Better late than never.
The Big Ten Network has rescheduled its plan of 24 consecutive hours of Rutgers-related coverage to begin Friday, Aug. 1 at 6 a.m. with the football team’s landmark victory against then-No. 3 Louisville in 2006.
The 2006 Texas Bowl, 2008 PapaJohn’s.com Bowl and 2011 Pinstripe Bowl also will be part of the coverage. The 2004 season-opening win against Michigan State and the documentary “15 Days of Spring” add to the football flavor.
For Rutgers men’s basketball fans, the 2004 NIT semifinals overtime victory against Iowa State is scheduled for 1 p.m.
There also will be an hour-long studio show called “The Big Ten Welcomes Rutgers.”
“I don’t want to do a ‘Rutgers Day’ and not have the programming to rationalize it,” BTN President Mark Silverman said on June 24. “And we don’t own the game rights so it’s just taking us longer than we anticipated to get those rights.”
BTN originally planned for “Rutgers Day” to air July 2. “Maryland Day” was set for July 1 and is now July 31.
“We’re working to try to accumulate Rutgers inventory,” Silverman said at the time. “I think it’s going to take us toward the later part of the summer to get access and integrate Rutgers-Louisville game and some of the bowl games.”
It appears those issues weren’t completely resolved as there had been talk of including the women’s basketball team’s appearance in the 2007 NCAA Tournament final or the men’s basketball team’s appearance in the 1976 Final Four.