Building a college basketball program in a high-major conference requires time. It requires patience — especially if the school hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991.
When Rutgers University announces its intention of joining the Big Ten Conference Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights’ former conference, the Big East, may see its place in a college athletics placed on life support and its survival may depend on a few schools that aren’t even in the conference.
It’s not BCS chaos, but conference realignment chaos has erupted again in 2012 with the University of Maryland firing the first shot. Monday, Maryland’s Board of Regents approved an eventual move to the Big Ten Conference.