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Here's What NCAA Violations Rutgers Football Might Have Committed

The NCAA handed Rutgers a Notice of Allegations today regarding potential violations.

The NCAA's NOA to Rutgers came after an 18-month investigation. Between September 2011 and the fall of 2015, Rutgers is charged with seven violations of NCAA bylaws, all by the football program.

Six of the violations are "Level II", while one is a "Level III" violation. NCAA violations are categorized by tiers, ranging from Level I (severe breach of conduct) to Level IV (incidental issues).

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi detailed the allegations in an open letter, posted on the school's athletics website. In it, Barchi says the allegations center around former head football coach Kyle Flood and an unnamed assistant (reportedly ex-secondary coach Darrell Wilson), the prospective student-athlete host/hostess program and a staff member in charge of overseeing the drug testing program.

There is also a "failure to monitor" charge levied against the university.

Here is a quick run-thru on some of the charges:

  • Flood is charged with providing former cornerback Nadir Barnwell 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."
  • He is also charged with "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the football program." Both of these are Level II violations.
  • Wilson, who coached at Rutgers from 2013-15, is alleged to have had improper off-campus recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete in May 2014. That is the lone Level III violation Rutgers is facing.
  • However, Wilson is also charged with "unethical conduct for providing false or misleading information to the NCAA and the institution during the investigation." That's a Level II transgression.
  • The Rutgers host/hostess program was allegedly not supervised properly, and two student hostesses are accused of having "impermissible off-campus contact and electronic correspondence" with prospective student-athletes. Additionally, the former football director of recruiting is accused of improperly publicizing the recruitment of student-athletes. These are Level II violations.
  • Lastly, the "University and the Director of Sports Medicine (Dr. Robert Monaco) 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." The NCAA alleges that Rutgers allowed 16 players to play after they failed drug tests. These fall under the umbrella of Level II violations, and the "failure to monitor" charge centers around the football program mishandling its host/hostess and drug-testing programs.

Barchi goes on to outline the improvements Rutgers has undertaken institutionally, and the fact the university has cooperated with the NCAA investigation. These measures could be important in determining any punishments levied on the football program.

For years, Rutgers' athletic department was marred by administrative leadership that was wholly incompetent. The same could be said of the football program under Kyle Flood. Now, with new AD Pat Hobbs and head football coach Chris Ash in charge, RU seems to be in more stable hands.

However, it still is paying the price for its past sins, as today's news proves.