Rutgers Rumors & News

  • Rutgers linebacker L.J. Liston dismissed from team

    Newark Star-Ledger "L.J. Liston said in December that he planned to win Rutgers' starting middle linebacker job next season. The rising junior won't get that opportunity, as he has been dismissed from the team by head coach Kyle Flood. "L.J. is no longer a member of the Rutgers football program," Flood said in a..." March 14

  • Former Rutgers & Minnesota QB Philip Nelson dodges prison

    College Football Talk "Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson will not have to serve any prison time for his involvement in a brutal attack that led to the injury of a Minnesota State football player. Nelson was instead sentenced to 100 hours of community service and was credited for serving two days in jail." March 03

  • Former TCU Wide Receiver Cam White Headed To Rutgers

    Frogs O' War "The former TCU wide receiver is set to graduate in May. Earlier today, former TCU wide receiver Cam White tweeted that upon graduation from TCU, he would be headed to Rutgers to finish out his collegiate football career. White did not play for TCU in 2014 due to concussions suffered in..." March 01

  • Tennessee was right to pull the scholarship offer from a top Rutgers recruit

    Newark Star-Ledger "The great thing about the Internet — other than the cat videos, of course — is that the audience is both local and global. So while a column might be about Rutgers' recruiting class, if it includes criticism of another program, you can bet somebody is going to see it. And that's what happened..." February 11

  • Ben McDaniels expected to be named Rutgers offensive coordinator; Ralph Friedgen remains as adviser

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ben McDaniels is expected to be promoted to the Rutgers offensive coordinator position, while Ralph Friedgen, who served as the coordinator in 2014, will remain a part of head coach Kyle Flood's staff in an advisory role, two people with knowledge of the decision told NJ Advance Media on..." February 10

  • Rutgers Commit Marques Ford Makes It Clear He Wouldn’t Re-Consider Tennessee

    College Spun "Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that..." February 03

  • Rutgers Football gets Bergen for a 6th Year

    On the Banks "In a rare showing of compassion, understanding and common sense, the NCAA has granted Rutgers FB Sam Bergen a sixth year of eligibility. Two knee surgeries kept Bergen off the field for two full seasons (2010-11) and most of 2013. But his time on special teams and learning the fullback..." February 02

  • Transferring cornerback Kam Lott thanks Rutgers players, coaches and fans

    Newark Star-Ledger "Friday's report that Kam Lott was transferring from Rutgers came as a surprise because the freshman cornerback had always been extremely enthusiastic about his time with the Scarlet Knights. On Saturday, Lott took to social media to explain that he is transferring closer to his Jacksonville,..." February 02

  • Rutgers wide receiver Ruhann Peele reinstated to the team after legal issues resolved

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rutgers wide receiver Ruhann Peele, a third-year sophomore who had been suspended for the final two months of the season while he dealt with an assault charge, was reinstated to the program and can resume football activities, a person familiar with the decision told NJ Advance Media on..." February 01

  • ‘It’s either gonna be Rutgers or Temple’ for transferring Pitt WR

    College Football Talk "It appears a transferring Pittsburgh wide receiver has narrowed his choices for potential landing spots down to two. Just when he’ll whittle them down to one, though, remains to be seen. Late last week, Adonis Jennings announced via social media that he had decided to take his leave of the..." January 17

  • Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft declares for NFL Draft

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood announced Tuesday during a teleconference to wrap up the season. "I just had a meeting with Tyler Kroft and his dad a little while ago and Tyler..." December 31

  • Savon Huggins on transferring from Rutgers: 'I think it was time for me to just move on'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Savon Huggins made one major decision four years ago when he committed to Rutgers. The running back made another major decision recently when the Jackson native requested his transfer from his home state school. "Basically, I just wanted a new start, something different," Huggins said in a..." December 31

  • Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton says he will return for his senior year

    Newark Star-Ledger "Now that the regular season is over, many underclassmen will turn their attention to the NFL. Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton won't be one of them. The junior said Monday he has no intention of testing the NFL waters. "Not this year. I'm coming back," Hamilton told NJ Advance Media...." December 02

  • Rutgers wide receiver Ruhann Peele suspended for rest of season

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ruhann Peele was medically cleared this week from the upper-body injury that has sidelined him for the first nine games, but Rutgers' sophomore wide receiver was suspended Tuesday from all on-field activity for the remainder of the 2014 season due to his pending court case, Scarlet Knights coach..." November 04

  • Rutgers QB Chris Laviano may get first start

    Newark Star-Ledger "One day after enjoying the most meaningful action of his collegiate career, Chris Laviano handled the first-team reps at Rutgers football practice on Sunday evening. "Chris came out, I thought he was sharp,'' said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who handed the reins to his offense to Laviano with..." October 28

  • Rutgers WR Ruhann Peele, arrested Aug. 30, has hearing next week on simple-assault charge

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ruhann Peele, a third-year sophomore wide receiver on the Rutgers football team, was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with simple assault, according to records in New Brunswick municipal court. Peele, a 21-year old Linden High School graduate, has a court hearing on Oct. 27. Peele was arrested by..." October 23

  • Rutgers' Paul James has torn ACL "Rutgers starting running back Paul James will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee during Saturday's win at Navy. Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood confirmed James' injury Sunday afternoon. James has 363 rushing yards and five touchdowns this season and..." September 22

  • Report: Julie Hermann made Sandusky joke in Rutgers meeting "Only days after athletic director Julie Hermann issued an apology for Rutgers fans' use of T-shirts and banners referring to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Hermann herself made a joke regarding Sandusky in a staff meeting. The Star-Ledger cited "a half-dozen..." September 20

  • Rutgers AD Julie Hermann issues apology to Penn State for 'regrettable actions' of some fans

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rutgers athletics director Julie Hermann apologized to Penn State AD Sandy Barbour for what she called "regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans'' who had offensive signage and t-shirts related to the Jerry Sandusky pedophile case that created a firestorm on the State College, Pa., campus..." September 15

  • Kiy Hester officially joins Rutgers football team after transferring from Miami

    Newark Star-Ledger "On the same day that Rutgers locked up its head football coach with a two-year contract extension, the team officially added a player who could make a significant impact on its future. Fresh off of signing a two-year contract extension, Kyle Flood announced that safety Kiy Hester has joined the..." September 13

  • Rutgers coach Kyle Flood agrees to 2-year contract extension

    Newark Star-Ledger "Any lingering doubts about Kyle Flood's short-term coaching future were put to rest Thursday as Flood agreed to a two-year contract extension, the university athletics department announced. Flood entered this season as the lowest-paid head coach in the Big Ten, earning $950,000 in guaranteed..." September 11

  • Rutgers removes Ray Rice from pregame highlights video "Rutgers is separating itself from Ray Rice in light of the release of a video on Monday depicting the former Scarlet Knights running back punching his then-fiancee. A school spokesperson said that pictures and video highlights of Rice will no longer be shown at Rutgers football games because..." September 09

  • Rutgers training camp: CB Dre Boggs injury forces RB Justin Goodwin to move to defense

    Newark Star-Ledger "After receiving bad news on the injury front with the uncertain status of freshman cornerback Dre Boggs, it didn't take long for Kyle Flood to react. The Rutgers football coach on Wednesday responded by moving his team's second-leading rusher to cornerback. Justin Goodwin, who was enjoying a..." August 14

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Gary Nova Named Starting Quarterback For Rutgers

    Vavel "Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood announced that Gary Nova would be the starting quarterback for their opening game against Washington State on August 28. Gary Nova, a senior, has started 28 games over his first three season at Rutgers. The biggest concern about Nova is his tendency to throw..." August 07

  • Rutgers WR (and N.J. native) Tejay Johnson's career over due to injury

    Newark Star-Ledger "Tejay Johnson battled injuries throughout his Rutgers career. Ultimately, the injuries were too much to overcome and Johnson's career is over. "Tejay Johnson is medically unable to play going forward, so what his role in the program will be, we'll decide as we get into training camp," coach..." July 29

  • Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announces CB Ian Thomas no longer with the team

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Ian Thomas saga has taken another twist. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced Monday night that the redshirt sophomore cornerback is no longer with the team. "Ian did not report back for the summer program and I would just leave it at that," Flood said after his charity golf tournament at..." June 17

  • Report: Rutgers lands ex-LSU QB Hayden Rettig

    College Football Talk "Earlier this week it was reported that Hayden Rettig would be visiting Piscataway as he attempted to determine his next step at the collegiate level. Just three days later, it appears the former LSU quarterback had one helluva trip to New Jersey. While the school has yet to confirm it, Bruce..." June 14

  • Hayden Rettig to take official visit to Rutgers Tuesday, per report

    Newark Star-Ledger "According to Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports senior college football columnist, former LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig will take an official visit to Rutgers, beginning Tuesday. A 6-3, 220-pound pro-style quarterback, Rettig signed to LSU out of Cathedral high school (Los Angeles, Ca.) in 2013. He was..." June 10

  • Victim in alleged Phillip Nelson assault had part of brain removed

    College Football Talk "A story that had already hurtled past heartbreaking has taken an abrupt turn toward the horrific. Last weekend, now-former Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested in connection to what was reportedly a vicious assault outside of a Mankato, Minn., bar. Nelson was ultimately charged with..." May 19

  • Phillip Nelson’s alleged attack accomplice expected to be charged

    College Football Talk "Former Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson was charged with one count of first-degree assault and another for third-degree assault on a former division two football player currently battling for his life. Nelson was not alone in the attack of Isaac Kolstad in Minnesota though, and police are..." May 14

  • Rutgers dismisses QB Philip Nelson following assault charge "Rutgers has dismissed Philip Nelson following an incident that resulted in an assault charge for the Scarlet Knights quarterback and left a former Minnesota State linebacker in critical condition, "fighting for his life." Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning and has been charged with one..." May 13

  • Rutgers prez blames ‘miscommunication’ for LeGrand imbroglio

    College Football Talk "As expected, Rutgers is in full-blown spin mode. This morning, former Scarlet Knight football player Eric LeGrand confirmed to a local paper that he had been asked Saturday to be the keynote speaker at RU’s graduation later this month only to have the offer inexplicably rescinded two days..." May 06

  • Rutgers redshirt freshman tight end Taylor Marini to transfer

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rutgers redshirt freshman tight end Taylor Marini announced Monday morning on Twitter that he will transfer. "I have decided to transfer from Rutgers University and I look forward to pursuing my football career at another institution," Marini wrote. A three-star recruit from Oviedo, Fla.,..." May 06

  • Ron'Dell Carter, three-star Maryland defensive end, commits to Rutgers

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ron'Dell Carter, a 6-2, 235-pound junior defensive end from Long Reach (Columbia, Md.), has committed to Rutgers. Carter earned an offer less than a month ago while accompanied on an unofficial visit to campus by his father, stepmother and brother. Carter selected Rutgers over offers from..." April 21

  • Rutgers CB Bryant Gross-Armiento transferring closer to Florida home

    Newark Star-Ledger "Promising defensive back Bryant Gross-Armiento is leaving Rutgers without ever stepping on the field. A three-star prospect from Sunrise, Fla., Gross-Armiento missed his freshman season after suffering a hamstring injury last summer. He was held out of spring practice for personal reasons and..." April 10

  • Rutgers loses quarterback to transfer

    College Football Talk "Maybe he’s standing in solidarity with journalists over Julie Hermann’s rather boneheaded comments about the Star-Ledger. Though in actuality, Rutgers quarterback Blake Rankin is transferring because he’s not part of the group vying to be the Scarlet Knights’ starter this coming season." April 08

  • Rutgers AD Julie Hermann: ‘Would be great’ if local newspaper folded "Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is not a fan of the media, and she wouldn’t mind seeing a New Jersey newspaper fold. The Star-Ledger announced layoffs last week of 167 workers, including advertising executives, business writers, clerks and copy editors. Speaking to a class of..." April 07

  • Injured DT Jamil Pollard returns to Rutgers football team "Last September, Kyle Flood announced that Rutgers defensive tackle Jamil Pollard would not be able to continue playing football due to undisclosed injuries, though he would "remain in our program." Fast-forward six months, and Pollard has done more than simply remain in Piscataway and work..." March 25

  • Brandon Coleman on Rutgers' young quarterbacks: 'They have a chip on their shoulder'

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Rutgers quarterback competition this offseason will pit veteran Gary Nova against a trio of unproven young players. The three challengers for the starting job – Mike Bimonte, Blake Rankin and Chris Laviano – have combined for zero snaps in a college game. But the quarterbacks have been..." March 04

  • Rutgers 2014 recruiting class position evaluation: Defensive secondary

    Newark Star-Ledger "With the spread offense epidemic overtaking college football, teams are stock piling defensive backs in an effort to keep up. The Rutgers staff is no different as they have signed five defensive backs within the recruiting class of 2014. There is a premium on players who can cover, and the..." March 04

  • Former Rutgers QB Mike Teel hired by alma mater as graduate assistant

    College Football Talk "Mike Teel, who quarterbacked Rutgers to its best season in program history, is heading back to New Jersey as a graduate assistant under Kyle Flood (via AP). Teel will work with Rutgers’ wide receivers in his new role. He’s previously served on the coaching staffs of D-III Kean University and..." February 24

  • Christian Giubilato accepts preferred walk-on opportunity at Rutgers

    Newark Star-Ledger "Christian Giubilato, a utility player from the Haverford (Pa.) School, recently accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity at Rutgers. The 6-2, 185-pounder plays running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety in high school. But he has been recruited to the Scarlet Knights to play..." February 19

  • Rutgers to pay AAC $11.5 million exit fee "Divorces can be expensive, and the one between Rutgers and the American Athletic Conference is no exception. It was announced on Wednesday by both the conference and the school that they had come to an agreement on Rutgers' departure to the Big Ten this summer. “I am pleased to announce this..." February 12

  • Rutgers gets bigger — and it hopes better — with recruiting class

    Newark Star-Ledger "As Rutgers coach Kyle Flood put together his first recruiting class as a member of the Big Ten, he had to walk a fine line. Flood doesn't want to change the emphasis of speed over size that has defined Rutgers' mostly successful defenses in recent years. But it's impossible to ignore that the..." February 07

  • Former Maryland QB says Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin are surprisingly similar

    Newark Star-Ledger "At first glance, Ralph Friedgen, Rutgers' new offensive coordinator, and James Franklin, Penn State's new head coach, don't appear to have much in common. Franklin, 42, looks like he's still in playing shape, while Friedgen, 66, is nicknamed "The Fridge" (it's worth noting that he has cut..." February 07

  • Signing day: Ranking the Big Ten

    Chicago Sun-Times "1. Ohio State The Buckeyes may have stubbed their toe in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, but Urban Meyer hasn’t lost his recruiting touch. OSU has seven four-star players from Ohio in a 23-man class that also draws from the talent hotbeds of Florida and Texas. Locally, Meyer has..." February 06

  • Minnesota QB Nelson will transfer to Rutgers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Philip Nelson spent two years playing quarterback for the Gophers. Now, he could look forward to facing them in 2016, on their home field, under center for another Big Ten team. Two weeks after announcing he was transferring from Minnesota, Nelson picked Rutgers as his new school Wednesday,..." January 30

  • Rutgers receives good news in recruiting with Giovanni Rescigno

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a tough month for Rutgers, especially in recruiting. They've seen multiple commits change their plans and proclaim to go elsewhere -- none bigger than Saeed Blacknall. They did, however, land quarterback Giovanni Rescigno. He seems to bit of an undercover prospect, not playing..." January 28

  • Jevon Tyree's family responds to the Rutgers athletics investigation report

    Newark Star-Ledger "Clarice Tyree, the mother of former Rutgers player Jevon Tyree, provided with a reaction to the investigation results released by the university on Tuesday. Clarice Tyree said there is nothing to be gained by continuing to go back-and-forth, so she provided this written response from..." January 28

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