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Cincinnati, Miami agree to home-and-home next two years

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Following up on reports that first surfaced earlier in the morning, Cincinnati and Miami announced late Tuesday morning that they have reached agreement on a future home-and-home football series.

The Bearcats will travel to Miami Oct. 11, 2014, while the Hurricanes will make the trek north to Cincinnati Oct. 3, 2015.

The two football programs have met 11 times previously, with the last coming in 1998 and the vast majority during an eight-year stretch from 1982-89.  The Hurricanes own a 10-1 advantage in the series, having won the previous 10 meetings between the teams.  The Bearcats’ lone win came in the first meeting in 1947.

Current UC head coach Tommy Tuberville was actually a part of four of those UM wins, serving as a Hurricanes assistant from 1986-93.

The U’s 2014 non-conference schedule is now complete, with the UC series joining Florida A&M, Nebraska and Arkansas State.  UC now has four non-conference games that season — FCS Stony Brook, Toledo, Miami (OH) and Ohio State — and will be forced to either drop one of those games or reschedule it.  As the always outstanding already has the FCS program off its list of 2014 games for UC, we’ll go ahead and take their word for it.

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 “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, 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. 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.