Paterno Mentions Rutgers to the Big Ten

During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Penn State coach Joe Paterno suggested that Rutgers could potentially join the Big Ten Conference.

“I don’t know where we’re (Big Ten) going to end up,” Paterno said. “There might be even some speculation that Penn State maybe ought to get into something different or we ought to try to go out and get some people from the East to come into the Big Ten, that we maybe ought to solicit Jim Delany and some of the leaders of the Big Ten, ‘Hey, why don’t we go take a good look at Syracuse and Pitt?’

“Now that they’re out of it, ‘Why don’t we take a look at Rutgers?’ and take a look at somebody that we can bring in from the East so that the Big Ten doesn’t end in State College.”

Meantime, multiple reports indicated representatives from the Big East’s six remaining football programs — Rutgers, UConn, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida — were meeting Tuesday night in New York to discuss their options.

“Instead of looking each other in the eye, what they should all do is turn on their cell phones and show who they’ve been talking to and texting with,” one Big East official told ESPN.com.

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