On the field. Off the field. The Rutgers football team has problems. Rutgers will host Kansas at noon Saturday in its annual Homecoming game. there should be a big crowd so get there early. Also, additional security measures will be in place in the area surrounding High Point Point Solutions Stadium, which is hosting its first football game since the Sept. 12 postgame altercation that led to the arrest of star player Leonte Carroo.
“The safety and security of the Rutgers community is always a top priority,” athletics director Julie Hermann said in a statement.
“Gameday security and procedures are assessed on a weekly basis to maximize effectiveness. Additional measures will be in place for this Saturday’s
Homecoming game. We do not discuss the details of security, as it could compromise the security we provide.”
Carroo, his mother, Lavern Carroo, and his girlfriend, Maria Vega, are facing a simple assault charge for their roles in the altercation, which also involved a woman with whom Carroo formerly was romantically involved. As a result, Carroo’s simple assault falls under domestic violence.
The incident or incidents took place outside of the Hale Center athletic training complex attached to the football stadium.
But Carroo’s attorneys said Wednesday that they have two cellphone videos and eyewitness accounts that they believe will exonerate their client.
Carroo’s friend, Shane Turner, is ready to testify that it was he who made contact with the woman who filed a criminal complaint and restraining order against Carroo, alleging he slammed her into the concrete ground, attorney Jonathan Petty said
Hermann has not spoken to the media since before Aug. 25, but she issued a statement on Sept. 14, after meeting with the football team at practice to discuss its recent high-profile issues.
Since Sept. 3, six other players have been arrested and dismissed from the program for incidents not related to the one involving Carroo. In addition, Coach Kyle Floof will be serving the second game of a three game suspension on Saturday. Flood improperly contacted a teacher of a player concerning academic matters. Flood was also fined $50,000.
“As the leader of the athletic department, I felt it was important to meet with the players to express my profound disappointment over recent issues involving the program,” Hermann said at the time, “but at the same time make the team fully aware that they have my unwavering support.” This program, in my view, falls short both ethically and athletically. Why is Ms. Hermann giving it her “unwavering support”??
Right now, the Rutgers football program is a mess.