 2-0