Just four days after his abrupt dismissal from Tennessee, Janzen Jackson has already found a new collegiate landing spot.
According to Andrew Gribble of the Knoxville Sentinel, the cornerback has enrolled at McNeese State and will play for the Div. 1-AA school in 2011. In a statement released by his new school, Jackson expressed thanks for the second chance from his new school chance while also apologizing to his former school for unnamed mistakes he’s made.
“I would like to thank McNeese for giving me the opportunity to come back home and continue my education and football career,” Jackson said. “I would also like to apologize to my family, friends and the University of Tennessee for the mistakes I have made.
“I realize how fortunate I am to get a second chance and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
While no specific reasons for the dismissal were given by UT officials, subsequent reports stated that Jackson had failed multiple drug tests. The school would not confirm those reports due to federal privacy laws.
“I’m hoping that it makes all the difference for Janzen,” McNeese head coach Matt Viator told the Sentinel. “There’s no question that we’re trying to help the young man. I think that he is sincere in wanting a second chance. Not only that but I think that he’s sincere in wanting to be a part of this program.”
Viator is good friends with Jackson’s father, Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Lance Guidry.
Jackson had started 22 games his first two seasons in Knoxville, and was named second-team All-SEC following the 2010 season.
The first month of the football season at Rutgers has had its share of off-field stories worth keeping an eye on, so the news on Tuesday that the university has hired Bond, Schoeneck & King, a law firm with a history of working on NCAA violation cases, is certainly a bit of an eye-opener. The NCAA is not, at this time, investigating Rutgers. Instead, this is a move to investigate a pair of concerns related to the football program so that they may be properly reported to the NCAA if and when needed.
“Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” Rutgers senior vice president for external affairs Peter McDonough said in a report published by NJ.com. “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.”
According to the report from NJ.com, Rutgers is focusing on one allegation of an arrested player failing multiple drug tests while on the team and accusations related to the program’s ambassador program. The name of the former player was not identified in the report. The ambassador program has come into scrutiny following the evolving case related to wide receiver Leonte Carroo.
The hired firm tends to serve as a liaison with the NCAA, but Rutgers will be given a final copy of the firm’s investigation for review. If Rutgers determines any NCAA violations were commited as determined by the report, that information will be passed on to the NCAA. The information revealed or uncovered in the firm’s investigation will determine if the NCAA will have to do some of its own digging, or merely adopt the firm’s report at face value and decide on any appropriate punishment from there.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.