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A day after a simple assault charge against Leonte Carroo was dismissed, the suspended Rutgers wide receiver was reinstated to the team by suspended coach Kyle Flood on Wednesday.

As noted in this blog a few days ago, the entire Rutgers football program is the subject of a “top to bottom”  investigation by an outside law firm specializing in potential NCAA rules violations.

“Flood reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team,” according to a statement released by Rutgers on Wednesday afternoon.

Carroo’s reinstatement is effectively immediately, so the star receiver will be eligible to play in Saturday’s home game against fourth-ranked Michigan State – a game Rutgers should lose handily.

Flood suspended Carroo indefinitely on Sept. 13 as a result of an altercation outside the football team’s headquarters after a loss to Washington State on September 12. Carroo was arrested by the Rutgers University Police Department and charged with simple assault under domestic violence for allegedly slamming a woman to the ground outside of the Hale Center. Carroo’s lawyer said his client never touched the alleged victim.

The woman, a former Rutgers football recruiting ambassador who reportedly had a romantic relationship with Carroo, was engaged in an altercation with Carroo’s girlfriend and others.

The simple assault charge and a restraining order against Carroo were dismissed in separate court hearings on Tuesday when the alleged victim said she did not wish to pursue the case.

Flood said he met with Carroo before levying the indefinite suspension. After announcing the suspension, Flood said that he would not have any further comment until the legal investigation concluded.

Four days after levying Carroo’s suspension, Flood, himself, was suspended for three games and fined $50,000 by the university for violating a compliance policy. Flood has been prohibited from speaking to the media during his suspension, which ends with Saturday’s game against Michigan State.

Carroo missed two games during his suspension — a 28-3 loss to Penn State and a 27-14 Homecoming win over hapless Kansas.  Voted a team captain, Carroo missed the first half of the season opener as he served a suspension for violating team curfew during training camp.

RU Football Coach Kyle Flood

 

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