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A general view of game action between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Norfolk State Spartans during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)
A general view of game action between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Norfolk State Spartans during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carlin, who is the voice of Rutgers football and basketball, donated towards the university's athletic fund in the hopes of upgrading their facilities in an effort to better compete with their Big Ten counterparts (Politi, Feb. 12).

Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014 as part of the conferences expansion.

"You travel like I do to the Big Ten schools, if you put yourself in the shoes of a recruit, it is ridiculous what they have to work with," Carlin said. "If this is going to be what it can be at Rutgers, the investment has to be there."

Carlin, who has called Rutgers football games since 2004 and basketball since 2008, pledged $10,000 towards the university's fund that hopes to raise $100 million.  

"When Pat (Hobbs) announced the plan and came out and spoke to the community as he did, it really made me think," he said. "I've been around Rutgers for 15 years. My wife for four. We were talking about it and asked ourselves, 'What can we do significant that will make a difference?'"

Hobbs was joined by football coach Chris Ash and basketball coach Eddie Jordan in donating $50,000 each towards the initiative. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Eddie Jordan talks to forward D.J. Foreman during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Bruce Thorson/USATSI)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Eddie Jordan talks to forward D.J. Foreman during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Bruce Thorson/USATSI)

Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan was on the defensive about the struggling program's direction Thursday, telling reporters that unhappy fans "don't understand what's going on."

Rutgers (6-18, 0-11) has lost 26 consecutive Big Ten games and is one of four Power 5 conference teams winless in league play. Jordan, who played on Rutgers' 1976 Final Four team, is 28-61 in three seasons after replacing the fired Mike Rice. The Knights' average attendance of 4,483 is lowest in the Big Ten by far.

"I'm sorry. If that's the way they feel, I'm sorry they feel that way," Jordan said about fans who have been critical on social media. "They just have to be more educated in what the real deal is, if they understand what this conference is about, what type of players and teams we're going up against with injuries and being a young team. If they don't understand that, I don't need to read what the reaction is. I don't care about the reaction honestly."

The Scarlet Knights' frontcourt has been decimated by injuries, with three big men out for the season. At one point Rutgers only had seven scholarship players, but is back to eight.

"When people don't see (6-foot-2 guard) Mike Williams playing power forward, then I don't give a crap what they think," Jordan said. "If they don't see the dimension we have to play with. . . . then I don't understand what they think because they don't understand what's going on.

"We have a fantastic player in (point guard) Corey (Sanders), we have good, young big men who are hurt and not playing, we have one of the top junior college players in the country (Deshawn Freeman). If they don't see that type of progress, then I'm sorry they don't see the reality of the situation."

Jordan suspended the injured Freeman indefinitely earlier in the week, reportedly related to an academic issue.

Sanders, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, defended Jordan. "Coach has nothing to do with why our record is like it is and Coach is the reason that I'm here. Just stick with us. We're young right now. We've got people hurt. Coach is doing his best."


Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman drives to the net during the first half against the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman drives to the net during the first half against the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers junior Deshawn Freeman, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, was suspended from basketball activities, the team announced.

"To build a winning program, all of our student-athletes must commit to be successful academically, personally and athletically," Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan said in a statement. "Deshawn has not met these expectations in a consistent manner. He has the opportunity to return to basketball activities once he does."

Freeman averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in seven games this season, as Rutgers has yet to win a Big Ten game this season.


A general view of game action between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Norfolk State Spartans during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)
A general view of game action between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Norfolk State Spartans during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers freshman Jawuan Harris is rare two-sport athlete for the Scarlet Knights: a wide receiver for the football team and an outfielder for the baseball team. 

"I'm a dual-sport athlete all the way,'' Harris told NJ.com's Keith Sargeant.

After playing for St. Thomas Aquinas in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Harris earned a football scholarship at Rutgers, but said the fact he was able to continue to play baseball as well -- he went undrafted in the MLB Amateur Draft last June -- was a large reason why he chose Rutgers over other schools.

"I've been playing both sports for so long,'' Harris said. "It doesn't really strike me as unique.''

Harris and former Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood worked out the arrangements that would allow Harris to play both sports as long as he didn't miss any meetings or class. Rutgers baseball coach Joe Litterio echoed those sentiments, as did new football coach Chris Ash.

"(Ash) said right away he's going to honor what got him here to Rutgers, what Coach Flood promised him and what we discussed going forward,'' Litterio said. "He's been good every step of the way. It hasn't been an issue. He's not doing anything with football (now), but he's talking with the staff. Coach Ash has been great with it.''


Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Eddie Jordan talks to forward D.J. Foreman during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Bruce Thorson/USATSI)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Eddie Jordan talks to forward D.J. Foreman during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Bruce Thorson/USATSI)

 

Andrew White had 21 points and eight rebounds and Nebraska defeated Rutgers 87-63 to end a three-game losing streak Saturday.

The win was overshadowed by an injury to Nebraska forward Shavon Shields. He was taken off the court on a stretcher with 8:49 left after he flipped over the back of Rutgers' D.J. Foreman, landed on his shoulder and struck his head on the court.

The Husker Sports Network reported that Shields, who was briefly unconscious, was able to move his arms and legs.

Shields scored 17 points, Mike Jacobson added a season-high 13 and Ed Morrow had 10 for the Huskers (13-11, 5-6 Big Ten).

Freshman Corey Sanders scored 28 to lead Rutgers (6-18, 0-11), which has lost 26 straight against Big Ten opponents and are 0-15 all-time in conference road games. >> Read more...


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(Jeff Hanisch)

Chris Ash's first recruiting class at Rutgers was somewhat like pulling an all-nighter for a big test.

Hired in early December to replace the fired Kyle Flood, Ash crammed a year's worth of telephone calls, letter writing, visits and cajoling into roughly two months and came away with a class of 17 recruits bolstered by two graduate transfers.

It wasn't a top of the line class, and the Scarlet Knights had about a dozen players who verbally committed go elsewhere. Need was served, though.

Coming off a 4-8 season, Rutgers filled immediate and future holes at linebacker and the offensive line, and it found a quarterback to run a more wide-open offense.

"We weren't worried about chasing stars," Ash said. "We weren't worried about 40 times and vertical jumps and all that. All that is great, and do we want that stuff, absolutely. But there were other factors that were more important at this point in our tenure here that we wanted to try to bring to this program. And there was no number set that we had to try to get, 15, 16, 22 at all. It was the right group of guys that fit what we wanted to try to do."

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Top 25 Class: No

Best in class: Tylin Oden, QB, Columbia, Tennessee. While starter Chris Laviano and backup Hayden Rettig are returning, Oden has the athleticism to run the power spread offense. Ohio State used that offense when Ash was the Buckeyes defensive coordinator and new offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer used that system when he was an assistant at Houston. Oden threw 15 touchdowns and ran for 10 more last season for Spring Hill High School, which averaged 30 points. "We wanted to find a quarterback that fit that system, and I think we hit a home run with that," Ash said. "Tylin Oden is exactly what we want in the system for the future, and Tylin is an outstanding quarterback, a talented kid that can beat you with his feet and his arm."

Best of the rest: Trey Sneed, RB, Orange Park, Fla. He had more than 10 scholarship offers including from North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder rushed for 1,294 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for Fleming Island (6-4). He also served as a wildcat quarterback during his junior season.

Late addition: Ahmed Bah, WR, New York. His signing was announced after Rutgers put out its original list Wednesday. He helped Grand Street Campus to a 13-0 record and the school's first-ever New York Public Schools Athletic League State Championship. Had 36 catches for 793 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season, including five in the postseason.

One that got away: Patrice Rene, DB. He committed to Rutgers in early August but changed his mind after Kyle Flood was fired. He will attend North Carolina.

How they'll fit in: Ash's guiding rule was to find players who fit his program, who had character, intelligence, toughness and would compete. Four are early enrollees and they are already working out. With little depth, a lot of these players should play a role, even if just on special teams. The linebackers are the most pressing need so expect them to play right away.

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Malcolm Hill scored 10 of his 32 points from the free throw line in the third overtime and Illinois outlasted Rutgers 110-101 on Wednesday night, extending the Scarlet Knights' losing streak to 10 games.

Hill also had a career-high 14 rebounds as the Illini (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) rallied after blowing a seven-point lead in the final 29.2 seconds of the first overtime.

Jalen Coleman-Lands had a career-high 26 points, Maverick Morgan had a career-high 20 points and Kendrick Nunn added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points and 12 assists for Rutgers (6-17, 0-10) but he missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds to play in regulation that would have put the Scarlet Knights ahead. Jonathan Laurent had a career-best 23 points for the Scarlet Knights. >> Read more


A general view of High Point Solutions Stadium during second half of the game between the Norfolk State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
A general view of High Point Solutions Stadium during second half of the game between the Norfolk State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

Rutgers landed quarterback Tylin Oden, who decommitted from Louisville, in a three-week span from the time the Scarlet Knights first made contact with him to the time he is expected to sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday. >> More from NJ.com…


Drew Mehringer reacts after a call during the second quarter against the Texas State Bobcats at TDECU Stadium. (Troy Taormina)
Drew Mehringer reacts after a call during the second quarter against the Texas State Bobcats at TDECU Stadium. (Troy Taormina)

Drew Mehringer knows the overriding question about him heading into his first season as Rutgers' offensive coordinator is his age.

At 28 years old, Mehringer is known as a bright young mind in the coaching industry. He is a protege of Houston coach Tom Herman, who engineered Ohio State's potent offense that won a national title in 2014, then led the Cougars to a 13-1 record and a win in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Mehringer was the receivers coach at Houston last season after spending 2014 as James Madison's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State from 2012-13.

While he has an impressive resume for his age, there are questions about whether he has enough experience.

"That's going to be one of those things that keeps recurring until we play some games and have some success," Mehringer said. "The only thing that I can tell you is coach (Chris) Ash is a smart man. I think that he probably did his research. I certainly feel very confident and I have a lot of belief in my ability to get the job done."

The infusion of youth - three coaches 28 or younger - was by design. Ash, 42, wanted to hire a mixture of age and experience, also hiring three coaches 50 or older.

"We have a pretty good blend of youth and excitement and energy with experience and wisdom. That combination is really what I wanted on the staff," Ash said. "I didn't want a staff of all older, experienced guys that have been through the wars. I didn't want a staff that was completely filled with a bunch of young go-getters either. I wanted a nice little blend of that."

While some may see Mehringer's age as a negative, he sees benefits in only being 10 years older than many high school seniors. >> Read more…


Michigan State Spartans forward Marvin Clark Jr. and Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Omari Grier fight for a loose ball during the first half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter/USATSI)
Michigan State Spartans forward Marvin Clark Jr. and Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Omari Grier fight for a loose ball during the first half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter/USATSI)

 

(AP) -- Bryn Forbes scored all 18 of his points in the first half and No. 12 Michigan State tied a school record with 17 3-pointers in a 96-62 victory over Rutgers on Sunday night.

The Spartans (19-4, 6-4 Big Ten) have won three in a row since a three-game losing streak that dropped them well off the pace in the conference title race. They had little trouble with Rutgers (6-16, 0-9) thanks to their torrid outside shooting.

Michigan State led 44-33 at halftime after shooting 9 of 16 from 3-point range. The Spartans finished 17 of 32 from beyond the arc, one game after going 16 of 26 from long distance in a blowout win over Northwestern.

Mike Williams scored 18 points for the Scarlet Knights. >> Read more...


Immaculata High School offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf will get an opportunity to play for his home-state school. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) (Ed Mulholland)
Immaculata High School offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf will get an opportunity to play for his home-state school. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) (Ed Mulholland)

Immaculata High School offensive tackle Mike Lonsdorf committed to Rutgers Sunday, a week after he de-committed from the University of Connecticut, according to NJ.com (Jan. 31).]

NJ.com also reported that offensive lineman Sam Howson, from Pope John High in Sparta, N.J., committed to Rutgers this weekend while on an official visit (Jan. 31).

Lonsdorf, from Bound Brook, N.J., visited Rutgers and new coach Chris Ash this past weekend. He committed to UConn Dec. 13. Then came offers from Rutgers and Purdue, and Lonsorf decomitted from UConn because the school would not allow him to visit those schools.

Former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood did not offer Lonsdorf a scholarship. Lonsdorf (6-foot-7, 280 pounds) put on 60 pounds between his junior and senior seasons. 

"When he left to go Friday (for his official visit to Rutgers), I felt that it had a real good chance to get done," Immaculata High coach Tom Falato told NJ.com. "(Lonsdorf was) in touch with the coaches back and forth. They've been very supportive and excited to have him. . . .I'm very happy for him and his family because that's what he wanted all along.

"I know it means a lot to (Lonsdorf) to play in front of his family and friends, and to represent the state. That's very important to him. That's just the kind of guy he is."

Lonsdorf was Immaculata's top run blocker and did not allow a sack for an offense that threw for an average of 203.8 yards a game.

Howson (6-4, 280) did not have another FBS offer, according to NJ.com.


Ross Taylor-Douglas (29) is transferring from Michigan to Rutgers, and will be eligible immediately. He's expected to play defensive back with the Scarlet Knights. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports) (Rick Osentoski)
Ross Taylor-Douglas (29) is transferring from Michigan to Rutgers, and will be eligible immediately. He's expected to play defensive back with the Scarlet Knights. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports) (Rick Osentoski)

Ross Taylor-Douglas, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back/defensive back, is transferring from Rutgers to Michigan, according to his Twitter account (Jan. 30).

He will be eligible to play at Rutgers immediately as a graduate transfer and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Douglas, a four-star recruit in 2013 from Avon, Ohio, appeared in 16 games at Michigan. In 2015 he ran 10 times for 18 yards.

According to MLive.com, Taylor-Douglas started as a defensive back, was then switched to running back to wide receiver back to defensive back back to running back. He is expected to play defensive back at Rutgers.


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Duncan Robinson scored 10 of his 18 points in the first half to help Michigan build a double-digit lead Wednesday night, and the Wolverines went on to beat Rutgers 68-57.

Michigan (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten) has won three straight.

The Scarlet Knights (6-15, 0-8) are winless in the conference.

Rutgers had only single-digit scorers until midway through the second half when Corey Sanders dunked to pull his team within five points. Mike Williamsscored 17 and Sanders finished with 15 points.>> Read more


The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

As coach Chris Ash infused youth into his coaching staff at Rutgers, he went back to his youth to find his defensive coordinator.

Jay Niemann is the veteran on the Scarlet Knights staff that has three assistants age 28 or younger, including offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer.

The 55-year-old Niemann coached Ash at Drake as the defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.

Ash said choosing his defensive coordinator was his most difficult job.

"I know what I want on the defensive side of the ball," Ash, 42, said. "I know what I want it to look like. I know how I want it to be coached. I know the terminology that I want."

Ash got to see what Niemann's defense can look like firsthand last season when Northern Illinois played Ohio State. As the Huskies' defensive coordinator, Niemann's unit held the Buckeyes' potent offense to 298 total yards in a 20-13 Buckeyes win.

Ash wants to run a 4-3 defense at Rutgers, the defense he has predominantly coached during his career. The same goes for Niemann.

However, Niemann knows you have to coach a system that fits the players on the roster.

"You can't fit square pegs in round holes," Niemann said. "We have to see what our guys can do and hopefully we can build a defense around what they're capable of." >> Read more…


Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft is brought down by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Kevin Snyder during the first half at Centurylink Field. (James Snook/USATSI)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft is brought down by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Kevin Snyder during the first half at Centurylink Field. (James Snook/USATSI)

Former Rutgers linebacker Kevin Snyder was promoted off the New England Patriots' practice squad ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos.

Snyder becomes the fifth Scarlet Knight on the Patriots' roster, joining Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan, Jonathan Freeny and Duron Harmon.

An undrafted free agent, Snyder spent time with the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers before signing with New England on Dec. 16. He replaces the spot left by linebacker Jerod Mayo, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

He played 51 games in four seasons at Rutgers and totaled 229 tackles.

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Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan landed his second pledge in the Class of 2016 in guard Maishe Dailey. (Mary Langenfeld / USA Today Sports)
Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan landed his second pledge in the Class of 2016 in guard Maishe Dailey. (Mary Langenfeld / USA Today Sports)

Rutgers has landed its second pledge in the Class of 2016 in Maishe Dailey, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound combo guard from Beachwood (OH) who recently visited campus.

Dailey, who also had offers from Northern Iowa, Akron and Ohio University, made the announcement on Twitter.

"I liked how comfortable the coaching staff made me feel," he told SNY.tv following his recent visit to campus. "The coaches didnt say my specific role on the team, only that there will be opportunity for early playing time. Coach [Eddie] Jordan said I bring a high skill set to the team. They love my IQ, ability to shoot, pass, and dribble the ball."

Dailey joins Jahlil Tripp, a 6-5 wing from Brooklyn Lincoln, in Rutgers' 2016 class.

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Anthony Clemmons of Iowa dribbles in the first half Thursday against Rutgers. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Anthony Clemmons of Iowa dribbles in the first half Thursday against Rutgers. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Peter Jok scored a career-high 29 points and No. 9 Iowa shook off pesky Rutgers in the second half in posting a harder-than-expected 90-76 victory on Thursday night.

Jarrod Uthoff and Anthony Clemmons added 20 points apiece as the Hawkeyes (15-3, 6-0) won their eighth straight game and their 12th in a row in the Big Ten Conference, dating to last season.

Iowa used a zone defense late in the first half in a 16-7 run that gave it a 45-37 lead, and it opened the game up in the second half with its long-range shooting.

Mike Williams had 17 points to lead Rutgers (6-14, 0-7), which was coming off a 50-point loss to No. 22 Purdue on Monday, its worst home loss.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Eddie Joran reacts during first half against Purdue Boilermakers at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Eddie Joran reacts during first half against Purdue Boilermakers at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Iowa has earned its highest AP ranking in 14 years, but it's using the bad taste of an exhibition loss in November as motivation.

At least on paper, the No. 9 Hawkeyes' longest league winning streak in 46 years doesn't seem likely to end Thursday night at reeling Rutgers.

Iowa finished off a season sweep of then-No. 4 Michigan State with last Thursday's 76-59 road win before cruising to an 82-71 home victory over Michigan on Sunday for its fifth double-digit win in six games.

Now the Hawkeyes have a chance to move into a first-place tie with Indiana by winning their first six Big Ten games for the first time since 1986-87. They've won 11 consecutive league games dating to last season, the program's longest such run since taking 14 in a row in '69-70.

The success has earned the Hawkeyes (14-3, 5-0) their highest ranking since they were also No. 9 early in the 2001-02 season. However, they aren't taking anything for granted on their trip to Piscataway, New Jersey.

"Every time you line up against a top-10 team you want to beat them," senior Mike Gesell told Iowa's official website. "Going into their place, (Rutgers) is going to be hungry. We have to bring our game."

The Scarlet Knights (6-13, 0-6) hope to dig their way out of the Big Ten basement after losing their last five games by an average of 31.4 points.They've also dropped 21 straight league games, including the tournament. >> Read more...


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Aerial Powers scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and No. 21 Michigan State closed the game on a 19-4 run to beat Rutgers 59-48 on Tuesday night.

Powers' steal and fast-break layup extended Michigan State's lead to 47-44 with 4:49 left and her nifty reverse layup made it 56-47 at the 44-second mark.

Powers also grabbed 12 rebounds for Michigan State (14-4, 5-2 Big Ten).

Michigan State went the final four minutes of the first quarter without a field goal and Morgan Green's jumper was the Spartans' first basket of the second at the 7:35 mark. The Spartans trailed by as many as 10 points during the stretch. >> Read more


Rutgers Scarlet Knights teammate celebrate (Danny Wild)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights teammate celebrate (Danny Wild)

Four-star DB recruit Patrice Rene announced on twitter that he has decommited from Rutgers (Chippin, Jan. 19).

 

 

Rene was considered the top-ranked commitment for new Rutgers head coach Chris Ash.

He is reportedly considering fellow Big Ten programs Ohio State, Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska. 

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Purdue Boilermakers forward Vince Edwards shoots over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Omari Grier during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Purdue Boilermakers forward Vince Edwards shoots over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Omari Grier during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

(AP) -- Freshman Caleb Swanigan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 22 Purdue held a 63-23 advantage on the boards in beating Rutgers 107-57 on Monday night, handing the Scarlet Knights' their worst home loss.

Rutgers previous worst loss at home was a 111-69 decision to Lafayette on March 3, 1955.

The 107 points tied a season high for Purdue and the 50-point margin of victory was its biggest of the season.

Vince Edwards had all 12 of his points and eight rebounds in the first half when the Boilermakers (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) built a 33-point halftime lead. Dakota Mathias added 12 points for Purdue which sat its starters with 14 minutes remaining in the game and emptied its bench in the closing minutes.

Corey Sanders had 23 points for Rutgers (6-13, 0-6), which has lost six straight, all in the conference. The Scarlet Knights have lost their last 20 regular-season conference games, and 21 overall counting the league's tournament. >> Read more...


General view of High Points Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University prior to their game against the Michigan State Spartans. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
General view of High Points Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University prior to their game against the Michigan State Spartans. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

Rutgers is set to hire former Purdue assistant coach Jafar Williams as running backs coach, according to NJ.com (Jan. 17).

Williams, 35, spent the past three years at Purdue, which went 6-30 during his time at the university. He previously served as an assistant at Kent State, Northwestern and Howard.

Part of new head coach Chris Ash's staff, Williams joins Drew Mehringer (offensive coordinator/QB coach), Jay Niemann (defensive coordinator/LB coach), Vince Okruch (special teams coordinator/TE coach), Zak Kuhr (WR coach), A.J. Blazek (OL coach), Shane Burnham (DL coach), Bill Busch (DB coach) and Aaron Henry (assistant DB coach), according to NJ.com.

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

New Rutgers football strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker is ready to put the team to work, according to Keith Sargeant of NJ.com (Jan. 15).

Parker is daunted with the task of helping to turn a Rutgers team around that was 4-8 last season, good enough for last-place in the Big Ten.

However, he sees his role with the team as much more than just a coach.

"I truly don't consider my job as a strength coach to be honest with you,'' Parker said. "We are with these kids more than anybody in the facility. In the training room, (the rehabilitation) room, as their nutritionists - we're (involved) with these kids 24-7, from when their girlfriend breaks up with them, to a death in the family. So to sit here and say I'm just a strength coach, I didn't choose this profession to (ask), 'Well, how much did you bench today?' ''

Head coach Chris Ash considers Parker "The biggest hire" he could have made.

"There are a lot of things that the strength and conditioning coach is going to do here in this program,'' Ash said. "I've said this to a few people: 'If I didn't think I could get Kenny Parker with me, I might not have taken the job. It was that important of a hire for me."

Parker looks to change the mindset of this Rutgers football starting with 5 a.m. workouts this offseason. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle had 16 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 11 assists and Ohio State used a big second half to beat Rutgers 94-68 on Wednesday night.

Five other Buckeyes were in double figures for the (12-6, 4-1 Big Ten), Keita Bates-Diop, Je-Sean Tate and Kam Williams had 14, Marc Loving 12 and Trevor Thompson 11.

Corey Sanders had 20 points, 17 in the first half, when the Scarlet Knights (6-12, 0-5) took a 41-39 lead. The Buckeyes outscored them 55-27 in the second half.

Ohio State opened the second half with a 13-0 run in the first four minutes to go up 52-41 lead.>> Read more

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(Greg Bartram)

Chris Ash isn't going to stray far from his roots when it comes to rejuvenating the football program at Rutgers.

It's going to be modeled after what he learned at Ohio State the past two seasons as its defensive coordinator.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Ash said his immediate focus was finding ways to get the Scarlet Knights to play better next season after a 4-8 record that led to the firing of coach Kyle Flood.

"We're not sitting here talking about championships," Ash said. "We're talking about getting better every single day. Does every coach in this profession have a dream of potentially playing in big games like that? Absolutely."

Ash was in the national title game a year ago, and he said it was unbelievable feeling.

Now the job is getting Rutgers to that level, and it is not going to be easy in the tough Big Ten Conference. He is already behind in the recruiting race with many prospects.

"...We have so many things we have to do to try to get this program going in the right direction, to compete in the division we're in," he said. "We're going to do that one step at a time. We're not going to be in any rush, take shortcuts, worry about two years, three years down the road. We're worried about being the best we can be today and get better tomorrow."

Since being hired in early December, Ash has assembled a coaching staff that also has Buckeye roots. Eight coaches and members of his supports staff have ties to Ohio State.

"That was really important to me because they're going to understand the expectations of the program, they're going to understand the day-to-day operations because a lot of the things I'm going to do are going to be modeled by what we did at Ohio State. So that was important to me," Ash said. >> Read more…


Nebraska's Benny Parker drives to the basket against Rutgers' Corey Sanders and Greg Lewis. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska's Benny Parker drives to the basket against Rutgers' Corey Sanders and Greg Lewis. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Andrew White had 28 points and nine rebounds to pace Nebraska past Rutgers, 90-56, Saturday night.

Glynn Watson scored 12 for the Huskers (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing skid and an 11-game conference losing streak. Shavon Shields added 11 points and Ed Morrow had 10.

White shot 11 of 14 and 5 of 7 from 3-point range, marking the second time this season he had five 3-pointers.

Mike Williams scored 22 for the Knights (6-11, 0-4), who have lost four in a row and 19 straight conference games dating back to last year.

Nebraska made its first six shots and 7 of its first 8 en route to a 21-7 lead, and remained in control throughout.

The score marked the largest final margin in a Big Ten game this season and Nebraska's 37 field goals were the most scored in a conference game.

After their slow start, the Knights got no closer than 31-22. Nebraska went on a 15-4 run over the final 5:57 of the first half to take a 46-26 lead into the break.

White had 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting in the half, helping Nebraska to a 54.5 percent shooting half (18 of 33). With four Rutgers frontcourt players out injured, the Huskers took advantage as they converted 10 offensive rebounds into 14 points.

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Seven former Rutgers University football players have pleaded not guilty to charges related to home invasions and an assault.

The men entered pleas Wednesday. The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1Z9y6mb) reports that many of them have applied to pre-trial intervention programs.

Among those arraigned, Tejay Johnson is charged in connection with the assault and home invasion robberies.

Nadir BarnwellRuhann PeeleDelon Stephenson, and Daryl Stephenson are charged in the assault; Razohnn Gross and Lloyd Terry are charged in the home invasion robberies.

Aside from the criminal cases, Rutgers didn't have a stellar season on the field. Coach Kyle Flood was suspended for three games for making inappropriate contact with a professor regarding academics. By year's end, he was fired as was athletic director Julie Hermann.

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(Mitch Stringer)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland went big against short-handed Rutgers - with predictable results.

Freshman Diamond Stone led a dominating performance by the Terrapins on the boards, and No. 3 Maryland cruised to an 88-63 victory Wednesday night.

Stone had 15 points and 10 rebounds against the smallish Scarlet Knights, who were without injured frontcourt players Deshawn Freeman and Ibrahima Diallo .

Maryland (14-1, 3-0) never trailed and finished with a 49-27 rebounding advantage in its eighth straight victory.

Rutgers (6-10, 0-3), which started three guards and two forwards, never had a chance. >> Read more

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(Jim O'Connor)

Maryland is working its way into Big Ten play with a comparatively easy schedule, and that's still a few games away from changing.

Things haven't exactly been a breeze for the third-ranked Terrapins, but there's little pointing toward trouble at home Wednesday night against short-handed Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights (6-9, 0-2), meanwhile, have dropped their last 29 road or neutral-site games against the Top 25 by an average of 18.7 points. They haven't won a road or neutral contest of any kind in nearly a year, going 0-15 with an average margin of 15.3 points dating to a loss at Nebraska on Jan. 8. That includes all 11 such Big Ten games since entering the league last season and continued in Saturday's 79-57 loss to a mediocre Wisconsin team.

"We just wore down with their size," said coach Eddie Jordan, who was down to eight scholarship players because of three frontcourt injuries.

Eight might be optimistic for this game after Jonathan Laurent suffered a head injury against the Badgers and missed Monday's practice, though it hasn't been diagnosed as a concussion.

Deshawn Freeman, second on the team with 13.1 points per game, has missed eight games with a knee injury and will remain out along with Ibrahima Diallo (foot) and Shaq Doorson (foot).

That made top scorer Corey Sanders' two-point game against Wisconsin particularly painful. The freshman averages 13.4 and came off the bench for the first time since his collegiate debut with Jordan addressing his demeanor.

"If you're not on board and you don't have energy and a positive spirit, then you have to learn how to get it, and that's what happened today. It was me partly, and it was basketball gods the other part," Jordan said. >>> Read more…

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Omari Grier works the ball under the basket as Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes and Wisconsin Badgers forward Alex Illikainen defend during the first half at the Kohl Center. (Mary Langenfeld/USATSI)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Omari Grier works the ball under the basket as Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes and Wisconsin Badgers forward Alex Illikainen defend during the first half at the Kohl Center. (Mary Langenfeld/USATSI)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Zak Showalter scored a career-high 21 points on a perfect shooting performance, Ethan Happ added a double-double, and Wisconsin beat Rutgers 79-57 on Saturday.

Showalter hit all eight shots he took from the field, including four 3-pointers, and his only free throw. Happ, meanwhile, scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Wisconsin (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten), while Bronson Koenig added 14.

Mike Williams led Rutgers (6-9, 0-2) with 20 points, while Bishop Daniels added 11.

The Badgers took a 42-31 lead into halftime after shaking off an early challenge from Rutgers. But after shooting 56 percent from the field in the first half, Wisconsin went without a field goal on its first 11 possessions of the second half, settling for just three free throws over the first seven minutes.

Midway through that spurt, Happ went to the bench with his third foul, and Rutgers closed within 43-39.

But then it was Rutgers' turn to go cold. After a layup by Daniels made it 45-41, the Scarlet Knights hit only two field goals over a seven-minute stretch as Wisconsin pushed its lead to 63-45 on a layup by Koenig that completed an 18-4 run. >> Read more...


Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Jonathan Laurent drives to the basket during the second half against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Jonathan Laurent drives to the basket during the second half against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Omari Grier's 22 points led four Rutgers players in double figures in an 89-66 victory over UMass Lowell Monday night.  

Jonathan Laurent had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (6-7), who completed their non-conference schedule on a two-game winning streak. Corey Sanders added 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Mike Williams had 10 points.  

Jahad Thomas had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the River Hawks (4-8), who lost their fourth straight. Isaac White scored 13 points, while Matt Harris had 11 and Josh Gantz added 10.  

UMass Lowell chipped a 43-32 halftime deficit to 51-46 with 13:25 left. Rutgers responded with a 24-8 run that opened a 75-54 advantage. The Knights shot 9 of 10 during the run.  

The River Hawks got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way and Rutgers opened its biggest lead at 89-64. >> Read more...


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(Jim O'Connor)

PISATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders scored 21 points, Mike Williams scored 14 and Greg Lewis had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Rutgers past Farleigh Dickinson 72-64 on Wednesday night.

Rutgers (5-7) trailed 35-28 after FDU (4-7) started the second half on a 6-1 run. Sanders ended the run with a pair of free throws with 16:15 remaining.

The Scarlet Knights tied the score six times in the second half while taking the lead only twice. But the second time was for good when Williams hit a free throw with 5:02 remaining to give Rutgers a 56-55 lead. Rutgers coasted from there, ending the game on a 17-9 run.

Mike Holloway had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Stephan Jiggets had 15 points for Farleigh Dickinson. >> Read more

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Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown (16) scrambles before being tackled by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Steve Longa (3) at Byrd Stadium. (Mitch Stringer)
Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown (16) scrambles before being tackled by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Steve Longa (3) at Byrd Stadium. (Mitch Stringer)

Junior linebacker Steve Longa will forego his senior year at Rutgers and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com (Dec. 22).

"I feel like it's time," Longa said. "I'm prepared. I had a very good season and I looked back after the season and I saw what I've accomplished throughout my career at Rutgers and I asked myself the question: Am I ready for the NFL? Is this the right time? I had to answer that question myself, not anybody else. And I felt like I was ready so that's why I made the decision to leave."

Longa, 21, had three-straight seasons of 100+ tackles at Rutgers, leading the team each year. His 342 career tackles rank eighth in school history.

"I had a great time at Rutgers," Longa said. "I wouldn't change my experience for anything. I wouldn't want to go to any other place. Rutgers was the perfect fit for me."

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Monmouth's Chris Brady (43) takes a rebound from Rutgers' Jonathan Laurent during first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Monmouth's Chris Brady (43) takes a rebound from Rutgers' Jonathan Laurent during first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Justin Robinson scored 14 points and Monmouth held off a Rutgers rally for a 73-67 victory Sunday.

Deon Jones had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks (9-3), who defeated Rutgers (4-7) for the first time after dropping the first nine meetings. Collin Stewart had 11 points, while Chris Brady added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Corey Sanders had 16 points and four assists for the Scarlet Knights, who have lost six of seven. Mike Williams had 15 points and Bishop Daniels added 12, while DJ Foreman had 11 rebounds and Greg Lewis 10.

Monmouth opened three different 13-point advantages, the last at 61-48. Rutgers used a 17-4 run to tie it at 65-65 and missed taking the lead when Williams missed the second of two foul shots with 2:17 left.

After Jones and Daniels traded baskets, Brady's put-back gave Monmouth the lead for good at 69-67 with 1:02 remaining.

Monmouth became the second in-state team to beat Rutgers this season. Seton Hall defeated the Knights 82-55 Dec. 5.

Monmouth has beaten UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Georgetown this season.

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Tyler Scaife led Rutgers with 18 points Saturday against LSU. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Tyler Scaife led Rutgers with 18 points Saturday against LSU. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Four Rutgers players scored in double figures as the Scarlet Knights defeated LSU 69-57 Saturday to extend their women's basketball winning streak to four.

Rutgers (9-3) has won eight of nine heading into Big Ten play. Rutgers is off until Dec. 31, when it hosts Minnesota.

Junior Tyler Scaife had a game-high 18 points. Senior Kahleah Copper had 15, sophomore Shrita Parker 12 and freshman Khadaizha Sanders 11. LSU is 6-5.


Drew Mehringer reacts after a call during the second quarter against the Texas State Bobcats at TDECU Stadium. (Troy Taormina)
Drew Mehringer reacts after a call during the second quarter against the Texas State Bobcats at TDECU Stadium. (Troy Taormina)

Rutgers coach Chris Ash has named Drew Mehringer as his offensive coordinator.

Mehringer, who will also coach the quarterbacks, was the wide receivers coach at Houston this past season.

Ash said in a statement that the 28-year-old Mehringer is a rising star who understands how he wants the program structured.

Ash says Mehringer will take care of the players and be a good recruiter.

Mehringer was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at James Madison in 2014. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2012 and 2013, serving as the tight ends and receivers coach in 2012 and offensive line coach in 2013.

Houston ran a power spread this year under coach Tom Hermann. James Madison ran an up-tempo offense under Mehringer.

Mehringer is Ash's second hire. Ash hired Vince Okruch as his special teams coordinator last week.

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George Washington orward Tyler Cavanaugh (34) led the Colonials to a rout of Rutgers Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
George Washington orward Tyler Cavanaugh (34) led the Colonials to a rout of Rutgers Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score | Play-by-play

WASHINGTON -- Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 22 points and George Washington had one of its best defensive games of the season in an 83-49 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Cavanaugh hit 7 of 9 shots and had six rebounds for the Colonials (9-1), who improve to 7-0 at home in their second consecutive victory over a Big Ten opponent.

Paul Jorgensen added 10 points for GW, which forced Rutgers into a season-high 22 turnovers and swiped 18 steals, and opened the game on a 23-2 run.

Bishop Daniels scored 12 points and Mike Williams added 11 for the Scarlet Knights, whose 24 first-half points were their fewest in a period this season.

Rutgers (4-6) has lost five of its last six games, the last two defeats by a combined 63 points.

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Rutgers' new football head coach Chris Ash is making quick work of the old staff.

Seven assistant coaches, including both the offensive and defensive coordinators, have been let go, according to Asbury Park Press reporter Ryan Dunleavy (Dec. 10).

Offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels, defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, special teams coordinator Phil Galiano, offensive line coach Mitch Browning, linebackers coach Bob Fraser, secondary coach Darrell Wilson and running backs coach/associate head coach Norries Wilson will not return to the Scarlet Knights.

Defensive line coach Jim Panagos and wide receivers coach Anthony Campanile will stay on with the program, according to Dunleavy.

Also, according to Dunleavy, Vince Okruch will join the team as special teams coordinator from the Ohio State staff, where Ash recently coached.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward D.J. Foreman (1) drives to the basket during the second half against Central Connecticut State Blue Devils forward Brandon Peel (34) at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward D.J. Foreman (1) drives to the basket during the second half against Central Connecticut State Blue Devils forward Brandon Peel (34) at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor)

It did not matter to Rutgers that Central Connecticut State was winless, as the Scarlet Knights needed a victory against any team.

Rutgers got what it was looking for, as freshman Corey Sanders had 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals to spark a second-half surge and a 75-59 victory over the Blue Devils Tuesday night.

Rutgers (4-5) snapped a four-game losing streak and coach Eddie Jordan could not hide his pleasure when asked if it felt good to finally get one.

"Oh my gosh, you know it," Jordan said. "It doesn't come easy either. The first half was a struggle. You have to have patience as a coach, stay positive, jump them a little bit, hug them a little bit. They still have to make it fun."

Sanders felt the celebration should not last too long.

"This is very important for us just to get back on our feet to feel better about ourselves" said Sanders, who was 4 for 4 on 3 pointers. "I told the guys don't let it get to our heads. Be happy about it for the moment but we still gotta come in and we have more work to be done."

Bishop Daniels added 17 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (4-5), while Jonathan Laurent had a career-high 15 points and D.J. Foreman had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Brandon Peel had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Blue Devils (0-8), who have lost 10 straight dating back to last season. Austin Nehls scored 12 points and Khalen Cumberlander had 11 for CCSU.

Rutgers took the lead for good late in the first half. Leading 38-36 midway through the second, the Knights began to apply defensive pressure and used a 15-2 run to open a 53-38 advantage. The margin stayed in double figures from that point on.

"The story of the game was our second-half approach and responding to some halftime reminders," Jordan said. "That was pretty much the key; how we came out in the second half. We sustained it, kept pressure up."

The Scarlet Knights took their largest lead at 75-54, as they made seven of their final eight shots to finish 28 for 57 (49 percent). Sanders, Daniels and Laurent combined to go 20 for 31.

Central Connecticut allowed a season-low in points, but offensively shot 38 percent (23 for 60) while committing 12 turnovers.

Neither team could take control in the first half as the biggest lead for either side was five. There were six lead changes and six ties before Rutgers ended the half on a 6-2 run for a 28-25 advantage.

"I thought we played well for a half or so," CCSU coach Howie Dickenman said. "We played solid defense and kept them off the foul line. Then we got tired. They just broke us down. They got what they wanted in the second half. They made 3s."

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TIP-INS

Central Connecticut: The Blue Devils last victory was 76-73, in overtime, against Sacred Heart on Feb. 21. CCSU has led at halftime just once this season in its opener with Hartford.

Rutgers: The Knights played their second straight game without forward Deshawn Freeman (knee), who will be re-evaluated next week. ... Rutgers, which plays six of their seven December games at home, snapped a two-game losing streak at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. ... Along with its Wake Forest loss on Nov. 30, this marked the second time in three games Rutgers played an opponent for the first time in its history.

UP NEXT

Central Connecticut hosts UMass-Lowell on Friday, Dec. 18.

Rutgers is at George Washington Saturday.

 

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Chris Carlin speaks with new Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash and athletic director Patrick Hobbs about a new era of Rutgers football.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Rutgers officially hired Chris Ash as its new coach Monday, giving the Ohio State defensive coordinator a five-year contract at $2 million annually.

Rutgers' board of governors approved Ash's contract to replace Kyle Flood, who was fired following a 4-8 season defined by troubles on and off the field.

Ash said Monday he got two questions from his 14-year-old son before taking the job: Could they win and be ranked at Rutgers?

"Yeah, we can win," Ash replied. "I said: `Yeah, we can get ranked.'"

Ash, 41, built Ohio State's defense into a top-20 unit nationally.

Ash said he wants to build a first-class program at Rutgers that the university, the state and those living nearby can support and be proud of.

"If I can do that, the wins will come, a ranking will come - all of those things that everybody wants," he said.

Ash - an Iowa native - is a first-time head coach. He played at Drake before beginning his coaching career there in 1997 as a graduate assistant, then defensive coordinator. Ash worked at Iowa State on two occasions.

Ash was the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 2011-12 before following coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas to be the defensive coordinator. Ash was hired by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in 2014 to fix a defense that suffered late-season collapses to Michigan State and Clemson.

Ohio State won the national championship last season and went 11-1 this season, boasting its best defense since 2010. Ohio State is tied for fourth in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.39).

Ash said he'd like to use elements of the spread offense he saw at Ohio State and the pro-style offense he saw at Wisconsin.

"When we go against an offense that's balanced, a quarterback could be under center or in the gun, I think those are challenges that defensive coaches don't like and I would like to have an offense that can be multiple and attack a defense in different ways," he said.

Ash will now face Meyer every season. Both Ohio State and Rutgers are in the Big Ten East, the stacked side of the conference that includes Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State.

With Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, Ash said he will split his time between jobs until Ohio State's season is over.

The Scarlet Knights played poorly this season and had issues off the field. Flood was suspended by the university for three games in September improperly communicating with a professor. Seven football players were also arrested in September.

Ash knows his job is to clean that up.

"It takes time," Ash said. "And we want to create a culture that tries to educate the players on how to make the right decisions."

Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann were fired the day after the regular season finale. Patrick Hobbs was hired to replace Hermann, his first task to find a new football coach.

"This is not an easy job," Hobbs said. "There is a lot to do to bring us to the level of competitiveness and excellence we all want. Chris Ash is the right man to lead that effort."

 

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Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead drives to the basket during the first half against Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Greg Lewis at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead drives to the basket during the first half against Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Greg Lewis at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

Box score | Play-by-play

PISCATAWAY, N.J. Seton Hall and Rutgers are teams that appear to trending in different directions.

Khadeen Carrington scored 18 points and Isaiah Whitehead scored 13 to lead Seton Hall past Rutgers 84-55 in the annual Garden State Hardwood Classic on Saturday.

Angel Delgado notched 14 points and 13 rebounds to earn the Joe Calabrese MVP award.

"It feels great, but I really don't care about that. I care about the big trophy right here," Delgado said, referring to the rivalry game's trophy.

Mike Williams led Rutgers (3-5) with 16 points while Corey Sanders contributed six assists and scored 14.

Rutgers led 16-10 with 14:35 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Williams, then led 20-11 after a layup by Sanders, assisted by Bishop Daniels, capped a 12-3 run.

Things started to go south for Rutgers from there.

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Dec, 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers co-offensive coordinator Chris Ash at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec, 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers co-offensive coordinator Chris Ash at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers will hire Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash as its next head coach, according to Sports Illustrated.

Ash, who had served as Arkansas' defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2013 and had been with Wisconsin for two years prior, replaces Kyle Flood, who was fired last Sunday.

Flood was suspsended for three games this season after he contacted a professor about a player's grade. His Scarlet Knights went 4-8 this season and 27-24 in his four-year tenure. 

Earlier this week, new athletic director Patrick Hobbs told the Associated Press he wanted to hire a football coach quickly after Flood and Julie Hermann, the school's previous athletic director, were both fired last week.

"Some folks might look at this and say, `Oh that's a tough job. There are needs there.' What we need is to convince that the upside for the program is there," Hobbs said. "There's not a lot of Big Ten jobs, so the opportunity to coach against some of the best in the country -- people should be interested in that."

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Florida State's Leticia Romero (10) led the Seminoles past Rutgers Thursday night. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports). (Matt Cashore)
Florida State's Leticia Romero (10) led the Seminoles past Rutgers Thursday night. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports). (Matt Cashore)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Leticia Romero made 8 of 13 shots, including her only 3-point attempt, for 18 points and the No. 13 Florida State women beat Rutgers 65-43 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Thursday night.

Shakayla Thomas added 15 points and Ivey Slaughter scored 10 for the Seminoles (6-1), who shot out to a 19-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter and led by no less than 11 the rest of the way.

Florida State tightened its grip by scoring the last seven points of the first half and the first three after the break to lead 37-16 early in the third quarter. The Seminoles had their largest lead at 61-35 on Slaughter's 3-point play with 4:12 left in the game.

Tyler Scaife scored 10 points for Rutgers (5-3). The Scarlet Knights outrebounded Florida State 38-28 but committed 23 turnovers to the Seminoles' 10.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights athletic director Pat Hobbs is introduced during timeout of game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights athletic director Pat Hobbs is introduced during timeout of game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor)

Rutgers newly appointed athletic director Patrick Hobbs is determined to hire a football coach quickly.

A day into his new job after athletic director Julie Hermann was fired on Sunday along with football coach Kyle Flood, Hobbs was working on the significant hiring.

Hobbs would not divulge any of the candidates Monday and, while he said he's working with an outside consulting firm, he would not name the company. He also said he's speaking with friends in the sports business and working with the chairman of Rutgers' Board of Governors, Ken Schmidt, during the search.

It's all new for Hobbs, who was dean emeritus of the Seton Hall University School of Law before Rutgers president Robert Barchi decided to hire him on Friday.

"No football, but I've made a lot of hires," Hobbs said. "And I've made hires where there's a lot of pressure to make hires and I'm confident I have very good people."

Hobbs knows how important recruiting in New Jersey is for football, as the state has a wealth of talent. Having New Jersey ties, however, is not going to be a requirement if the coach presents a plan on how to turn the corner in recruiting in-state.

Rutgers will be entering its third season in the Big Ten under a new head coach and Hobbs is aware of what the perception of the program is.

"Some folks might look at this and say, `Oh that's a tough job. There are needs there.' What we need is to convince that the upside for the program is there. There's not a lot of Big Ten jobs, so the opportunity to coach against some of the best in the country - people should be interested in that."

While hiring a coach is his first priority, Hobbs said his second priority is fundraising, particularly for new facilities to compete in the Big Ten.


Nov 30, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Devin Thomas (2) drives to the basket during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)
Nov 30, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Devin Thomas (2) drives to the basket during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Cornelius Hudson scored on a baseline drive with 18 seconds remaining to help Wake Forest beat Rutgers 69-68 on Monday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Trailing 68-67 with 28.1 seconds left, Hudson took a pass in the left corner, pump faked and drove the baseline for a go-ahead basket.

Corey Sanders then missed a driving layup attempt in the lane and the ball went out off of Wake Forest with 4.7 seconds left. Mike Williams missed a rushed 3-point attempt from straight away. Devin Thomas was fouled, missed a free throw and Rutgers' desperation heave was off the mark.

Thomas had 23 points and 17 rebounds for Wake Forest (5-2), while Mitchell Wilbekin had 12 points and John Collins added 11.

Sanders scored 17 points, Greg Lewis had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jonathan Laurent added 10 points for Rutgers (3-4), which lost its third straight.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood and Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann hug after the win as Rutgers football faces UNC in Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, MI. (William Perlman)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood and Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann hug after the win as Rutgers football faces UNC in Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, MI. (William Perlman)

Rutgers fired football coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann on Sunday, ridding the athletic department of its most prominent employees after a season that was a failure on and off the field.

University president Robert Barchi announced that Patrick Hobbs, Dean Emeritus of the Seton Hall University School of Law, will take over for Hermann.

Barchi decided last week to make a change in leadership, he said in a statement, and told the football team of the change at about 2 p.m. Sunday. As players left the team meeting room about 45 minutes later, everyone declined to comment except senior Quentin Gause, who was team captain.

"Just business decisions," Gause said was the message from Barchi. "Everyone cares for Flood, but decisions have to be made."

The reaction in the room was silence, Gause said, and Barchi provided no other details about the Flood decision or what would happen to the assistant coaches. Assistant coach Norries Wilson will be interim coach.

"We asked questions and stuff but at the end of the day, it's a business decision, but keeping everybody together. That's what it's all about at this point," Gause said.

The Scarlet Knights finished 4-8 after blowing a big lead to Maryland on Saturday, which was not the worst of the team's embarrassments this season.

Flood was suspended for three games for making inappropriate contact with a professor regarding a player's academics. Also, seven players were arrested since August, though charges were dropped against star receiver Leontee Carroo.

Flood was 27-24 in four seasons at Rutgers, including bowl appearances in his first three. He was given a two-year contract extension at the beginning of the 2014 season that runs through the 2018 season and made $1.26 million this year, according to USA Today's coaches' salary database. Among Big Ten coaches, only Illinois' Bill Cubit, who was interim coach until getting a two-year deal on Saturday, made less.

The new AD, Hobbs, did a stint as Seton Hall's AD and was initially targeted to be an interim replacement for Hermann, but Barchi said Rutgers decided to offer him the job permanently Friday.

Hermann took over in 2013 and came from Louisville, where she was an associate AD. She walked into a reeling athletic department, which saw Mike Rice get fired for physically and verbally abusing his players. And Tim Pernetti, the AD who helped land Rutgers a spot in the Big Ten, had been let go for only suspending Rice when a video of Rice's actions were first brought to him.

But Hermann brought her own baggage. She had been accused of verbally abusing players when she was volleyball coach at Tennessee and was named in a discrimination lawsuit there. The process that led to her hiring was criticized for being unfair to male candidates. Prominent Rutgers alum Kate Sweeney, a former Knights athlete who co-chaired the search committee, was reportedly insistent that a woman be hired for the job.

Hermann's first few months at Rutgers were tumultuous and she never seemed to gain the full trust of the administration. When Flood was under investigation for breaking rules regarding contact between coaches and professors in August and ultimately suspended, Hermann made no public comments beyond prepared statements.

Hermann met with Barchi at his home Sunday morning, a meeting that lasted 11 minutes. Barchi later released a statement. Hermann's contract runs through the 2017-18 school year.

Flood was hired in a rush after former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano left to become coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January 2012. Flood, a former assistant under Schiano, came up a victory short of taking Rutgers to its first Big East Conference title in 2012 and finished 9-4.

The Scarlet Knights slipped to 6-7 the next season, but went a surprising 8-4 last year in their first season in the Big Ten.

This season, however, was a wreck.

Flood was suspended Sept. 16 and fined $50,000 after the university's investigation determined he knowingly broke rules when he asked to meet with a professor for a player who was unable to become academically eligible in summer school.

Flood missed games against Penn State, Kansas and Michigan State; Wilson was acting coach.

When Flood returned, the team was 2-3 and then rallied from a huge deficit to beat Indiana 55-52. But they only won one more game the rest of the way, against Army. The season ended Saturday with a brutal 46-41 loss to Maryland, blowing a 31-13 halftime lead at home to finish 1-7 in the Big Ten and last in the East Division.


Rutgers coach Kyle Flood runs off the field after the Knights' 46-41 loss to the Maryland Terrapins at High Point Solutions Stadium. Speculation is mounting that Flood might not return next season. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY).
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood runs off the field after the Knights' 46-41 loss to the Maryland Terrapins at High Point Solutions Stadium. Speculation is mounting that Flood might not return next season. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY).

Box score | Play-by-play

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Riding an eight-game losing streak in a season that saw their coach get fired, the Maryland Terps could easily have given up trailing by 21 points late in the first half of the finale against Rutgers.

They didn't and it proved well worth it.

Brandon Ross scored on an 80-yard run with 4:40 to play and Maryland salvaged the final game of a trying season with a 46-41 victory on Saturday in what might be Kyle Flood's final game as the Scarlet Knights' coach.

After playing in his final game, Ross said the Terps' biggest comeback since overcoming a 20-point deficit against Virginia in 2006 should send a message to the returning players about never giving up.

"We wanted this win so bad, especially with how they came back on us last season," Ross said, referring to Rutgers rallying from a 25-point deficit to win. "We really wanted this one bad and we came back and got it."

Ross ran for three touchdowns for the second straight game and Ty Johnson carried for two more as the Terrapins (3-9, 1-7 Big Ten) gave interim coach Mike Locksley his first win in six games and snapped an eight-game overall losing streak.

Locksley refused to discuss his own future with the program, saying he was happy for the players and just wanted to enjoy the win.

"I truly enjoyed and had a great time with these guys," Locksley said. "I really enjoyed the last six weeks."

Ross' go-ahead score came on the first play from scrimmage after Kyle Federico had put Rutgers ahead 41-39 with a 30-yard field goal with 4:57 to play.

Ross said the offense never doubted it would come back and take the lead.

"We knew at that point, we had momentum, and we were going to go down and get a score and the defense was going to stop them somehow," Ross said. "There was no doubt."

Ross scored on a counter to give his team the lead and Maryland's defense stopped Robert Martin twice for no gain at the Terps 38 to kill Rutgers' final drive with 1:25 to play.

"We all knew that we were going to come back," said backup quarterback Caleb Rowe, who came off the bench in the second quarter and threw for 239 yards and ran for 98. "Nobody was down on themselves. It was something we have been through before. We just battled on back."

Kenneth Goins Jr. had given Maryland its first lead at 39-38 with a 42-yard touchdown run with 8:43 to play and Federico gave Rutgers its final lead on the next series.

Chris Laviano threw a career-best four touchdowns and Paul James ran for a touchdown for Rutgers (4-8, 1-7), which lost five of its final six games in a turbulent season that saw Flood suspended three games for trying to influence a player's grade and six players dismissed for off-the-field problems.

"I haven't spoken to anybody in the university," said Flood, who is 27-24 in four seasons. "Nobody has given me any indication that I wouldn't be the football coach."

Ross rushed for 173 yards and also scored on runs of 16 yards and 1 yard. Johnson tallied on run of 43 and 44 yards

Maryland finished with 401 yards rushing and had 656 yards in total offense, the first time it has passed the 600-yard mark since 2004.

Laviano's touchdown passes covered 6 yards to Leonte Carroo, 6 yards to Josh Hicks, 7 yards to Janarion Grant and 1 yard to Charles Scarff.

Scarff's first career touchdown gave the Scarlet Knights a 38-27 lead late in the third quarter, but it would not be enough to hold off Maryland, which limited Rutgers to 10 second-half points after its biggest first half of the season.

Carroo, playing his final game, had seven catches for a career-best 183 yards, including a one-hander along the sideline.

Laviano finished 21 of 33 for 344 yards and one interception. The pick came at the start of the second half with Rutgers ahead 31-13 and it set up Ross' first touchdown from 16 yards out.

Trailing 31-10 late in the second quarter after a 6-yard touchdown run by James, the Terps got back in the game by reeling off 17 straight points to close the gap to 31-27 on Johnson's 44-yard run.


Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is sticking with quarterback Chris Laviano despite poor performances the past three games. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is sticking with quarterback Chris Laviano despite poor performances the past three games. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) With Rutgers and Maryland wrapping up disappointing Big Ten seasons Saturday, Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood and Terrapins interim coach Mike Locksley may be looking for work soon.

Flood has had a turbulent season.

Prior to last week's win at Army, Rutgers (5-7, 1-6) was on a four-game losing streak. Problems off the field have been far worse. Flood served a three-game suspension earlier in the season for contacting a faculty member about a player's grade, and six players were arrested and kicked off the team right before the start of the season.

Locksley has failed to post a win since Maryland (2-9, 0-7) fired Randy Edsall after a 2-4 start. A week ago, Flood was asked if he would like a public vote of confidence from the university's administration.

"Those types of public statements have never been something I've asked for or looked for," the fourth-year coach said. "I'm not concerned about it. I'll reiterate what I said a couple of weeks ago: I feel fully supported by the people here at the university that are in the positions that make decisions. They've been great."

It's unlikely Locksley will keep his job. He did not win and the school seems to have a desire to start anew. However, he could remain a candidate to stay on the staff due to his recruiting ties in the Maryland area.

"As a coach, there's always something to learn from these opportunities," Locksley said. "You learn a lot through failure because it gives you experience, and the next time you're faced with them, you'll be prepared.

"I'm very thankful that our players have had every opportunity to just lay down and quit or not show up and play with the energy and pride that we've tried to instill in them, and they didn't," he said.

Here are five things to watch at the game at High Point Solutions Stadium:

HICKS BACK: After a successful week at defensive back, where he had six tackles, a fumble recovery and interception while filling in for a depleted secondary, Josh Hicks has returned to his regular position of running back, where he is the Scarlet Knights second leading rusher.

RAMBLING ROSS: Maryland senior Brandon Ross is coming off the best game of his career, a 250-yard, three-touchdown effort against Indiana. The 250 yards rushing were the fourth-most in school history and moved him into ninth place on the Maryland career list with 2,375. If Ross runs for 113 yards on Saturday, he leaves as the Terrapins' fourth all-time leading rusher.

QUARTERBACK QUANDRY: Injuries and illness have left Maryland's quarterback position in flux. Perry Hills missed last week's game with mononucleosis and backup Caleb Rowe missed the second half with a concussion. Both were cleared to practice on a limited basis this week. Locksley says his decision on a starter will probably be a game-time decision. If both are healthy, Hills will get the call.

EXPLOSIVE RETURNS: Maryland's William Likely and Rutgers' Janarion Grant are two of the best return specialists in the country. Likely has a career high in kick and punt returns, combining for 1,208 yards. Grant has a career-high in punt return yards and a career high of 1,019 combined return yards.

SLIM BOWL CHANCES: At 4-7, Rutgers' only bowl chances come with a win and not enough schools qualifying for the 80 bowl spots. If there are not enough 6-6 teams, the 5-7 team with the highest Academic Progress Report (APR) score gets a bowl bid. Rutgers has been near the top of the list of APR scores in recent years.

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