Rutgers Football: NCAA Punishes School For ‘Failure To Monitor Program’

The Rutgers football program has finally learned its punishment from the NCAA.

After receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA last December involving drug abuse and improper contact between the faculty and coaching staff, Rutgers was charged with “failure to monitor” the program and handed down its penalties on Friday.

The good news for Rutgers is the program will not face a bowl ban or lose any scholarships.

“The former head coach took a casual approach to compliance as it relates to the host program,” the NCAA announced in a statement. “He exercised little, if any, oversight of the group, permitting recruiting staff to administer the program with no supervision. As the individual who had ultimate oversight of all aspects of the football program, it is implicit that the head coach was also responsible for the actions of football hosts and, ultimately, the violations they committed.”

The full list of punishments can be seen below, with a number of the sanctions being self-imposed by the university:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.

  • Two years of probation from Sept. 22, 2017, through Sept. 21, 2019.

  • A one-year show-cause period for the former head coach from Sept. 22, 2017, through Sept. 21, 2018. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must show cause why he should not have restrictions on athletically related activity.

  • A three-game suspension for the former head coach during the 2015 football season (self-imposed by the university).

  • A one-year show-cause period for the former assistant coach from Sept. 22, 2017, through Sept. 21, 2018. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from all off-campus recruiting activities.

  • A reduction in the number of off-campus recruiting days by a total of 10 during 2017-18, with five days in the fall evaluation period and five in the spring evaluation period (self-imposed by the university).

  • A limit of 36 football official visits during 2017-18, a reduction of four from the average number of visits used during the four most recent years and 26 fewer than permitted by NCAA rules (self-imposed by the university).

  • A prohibition of phone calls, social media contact and written correspondence with prospects for a one-week period during 2017-18 (self-imposed by the university).

  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).

Flood, who is currently serving as an offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons, was fired by Rutgers in November 2015.

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