As it turns out, Jawuan Harris‘ off-field issues aren’t limited to football.
Harris, Rutgers’ leading receiver in 2016, was suspended for the 2017 season opener because of an unspecified violation of team rules. He is also a two-sport athlete for the Scarlet Knights, and has run into trouble on that side of the athletic ledger as nj.com is reporting that Harris has been suspended by the baseball team.
The suspension will cost Harris a total of eight games — a home game this past Tuesday as well as all seven games of a road trip to Florida. This is actually Harris’ second suspension while playing the stick-and-ball sport as he was benched for two weeks back in 2016.
In 2016, Harris led the Scarlet Knights in receptions (39) and receiving yards (481). His three receiving touchdowns were second on the team. Last season as a redshirt sophomore, he moved to defensive back — he started five games at safety — and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.
That might’ve been Harris’ last season with the Scarlet Knights as, if he’s selected high enough in the June Major League Baseball draft, he is expected to embark on a career in professional baseball.
North Carolina’s pilfering of a Big Ten coaching staff is officially official.
The football program confirmed Thursday evening that Henry Baker has been added to Larry Fedora‘s UNC coaching staff. While his specific responsibilities weren’t laid out in the release, it’s expected Baker, who played his college football at Maryland, will serve as the Tar Heels’ cornerbacks coach.
“We are excited to bring Henry to Chapel Hill to join our staff,” a statement from Fedora began. “He adds a unique perspective having both coached and played in the ACC, and I know he will bring great energy to our staff as a coach and as a recruiter. We welcome Henry, Theresa and their three children into the Tar Heel family.”
Baker just completed his first season at Rutgers, where he was in charge of the Scarlet Knights’ corners. Prior to that, he held the same job at FCS Delaware for six seasons.
In the early aughts, Baker was a two-year starting defensive back for the Terrapins before embarking on his coaching career at his alma mater as a recruiting intern.
“I’ve played against UNC and I’ve coached against UNC, and the atmosphere here has always been electric,” Baker said. “To now be in Carolina Blue, this is truly an exciting time for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started.”
After recently losing an assistant to a Big Ten school, Geoff Collins didn’t have to look far to find a replacement.
Temple announced Tuesday that the head coach has promoted Larry Knight to the role of outside linebackers coach. Knight will also carry the role of recruiting coordinator for the defensive side of the ball.
Knight replaces Cory Robinson, who left late last week for a job at Rutgers.
“We always look to develop and promote young assistants whenever the opportunity warrants,” said Collins in a statement. “Larry Knight is an exceptional young coach. He knows how to teach and to relate with our student-athletes. We were fortunate to add him to the staff last year and I’m excited to now add on-field coaching duties to his responsibilities.”
Knight joined Collins’ Owls staff in February of last year as a quality control coach for both defense and recruiting. Just last month, he was promoted to the football program’s director of player personnel.
This will mark Knight’s second on-field job, with the first coming in 2015-16 as Georgia State’s outside linebackers coach. Knight, who played his college football for Central Michigan from 2007-10, was also a graduate assistant at Cincinnati in 2012 and served as a defensive quality control coach at Tennessee from 2013-14.
The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are almost over but one of the best moments to happen over in South Korea came early Saturday morning stateside as Team USA completed an improbable run toward a gold medal in curling. John Shuster and company wound up capturing America’s first ever Olympic curling gold medal and fittingly won by beating the No. 1 ranked team in the world from Sweden in what is now being dubbed the Miracurl on Ice.
It’s no stretch to say that curling is not just enjoying its quadrennial moment in the spotlight but is genuinely seeing interest in the sport peak in places from coast-to-coast. That even includes the bustling winter sports capital of… Piscataway.
Rutgers offensive line apparently tried their hands at curling for the first time earlier this week and The Players’ Tribune sent along a camera to see how they did against a local club.
Let’s just say that the Scarlet Knights should stick to football. That said, a Big Ten curling tournament should definitely be in the works ASAP.
Either way, congrats to Team USA on the gold medal and let’s hope their victory tour includes teaching offensive lines far and wide how to bring the, ahem, hammer.
It was a busy day on the assistant hiring front for Chris Ash.
Earlier Thursday, Rutgers confirmed that Noah Joseph had been hired as co-defensive coordinator as well as safeties coach. Not long after, the football program again confirmed that Cory Robinson has been hired by Ash as well.
Robinson will serve as passing-game coordinator for the Scarlet Knights as well as cornerbacks coach.
“We are excited to have Cory and his family join our program,” said Ash in a statement. “Cory is a fast-rising young coach that will bring tremendous energy and passion to our defense. We look forward to having him develop and mentor our corners.”
Robinson spent the past two seasons as a cornerbacks coach, at Temple in 2017 and Toledo the year before. Those were his first two years as an on-field assistant at the FBS level.