The Big Ten’s two newest schools don’t have any natural in-conference rivalries, but they’re trying to make one happen anyway.
Both Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs and coach Chris Ash told NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy that talks to add a rivalry trophy between Maryland and Rutgers are underway.
“Chris and I have talked about it, and we’ve had initial conversations with Maryland,” Hobbs told NJ.com. “We want to do everything we can to promote all of our games across the Big Ten. But Maryland is obviously a unique opportunity given its location, and so if we can do so if we can do some fun things around that and build a rivalry, I think it’s important — and we’ll continue to have those conversations.”
The Big Ten added Rutgers and Maryland in 2014. The two schools are separated by just 190 miles, closer to each other than any other Big Ten town.
The Big Ten has 15 rivalry trophies, and that doesn’t include “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State. Among them are Indiana-Michigan State’s Old Brass Spittoon, Michigan-Minnesota’s Little Brown Jug and Iowa-Wisconsin’s Heartland Trophy.
Rutgers will forgo a home game in 2017 to host Maryland at Yankee Stadium.
“I think it would be a great deal for both universities, a great deal for the conference,” Ash told NJ.com. “And we’d love to be able to do it.”