Sure they played in the first collegiate game ever. So what? That was like 500 years ago. If I remember correctly, and I think most of my memory is still intact after 7 years in Morgantown, Rutgers used to suck at football. Really, really suck. Hell, in 2001, we beat them 80-7…and that was a WVU team that won 3 games. Between 1996 and 2004, they won 23 games. Really, really the opposite of good.
Here’s what I want you to take away from all of this: remember Duke? Steve Spurrier turned around an awful Duke team and won the ACC championship in 1989. He then immediately bolted for Florida. Greg Schiano has turned around an awful Rutgers team, getting very close to winning the Big EAST championship. While he turned down Miami this off-season, don’t think for a second that an upscale program in less disarray won’t attract Schiano (cough, Penn State, cough). They are one coaching change away from going right back to being Duke…or worse than Duke.
If you want, just print this posting out, fold it up neatly, and carry it in your pocket. When you encounter a Rutgers fan, just pull it out and use it as a nifty cheat sheet to shut them the fuck up. When they talk about leaving the Big EAST for the Big Ten/Eleven (will never happen) or beating WVU (has happened 4 times since 1916), make sure you have some ammunition to put them in their place.
Unless it’s the big fat guy with his chest painted, which in that case you run like hell lest you become his dinner.