NCAA sends notice of allegations to Rutgers with seven possible violations
Rutgers has been flagged for seven violations that occurred under coach Kyle Flood
The NCAA has issued a notice of allegations to Rutgers football noting seven possible violations.
The violations include academic misconduct that occurred under former coach Kyle Flood, who was suspended for three games by Rutgers before being fired in 2015.
Flood is accused of providing an extra impermissible benefit to cornerback Nadir Barnwell after Flood directly contacted one of Barnwell's professors asking for Barnwell to receive special consideration in the course.
Along with the allegations of academic misconduct, the other possible violations reportedly include wrongdoing involving recruits and inconsistencies in the program's drug testing policies. The NCAA has labeled the entire set of violations as a Level II case, and the school will be charged with "failure to monitor" with regards to the misconduct that occurred under Flood.
Here is the full list of NCAA violations found in the investigation, via Rutgers:
- The former head football coach is alleged to have provided a former student-athlete with an impermissible extra benefit by directly contacting a professor seeking special consideration for the student-athlete in an academic course relating to the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, he is charged with failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the football program, violating the principles of NCAA head coach responsibility legislation. Both allegations are deemed Level II by the NCAA.
- A former assistant football coach is alleged to have had improper off-campus recruiting contact with a prospective student athlete in 2014 (Level III) and the NCAA has also charged the coach with unethical conduct for providing false or misleading information to the NCAA and the institution during the investigation. (Level II)
- The NCAA has alleged that between the 2011-12 academic year and the fall of 2015, the Rutgers football host/hostess program, staffed by student workers, was not properly operated and supervised as required by NCAA legislation; that two student hostesses had impermissible off-campus contact and electronic correspondence with prospective student athletes; and that the former football director of recruiting impermissibly publicized the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. (Level II)
- It is alleged that between September 2011 and the fall of 2015, the University and the director of sports medicine employed practices and procedures that violated the institution's drug-testing policy by: failing to notify the director of athletics of positive drug tests; along with the former head football coach, failing to implement prescribed corrective and disciplinary actions and penalties; and failing to identify select drug tests as positive in accordance with university policy. (Level II)
- Because of the scope of these alleged violations, the NCAA has also alleged that between 2011 and 2016, the university failed to monitor its football program regarding its host/hostess program and drug-testing program. (Level II)
Rutgers has begun reviewing the allegations and has 90 days to file an appeal with the NCAA's committee on infractions before having a hearing to determine any necessary punishment.
According to NJ.com, Rutgers officials hope the NCAA will not levy extra punishment on the program and will accept the measures already taken by the school in firing Flood and his coaching staff as well as former athletic director Julie Hermann following the scandal.
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