(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer Just a few months ago, things could not have been more promising for Rutgers as it looked to bolster its place in college sports.
The university said to be the birthplace of college football had just been accepted to the Big Ten Conference. And with that came guarantees of national exposure and big paydays. The conductor of this gravy train was a fresh-faced, popular athletic director.
The state university of New Jersey finally had its invitation to join the elite of college sports. That was in November.
Then April came.
In a span of four days, a men's basketball scandal ripped through the campus. Suddenly, all the buoyant feelings were gone, replaced by crisis and controversy reaching the highest level of the university. Jobs were lost and reputations damaged, the debate rippling across the country.
''There is no question that big-time athletics have some risks. I didn't expect to see them so quickly.''
Those were the wor...