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Pioneering back procedure gives Cincinnati TE Jake Golic another shot

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Good story here from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen, who delves into how Cincinnati tight end Jake Golic is back on the field and competing for playing time after a chronic back issue nearly ended his career a year ago.

Golic transferred to Cincinnati from Notre Dame after the 2012 season after playing sparingly at Notre Dame. But Golic — son of “Mike and Mike” host and former Notre Dame/NFL defensive lineman Mike Golic — didn’t play in 2013 after his back issue got to the point where he couldn’t participate in preseason camp.

But a stem cell procedure has helped alleviate Golic’s back pain and give him a fighting chance entering his sixth year of eligibility:

Medically speaking, the therapies utilize adult mesenchymal, multipotent stem cells, taken from a patient’s own bone marrow concentrate, and then injected back into the same patient, directly into the injured, damaged, or painful area. In Golic’s case, his back.

As he recovered earlier this year, Golic discovered the pain had gone. Jake and his father then turned up at UC’s spring football game in April, with news that Jake felt better than ever. The NCAA soon granted Jake a sixth year of eligibility and here he is, wearing jersey No. 10 and trying not to smile every minute of ultra-serious football drills.

It’s worth noting the Golic family paid out of pocket for the procedure, something plenty of families may not be able to afford. But thanks to it, Golic — who didn’t play much at Notre Dame — finally has a chance to compete for a starting spot at the college level.

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.