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Report: Rutgers AD Juile Hermann could be on the chopping block this weekend


Many assume Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood won’t survive this disappointing and scandal-ridden fourth season of his. But it could be his boss, the highly controversial Julie Hermann, that receives the ax first.

According to a report from Keith Sargeant of, Hermann could see her 30-month tenure end as soon as this weekend.

“Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is expected to meet with university President Robert Barchi before the end of the weekend, three people familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media on Friday,” Sargeant wrote. “The meeting, presumably called by Barchi, is the first evidence the university’s administration is preparing to act.”

Sargeant writes that Hermann has been kept in the dark while the university conducts a top-to-bottom investigation into the football program’s compliance efforts. Flood was suspended three games and fined $50,000 earlier this season for overriding the church-state relationship between football and academics.

The results of that investigation could find Rutgers joining the ranks of Illinois and Central Florida among schools looking to hire an AD and head football coach at the same time.

“The futures of Flood and Hermann could hang on a report being compiled by the university’s office of enterprise risk management, ethics and compliance,” wrote Sargeant. “The report is expected to detail allegations of failed drug tests and other issues that could result in NCAA infractions and possible sanctions, multiple people familiar with the situation have told NJ Advance Media.”

In addition to a losing season on the field, Rutgers football has dealt with drug suspensions and player arrests off the field this fall.


Report: Rutgers suspends starting safety Anthony Cioffi

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Cioffi #31 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights wrestles the ball out of the hands of Gabe Marks #9 of the Washington State Cougars forcing an incomplete pass during the fourth quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Washington State won 37-34. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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A season that began with off-field issues will apparently end that way as well with Rutgers.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, is reporting that defensive back Anthony Cioffi has been suspended for this weekend’s game against Army. The only reason given was your standard-issue violation of unspecified team rules.

The same source told the website that the starting free safety had not practiced at all this week. The program did list him as questionable for the game because of an unspecified upper-body injury.

As a result of the suspension, running back Josh Hicks will be moved to the secondary for the Army game.

Cioffi started the first 10 games this season.  The past two seasons, he started a total of 10 games at cornerback.

Six players were arrested and ultimately dismissed from the program in September for a pair of off-field incidents that led to legal charges in both cases. Star wide receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended for two games for his own legal run-in. Additionally, Kyle Flood, who many believe won’t return as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach next season, was suspended for three games for impermissible contact with an RU faculty member.

Kyle Flood’s QB decision leaves sportswriter puzzled

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There may be nothing that can be done to make this season end on a positive note for Rutgers. Losers of four straight games by a minimum of 17 points, and in a season that has seen a share of suspensions, off-field concerns and the head coach suspended for three games, it has been a rough season for Rutgers that cannot end soon enough. In the little time that remains though, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood has a job to do and his decision-making will continue to be questioned along the way.

In a post published on today by Dan Duggan, Flood’s decision to stand pat with starting quarterback Chris Laviano is labeled as “inexplicable.”

“But college football is a bottom-line business. And the bottom line has been abysmal recently for Laviano, who has completed 38-of-87 passes (43.7 percent) for 410 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions during the losing streak.

Despite those struggles, Flood steadfastly has stood behind his first-year starter. Meanwhile, the calls for a quarterback change grow louder each week from the segment of the fan base that hasn’t completely checked out on this season.”

As mentioned, Laviano’s line in the weekly box scores has not been pretty. Four games, four losses, zero touchdown passes and five interceptions. Laviano has thrown 12 touchdown passes this season, with 11 interceptions as well. Changing quarterbacks and going with Hayden Rettig will not instantly turn things around to the point where Rutgers fans can look at this season as a success, but it might be worth the opportunity to allow him some mroe playing time in these final two weeks of the season to see what he can do if only because Laviano has struggled over the past month.

Rutgers plays on the road against Army this week and wraps up the 2015 season at home against Maryland. Last weekend’s loss to Nebraska officially eliminated the Scarlet Knights from postseason eligibility after making the postseason in their first year as a Big Ten member.

Week 11, Statistically Speaking

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A statistical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.886 — Percentage of plays that have been rushing attempts for Navy (537 of 606) in 2015, the highest in the FBS.

.9 — Yards per carry South Carolina averaged on 23 carries in a 24-14 loss to Florida.

2 — Number of players who caught passes for Northern Illinois in its Thursday night win over Buffalo.  Aregeros Turner hauled in a career-high nine passes for 49 yards, while Kenny Golladay totaled six receptions for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

6 — School-record passing touchdowns for Jake Rudock in Michigan’s double-overtime win over Indiana.  Four of those went to Jehu Chesson, which tied a school record as well.

Miami v North Carolina7 — Career punt returns for touchdowns by North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer, one off the FBS record of eight held by Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins and Texas Tech’s Wes Welker.

13 — Players who were credited with at least one carry in Navy’s 55-14 win over SMU.

15 — Consecutive 100-yard rushing games for Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, the top such streak in the country.

21 — Teams that have multiple national championships and produced at least one Heisman winner: Alabama, Army, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.

23 — Consecutive games in which TCU has scored a first-quarter touchdown.  It’s the second-longest streak the last 20 years, behind only Stanford’s 25 straight from 2009-11.

28 — Consecutive regular season conference games in which Ohio State has scored at least 20 points, the longest active streak among Power Five schools.  Georgia Tech and TCU are next at 20 straight.

Maryland v Michigan State28 — Interceptions Maryland has thrown this season.  The next closest is Charlotte with 21.

31 — Including the Week 11 matchup with Virginia Tech, the number of Thursday night ESPN games Georgia Tech has appeared in, the most of any FBS team.  23 of those games were played at Bobby Dodd Stadium, also the most at this level.  Tech’s opponent this past Thursday, Virginia Tech, is next at 30 total appearances.

32 — Wins for Stanford’s Kevin Hogan and Michigan State’s Connor Cook, the most of any active FBS quarterbacks.  Wisconsin’s Joel Stave and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds are next with 29 each.

55 — Different mascot headgears Lee Corso has donned making his selections on ESPN‘s College GameDay show after picking Baylor to beat Oklahoma.

78— MAC head-coaching wins for Ohio’s Frank Solich, moving him past Bowling Green’s Doyt Perry‘s 77 from 1955-64 and into fourth place on the conference’s all-time list.  Next up is the 79 by Marshall’s Bob Pruett (1997-03).

Wake Forest v Notre Dame98 — Yards on a touchdown run by Josh Adams against Wake Forest, the longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history

134 — Touchdowns allowed by the Alabama defense since 2009, the fewest in the FBS. Florida is next with 174, followed by LSU’s 179.

227 — Games Memphis has gone without returning a kickoff for a touchdown.  The last one came in November of 1996 against Tennessee.

230 — Rushing yards for Marlon Mack in USF’s upset of Temple that made the Bulls bowl-eligible.  Mack averaged 11 yards on his 21 carries.

238 — Rushing yards for Jordan Howard in Indiana’s loss to Michigan.

244 — Career-high rushing yards for Appalachian State’s Jalin Moore.  The freshman came into the win over Idaho with 203 career yards to his credit.

248 — Career-high rushing yards for Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington in a 15-point win over Kansas State.  Washington’s previous best was 188 in a Week 4 loss to TCU.

271 — Career-high passing yards for Karson Roberts in a win over Utah State, the most by an Air Force quarterback since 1989 (Dee Dowis, 306 vs. Notre Dame).  This was the first time Roberts had passed for 200 or more yards; his previous career-high was 156, set just last weekend.

New Mexico v Boise State281 — Career-high receiving yards for Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck in the loss to New Mexico.

292 — Combined rushing yards for Chase Price (152) and Donnel Pumphrey (140) in San Diego State’s 38-3 win over Wyoming.

402 — Career points for UCLA kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, breaking the Pac-12 record of 390 set by fellow Bruin kicker John Lee from 1982-85.

405 — Career-high passing yards for Jake Browning in Washington’s come-from-ahead loss to Arizona State.  The true freshman also tossed a career-high three interceptions.

453 — Season-high passing yards for Cal’s Jared Goff.  The junior also tossed a career-high six touchdowns in the 54-24 win over Oregon State.

461 — Career-high yards of total offense (361 passing, 105 rushing) for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the win over Syracuse.

471 — Career-high passing yards for Nick Arbuckle in Georgia State’s 41-19 win over Texas State.  It’s the second time this season and fifth in his career he’s gone over 400 yards in a single game.

493 — Points through nine games for Baylor, the third-best nine-game stretch to a start a season behind only 2013 Baylor (551) and 1944 Army (504).

490147750501 — Passing yards by three Southern Miss players  (Nick Mullens, 386; Tyler Matthews, 109; Tyler Sarrazin, 6) in a 65-10 win over Rice.  The three also combined for seven touchdowns, with Mullens tossing five of them.

503 — Career-high passing yards for Brett Rypien in Boise State’s loss to New Mexico.  The true freshman had set his career-high the previous week with 469.

761 — Combined passing yards for Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel (386) and Tulsa’s Dane Evans (375) in the Bearcats’ 49-38 win.

1,311 — Games played by Rutgers in its history, the most of any FBS program.

1916 — The last season Arkansas scored 50-plus points in back-to-back-to-back games, a streak that was ended by LSU Saturday.

1980 — The last time North Carolina started 6-0 in ACC play prior to this season.

Miami’s Brad Kaaya in vs. UVa., Rutgers’ Leonte Carroo out vs. Mich.

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 13:  Brad Kaaya (15) of the Miami Hurricanes passes during a game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sunlife Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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There was good news and not-so-good news on the mid-afternoon star front today.

Brad Kaaya sustained a concussion in the worst loss in Miami history two weeks ago and didn’t play in Week 9’s wild win over Duke.  Ahead of Saturday’s game against Virginia, the quarterback was officially listed as questionable on the injury report.

However, The U confirmed Saturday that Kaaya has been medically cleared to play in today’s game.  The sophomore is expected to start at quarterback for the Hurricanes against the Cavaliers.

At the other end of the spectrum is Leonte Carroo, who has been ruled out of Rutgers’ game against Michigan in the Big House.

Carroo sustained an ankle injury in the Oct. 17 win over Indiana and, after playing against Ohio State the following week, missed the loss to Wisconsin this past weekend.  The wide receive currently leads the Scarlet Knights with 527 receiving yards and has nine of the team’s 14 receiving touchdowns.  His 24 catches are second on the team despite missing three full games and being severely limited in another.