Ka'Deem Carey

Nation’s leading rusher suspended for Arizona’s opener

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Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey will miss Friday night’s season opener against FCS opponent Northern Arizona. Mark Yam of the Pac 12 Network reported the late roster news just within hours of kickoff via Twitter. TucsonCitizen.com reports Carey was suspended for what is only being referred to as a violation of team rules for now.

Carey had been tied to charges of domestic violence in December but the two charges from that incident were dropped by the city if Tucson. Carey also had to be removed from an Arizona basketball game during the off-season.

What makes this all so strange, given the timing of the news, is the news breaks just within hours of Arizona’s season opener. To further add to the surprise of it all, Carey was placed first on the team’s depth chart for this week’s first game.

Fortunately for Arizona, the Wildcats should still manage to easily get by FCS Northern Arizona. Carey led the nation in rushing in 2012 with 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games.

The only way Arizona’s top offensive player will play in 13 games this season will be if the Wildcats reach the Pac 12 Championship Game. Possible, but perhaps a stretch.

Daniel Jenkins was listed second on Arizona’s depth chart and should be expected to take the majority of the carries Friday night. Jenkins rushed for 293 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.

Rutgers hires law firm specializing in NCAA violations; NCAA not digging around just yet

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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 WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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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.