South Florida’s wide receiver unit has seen its fair share of attrition over the past several months. The latest to depart the program, sophomore D’vario Montgomery, has already decided on a transfer destination.
Not that there was a whole lot of time to think about it anyway with the season just over a week away.
Iowa State announced in a statement that Montgomery has joined the Cyclones program where he’ll be reunited with his high school teammate, Sam Richardson. Richardson is believed to be the leading candidate to win the starting quarterback job for the Cyclones in 2013 after finishing out the end of the 2012 season.
Montgomery will have to sit out the 2013 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2014. News of Montgomery’s decision first came via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
Montgomery confirmed his intentions to the paper, saying there was “no animosity” toward USF or new coach Willie Taggart.
“I want to thank everybody who did anything for me from USF. I just feel like it’s time to go,” Montgomery said.
Though Montgomery caught just six passes last season as a freshman, he was thought to have a lot of potential and his size (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) makes him an attractive target. Instead, he becomes the third Bulls receive to depart the program over the offseason. Sterling Griffin opted to leave USF and play football at Louisiana Tech and former coach Skip Holtz, and Terrence Mitchell was suspended and will not be playing this fall.
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.