In a move that could be a sign of further action to come, Rutgers University has hired Bond, Schoeneck & King, a law firm that specializes in NCAA violations. Except, there’s a slight catch. The NCAA hasn’t exactly started poking and prodding and looking into what’s been going on in the school’s football program this season.
Rutgers’ senior vice president for external affairs, Peter McDonough, offered more to Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.
“Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” McDonough said. “This is an ongoing and rigorous process that helps us to identify any shortcomings, to self-report them as required by NCAA rules and to remedy them as best practices demand.”
That said, this is a move that could potentially only end up helping Rutgers in the future if violations are indeed found. Such findings can be self-reported to the NCAA in that case, and that could easily mean not drawing a majorly harsh punishment.
Per Sargeant’s report, the investigation appears to be solely focusing on an unidentified player who remained on the team despite failing multiple drug tests along with allegations against the school’s “ambassador program,” which has come under scrutiny since star receiver Leonte Carroo’s arrest for assault last month. That charge is expected to be dropped, but the arrest itself is a black mark on the program.
Moreover, this investigation is necessary because of coach Kyle Flood’s three-game suspension for disobeying university orders to NOT get in touch with a player’s professor regarding grades. If any further incidents of such are found to have occurred by the firm, this could spell trouble for the Scarlet Knights.
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