Michigan may not have time for another rivalry. But Rutgers wants in on the fun.
New Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash said Monday at Big Ten Media Days that his team doesn’t have a rivalry with the Wolverines “yet”, emphasizing that there’s room for one to develop down the line. Rutgers is entering its third year in the Big Ten.
Chris Ash says Rutgers doesn't have a rivalry with Michigan "yet." The past four months on Twitter would've told you otherwise.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) July 25, 2016
Jim Harbaugh, like he’s doing everywhere, has made a recruiting footprint in New Jersey and taken the state’s top talent. Rutgers fans are less than thrilled, even though the school has always lost out on top-tier in-state recruits.
In June, a Rutgers secret society vandalized Paramus Catholic (where Michigan’s Jabril Peppers and Rashan Gary played) before a football camp hosted by Harbaugh. They then declared “war” on Michigan.
Rutgers held a camp just down the road on the same day as Michigan’s and partnered with Ohio State to increase interest.
The Scarlet Knights also copied a recruiting pitch that Michigan used last year and got called out for it.
Rutgers beat Michigan 26-24 in 2014, but the Wolverines dominated in 2015 with a 49-16 win.