Big Ten Network anticipates Rutgers' TV debut during training camp
The first concrete glimpse at Rutgers' arrival in the Big Ten will come during training camp, broadcast from the conference's now-expanding network.
While a travel itinerary isn't set yet, Rutgers will be one of the Big Ten Network's first training-camp stops. This time, instead of a half-hour show from campus, each school's visit will air for an hour on BTN Live, the network's top nightly TV show.
Rutgers won't lack for storylines, said Big Ten Network analyst Dave Revsine.
"Obviously they need to shore up the secondary. That’s a huge one," Revsine told The Trentonian. "The quarterback situation will have to sort itself it out. It’s a huge challenge for them. It’s very unusual.
In two straight years you have to prepare for two entirely different schedules. If you’re in a position where you’re playing all the same teams, it’s far less difficult than what Rutgers is doing."
BTN Live's training-camp coverage from Rutgers will likely include the following:
— schedule analysis
— interview with head coach Kyle Flood, player whose picture adorns the network's travel bus
— segments on new coordinators Ralph Friedgen, Joe Rossi
— look-ins on offense, defense, position battles
— final thoughts, player/newcomer to watch
“I do a lot of preparation in advance, and I know (analysts) Gerry (DiNardo) and Howard (Griffith) do, too," Revsine said. "For me it’s more reading and figuring thing outs when I get there. There’s no substitute to being there."
The network's coverage will be taped and shown from its Chicago studio. The final product will take several producers and crew members.
DiNardo and Griffith visited during spring practice, and DiNardo held a private sit-down interview with Flood.
“This is huge," Revsine said. "We talk about this all the time: It’s the most valuable thing we do during the course of the year. It’s an opportunity for us to look the guys and evaluate them."