More than a year removed from the Kyle Flood‘s dismissal, Rutgers’ football program is still being impacted by that era.
Citing sources with knowledge of the situation, nj.com is reporting that, following an 18-month investigation, the NCAA has issued a Notice of Allegations to RU. In general, a NOA “outlines the rules that the institution is alleged to have broken and describes the facts of the case.”
According to nj.com, “there are seven possible violations stemming from allegations that some members of the athletics department had not been operating in full compliance with NCAA standards.” Those violations range from academic improprieties to drug-testing irregularities to the recruiting ambassador program.
In a letter from Robert Barchi, the RU president confirmed the university has received the NOA from the NCAA. According to Barchi, the violations are mostly Level II (Significant Breach of Conduct), the second-most severe under the NCAA’s revamped structure. Barchi also acknowledged that the NCAA has levied a failure-to-monitor charge on the program.
Below are the specific violations the NCAA is alleging has occurred going back as far as 2011, the final season under Greg Schiano.
- The former head football coach is alleged to have provided a former student-athlete with an impermissible extra benefit by directly contacting a professor seeking special consideration for the student-athlete in an academic course relating to the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, he is charged with failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the football program, violating the principles of NCAA head coach responsibility legislation. Both allegations are deemed Level II by the NCAA.
- A former assistant football coach is alleged to have had improper off-campus recruiting contact with a prospective student athlete in 2014 (Level III) and the NCAA has also charged the coach with unethical conduct for providing false or misleading information to the NCAA and the institution during the investigation. (Level II)
- The NCAA has alleged that between the 2011-12 academic year and the Fall of 2015, the Rutgers football host/hostess program, staffed by student workers, was not properly operated and supervised as required by NCAA legislation; that two student hostesses had impermissible off-campus contact and electronic correspondence with prospective student athletes; and that the former football director of recruiting impermissibly publicized the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. (Level II)
- It is alleged that between September 2011 and the Fall of 2015, the University and the Director of Sports Medicine employed practices and procedures that violated the institution’s drug-testing policy by: failing to notify the Director of Athletics of positive drug tests; along with the former head football coach, failing to implement prescribed corrective and disciplinary actions and penalties; and failing to identify select drug tests as positive in accordance with University policy. (Level II)
- Because of the scope of these alleged violations, the NCAA has also alleged that between 2011 and 2016, the University failed to monitor its football program regarding its host/hostess program and drug-testing program. (Level II)
In a statement, the university said it “has already taken significant steps to address these allegations and will continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA to ensure that our athletics program meets the highest standards of ethical behavior and is in strict compliance with all NCAA and Big Ten policies.”
While it began under Schiano, most of the alleged violations occurred under Flood.
In September of last year, Flood was suspended for three games in the wake of a university investigation into his alleged actions. The probe centered on an email that Flood sent from a private email account to an RU faculty member regarding the eligibility of one of his former football players.
The NCAA kicked off its probe of the football program in the spring of that year, prior to Flood’s suspension. The head coach, along with athletic director Julie Hermann, were dismissed in late November of 2015.
Rutgers has 90 days to respond to the NOA.