Alleged victim recounts disturbing incident involving Rutgers’ Leonte Carroo

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It’s been a very, very bad last couple of weeks for the Rutgers football program, and this won’t make things any better.  In fact, quite the opposite.

This past weekend, star Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended by Kyle Flood for what turned out to be a charge of simple assault involving a domestic violence incident.  Specifically, Carroo has been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility.

On Wednesday, the alleged victim, who is not being named, spoke to the Bergen Record about the incident, added disturbing details to an already disturbing storyline.

The alleged victim, who works in the RU football facility, claims she was confronted by Carroo’s current girlfriend and a group of individuals outside of the Hale Center following the RU-Washington State game Saturday.  At some point, Carroo reportedly became aware of the confrontation between his ex and his current girlfriend and, despite being warned not to get involved by someone in the locker room, went out amidst the disturbance and, again allegedly, grabbed the ex from behind to initiate the alleged assault.  From the Record‘s report:

Her voice shaky at times, the woman, who is from Bergen County, said she recalled “just going high in the air.”

“He picked me up and just dropped me,” said the woman, who asked that her name not be used. “I remember that slam. I remember hitting the ground and seeing all those people around me.”

“He knows his own strength. He shouldn’t have done it. I’m 107 pounds. He shouldn’t have thrown me into the concrete,” said the woman, who injured her hip, palms and the left side of her head, according to the court complaint. Carroo is listed by the football program as 6 feet 1 inch and 215 pounds.

After hitting the ground, she said, she believes she blacked out for about 10 seconds. “When I looked up, I had a crowd of about 15 people around me. One girl was hitting me with a [traffic] cone,” she said.

“I have never been so scared,” she said.

None of the other individuals allegedly involved, including the current girlfriend, have been charged. Carroo has pleaded not guilty, and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 1. He remains suspended from the football program.

“The position we are taking is that any response we make will be in the courtroom,” Carroo’s attorney, Peter Gilbreth, told the Record. “This is not going to be litigated in the press. It will be litigated in the courtroom.”

In addition to Carroo’s off-field woes, six members of the Scarlet Knights were arrested in connection to either an aggravated assault or a series of home invasion robberies and were dismissed from the program in the last month. On top of that, RU’s head coach has been suspended for the next three games for improper contact with a faculty member.

No. 4 dual-threat JUCO QB in 2019 to transfer from Middle Tennessee State

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Middle Tennessee State was the landing spot for a Power Five football transfer earlier this month.  Now, the Conference USA school is on the wrong end of the portal.

According to 247Sports.com, Randall Johnson has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database.  An MTSU official has subsequently confirmed that the quarterback is indeed listed in the portal.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

Johnson began his collegiate career at Reedley College in 2018.  As a true freshman, he was named as the Golden Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  That year, the California native threw for 2,832 yards and 28 touchdowns.  He also ran for another 797 yards and 14 scores.

In the 2019 recruiting cycle, Johnson was a three-star prospect.  On the 247Sports.com composite, Johnson was rated as the No. 4 dual-threat junior-college quarterback.

In his only season with the Blue Raiders, Johnson played in one game.  In that lone appearance, Johnson ran for three yards on a pair of carries. He didn’t attempt a pass.

May 18, Kenneth Major committed to MTSU.  The cornerback was a starter at Purdue.  He’ll be eligible to play for the Blue Raiders in 2020.

Middle Tennessee State is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign.  That was the program’s worst record since going 2-10 in 2011.  MTSU also saw its school-record streak of bowl appearances end at four in a row.

Tulsa WR Malik Jackson plunges into the transfer portal

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You can officially put Tulsa on the football transfer portal tote board for the first time in a while.  And not in a good way.

According to 247Sports.com, Malik Jackson has made his way into the NCAA transfer database.  That would be the wide receiver’s first step in ultimately leaving the Tulsa football team.

Thus far, there been no word from either the program or the player on Jackson’s status moving forward.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

Jackson was a two-star member of the Tulsa football Class of 2017.  The Taylor, Texas, native didn’t see the field at all during his time with the Golden Hurricane.

It’s likely Jackson will be leaving the AAC school as a graduate transfer.  That would allow him to play immediately in 2020.  He would also have another season of eligibility to use in 2021 as well.

Earlier this offseason, Tulsa had welcomed a trio of Power Five transfer into the football program.

Two are former Texas A&M football players — linebacker Brian Johnson and running back Deneric Prince — while one is from Oklahoma State — tight end Grayson Boomer.

All three of those transfers will have to sit out the 2020 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws. Johnson and Prince will have two years of eligibility remaining, Boomer three.

Western Kentucky starting TE Kyle Fourtenbary transfers to FCS Northern Iowa

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One erstwhile Western Kentucky football player has found himself a new college football home. Unofficially, of course.

Late last month, Kyle Fourtenbary opted to enter into the NCAA transfer database.  That was his first official step in leaving the Western Kentucky football team.  Three weeks later, the tight end took the next by announcing on Twitter he is headed to Northern Iowa.

The Panthers play at the FCS level.  That will allow Fourtenbary to play immediately in 2020.  He is also a WKU graduate, so that would’ve granted him immediate eligibility as well.

The upcoming season will be Fourtenbary’s final one.  At least, at the collegiate level it will.

“Excited to announce that I will be transferring to the University of Northern Iowa to finish up my last year of college football!” Fourtenbary tweeted. “Looking forward to a great season.”

A two-star 2016 signee, Fourtenbary redshirted as a true freshman.  The following year, he caught eight passes for 96 yards.  Those numbers were good for third among Hilltoppers tight ends.

The 2018 campaign turned out to be a breakout season for Fourtenbary.  That year, the 6-4, 245-pound Alabama native caught 36 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns.  He started 11 of the 12 games in which he played.

Entering the 2019 season, Fourtenbary was named as part of the Mackey Award preseason watch list.  Last year, though, he totaled just 108 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions in the first season under new head coach Tyson Helton.

Mississippi State’s Jarrian Jones switches Egg Bowl sides, announces transfer to Ole Miss

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Jarrian Jones spent the first portion of the Egg Bowl rivalry on the Mississippi State side.  Now, he’s headed to the other.

Earlier this week, Jarrian Jones became the fifth Mississippi State football player to enter the NCAA transfer database in seven weeks.  This weekend, he became the latest MSU player to find new home as the defensive back has flipped to the Ole Miss side of the Egg Bowl rivalry.

Jones was a four-star member of the Mississippi State football Class of 2019.  The Mississippi native was the No. 18 safety in the country on the 247Sports.com composite.  He was also the No. 13 prospect regardless of position in his home state.  Only three signees in the class that year for MSU were rated higher than Jones.

As a true freshman, Jones started one of the dozen games in which he played.  In those appearances, he was credited with 12 tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

After sitting out the 2020 season, the defensive back will have three years of eligibility to use starting in 2021.

The four other Mississippi State football players who have entered the portal in nearly seven weeks?