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Friday, August 8, 2014

Big Ten Network makes it official, camps out at Rutgers

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — A bus peered in from behind Rutgers' black practice-field wall. Buzz crept in. Head coach Kyle Flood noticed a difference, he said after the Big Ten Network finished its first on-site production.

"The cameras were on," he said. "I think it'd be disingenuous to say players don't like that. Players at this level get used to playing in front of big crowds and in front of cameras."

Flood, coordinators Ralph Friedgen and Joe Rossi, and Gary Nova met the network on set following practice. Eric LeGrand, a BTN contributor during the season, taped his segment at 2 p.m.

Rutgers' hour-long episode on BTN Live airs tonight at 6 p.m.

The bus rolled in during the morning, its set planted in the northwest corner of Rutgers' F3 practice field.

Dave Revsine, a BTN analyst, live-tweeted his observations during practice. Colleague Gerry DiNardo watched the first-team offense from 20 yards behind.
NOTES: Left guard Kaleb Johnson is scheduled to return to practice Monday, Flood said, after he left early Thursday. Tackle Bryan Leoni left practice early with an injury. "We'll take a look at him and talk to the trainers and see what that's about, but I don't expect that to be something that'll go into the season," Flood said. ... Defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins, delayed by an NCAA Clearinghouse evaluation, finally participated in his first practice. "The most important thing is he's here and with us right now," Flood said. ... Brian Leonard, Marco Battaglia, 2015 commit Michael Dare and Camden High's top prospects all attended practice.

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