Rutgers received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA after its year-and-a-half investigation into the football program during the Kyle Flood era.
There are seven NCAA violations Rutgers committed for failing to meet compliance standards.
One of them was for Flood’s role in having impermissible contact with a university professor regarding the standing of former cornerback Nadir Barnwell. The NCAA deemed that an extra benefit was provided to the student-athlete. Flood was suspended three games by the university.
The NCAA stated that Flood failed to promote an “atmosphere of compliance” in the program. The other violations included “wrongdoing with its host/hostess program” in recruiting, as well as inconsistencies in the program’s drug testing procedures and policies. Sixteen players were allowed to compete after flunking drug tests.
The NCAA deemed Rutgers’ offense a Level II violation, which isn’t expected to cost a loss in postseason games or scholarships.
Though the specific punishment remains unclear at the time, Rutgers is said to have cooperated and taken steps in the right direction since the NCAA began its investigation in spring of 2015.
Rutgers has 90 days to take action. According to NJ.com, the school is expected to appeal the notice and schedule a formal hearing with the NCAA.
Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann were fired in November 2015. That could soften the blow when it comes to the NCAA punishment.
Rutgers president Robert Barchi released a letter to the university. To read it all, click here.
Here were the exact violations of the NCAA bylaws:
- 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)