The Rutgers University Football team has had its fair share of issues in recent weeks, with 5 players being dismissed from the team, stemming from charges of assault. Nadir Barnwell, Tejay Johnson, Ruhann Peele, Razohnn Gross and Delon Stephenson were all booted off the team after a story broke of an incident with the five players which left one man with a broken jaw. Rutgers secondary is hurting this season after losing two corners (Barnwell, Peele) and a safety (Stephenson). That was witnessed in the game against Washington State where WSU Quarterback Luke Falk threw for over 500 yards. That game was Saturday, and after that more news broke of senior wideout, Leonte Caroo being suspended from the team indefinitely for a simple assault charge, stemming from an incident which reportedly included domestic violence. Caroo is accused of slamming a woman into the concrete after Rutgers loss on Saturday. The woman who was assaulted is reportedly someone he was romantically involved with.

Head Coach Kyle Flood was under scrutiny as well for reportedly contacting one of the players professors after the player was deemed academically ineligible. Today, Rutgers University president Robert Barchi announced that Flood would be suspended for 3 games and fined $50,000 after a university-led investigation determined that Flood was violating university by contacting faculty about a player’s academic status. Barchi detailed how Flood was found to have emailed the faculty member and scheduled an in-person meeting to discuss the academic standing of Barnwell, before he was removed from the team. After emailing the professor, Flood was warned by a member of Rutgers’ academic advising staff not to contact faculty members about student-athletes, but still went ahead with his meeting. Flood and Barnwell both admitted that the head coach made minor changes to a paper the former cornerback submitted to the professor, who agreed to review it as “partial satisfaction for the requirements of a course the student had already completed.” This led the investigation to conclude that Flodd potentially violated the university’s code of ethics, but did not violate the university’s academic integrity policy. Associate head coach Norries Wilson will serve as interim coach during his suspension, though Flood is still permitted to lead practices during that time. Barachi told NJ.com that Flood’s termination was also considered before punishment was handed out.

Rutgers has been in turmoil the last few weeks, and things don’t seem to be getting any better. The thought is that not only will it be a tough season for the team on the field, but off the field as well.

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