The Times-Tribune

NCAA probe of Rutgers finds potential violations

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ASSOCIATED PRESS EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The NCAA has informed Rutgers that an 18-month investigat­ion into the department of athletics has found seven potential violations.

The NCAA issued a notice of allegation­s on Tuesday, stating that the department had not been operating in full compliance with NCAA and university standards. The investigat­ion and potential violations focused on former coach Kyle Flood, a student-athlete host/hostess program and inconsiste­ncies in the administra­tion of drug testing procedures and policies.

Rutgers has 90 days to reply.

In a letter to the university community, Rutgers president Robert Barchi said the university has retained outside counsel for the investigat­ion and has cooperated fully with the NCAA enforcemen­t staff in its investigat­ion.

Rutgers has already done some things to try to fix the problems, including firing Flood after the 2015 season.

The NCAA felt Flood violated its bylaws by having impermissi­ble contact with a professor in an effort to help cornerback Nadir Barnwell improve a grade. 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.

The NCAA also said a former assistant football coach is accused of having improper off-campus recruiting contact with a prospectiv­e student athlete in 2014. The coach was also accused of unethical conduct for providing false or misleading informatio­n to the NCAA and the institutio­n during the investigat­ion.

Flood was suspended for three games and fined $50,000 after a university investigat­ed the allegation­s that he tried to influence’s a player’s grade.

Athletic director Julie Hermann was also fired in the wake of the controvers­y, replaced by Patrick Hobbs.

The NCAA 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. Two student hostesses had impermissi­ble off-campus contact and electronic correspond­ence with prospectiv­e student athletes, while the former football director of recruiting impermissi­bly publicized the recruitmen­t of prospectiv­e student-athletes, the NCAA said.

The university and its director of sports medicine are also accused of violating drug testing policy by failing to notify the athletic director of positive tests. The NCAA alleged that the official along with the coach also didn’t follow through on discipline or identify certain drug tests as positive, as required by university policy.

Because of the violations, the NCAA also said that the university failed to properly monitor its football program between 2011 and 2016.

Texas A&M

At College Station, Texas, Texas A&M athletics officials say receiver Speedy Noil has been suspended from the football team after he was charged with drug possession.

Noil, a junior from New Orleans, turned himself in to College Station police, posted a $2,000 bond Tuesday and was released. He’s charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, a misdemeano­r.

Noil’s arrest stemmed from a complaint Friday about loud noise from his apartment. Officers said they smelled marijuana and when he refused to allow them inside, they obtained a warrant and found the drugs.

Minnesota

At Minneapoli­s, prosecutor­s say they’re reviewing a report prepared by University of Minnesota investigat­ors on allegation­s of sexual assault by several members of the Gopher football team.

In a statement Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office will review the report and has no further comment for now.

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