GEICO SportsNite: Rutgers loses 00:01:44
Highlights and Chris Ash's reaction to Rutgers' 24-7 loss to Illinois, their third straight.

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Kendrick Foster scored two touchdowns and Darius Mosely returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown as Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-7 victory over mistake-prone Rutgers on Saturday.

Foster ran 5 yards for a touchdown and caught a 5-yard scoring pass from first-time starter Chayce Crouch in helping the Fighting Illini (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten) give coach Lovie Smith his first win since the season opener.

The Illini defense forced five turnovers, recovering four fumbles and getting the game-clinching return in the fourth quarter from Mosely, who also had a fumble recovery.

Gio Rescigno, who replaced Chris Laviano at the start of the second half, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nick Arcidiacono on the first play of the fourth quarter to snap an 11-quarter scoring drought and get Rutgers (2-5, 0-4) within 17-7.

It wasn't enough to prevent the Scarlet Knights from losing their fourth straight game.

Rescigno had Rutgers at the Illini 25 with a first down on the next series, but Mosely intercepted his short pass to the left side. The clincher came after play was delayed a couple of minutes for an injury Scarlet Knights lineman J.J. Denman.

The first half was dominated by mistakes.

After having his first-quarter TD run following a muffed punt nullified by a holding penalty, Crouch threw an interception in the end zone.

Laviano and halfback Robert Martin both lost fumbles in Illinois' territory. The low point for the Scarlet Knights might have been seeing Laviano and Rescigno mishandle snaps in the shotgun formation on fourth-down plays. >> Read more 

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Sep 16, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnathan Lewis (11) rushes against Morgan State Bears linebacker Jordan Cry (21) during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 16, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnathan Lewis (11) rushes against Morgan State Bears linebacker Jordan Cry (21) during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash during pregame warmup before facing Penn State Nittany Lions at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash during pregame warmup before facing Penn State Nittany Lions at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

This was the season that Rutgers was supposed to take the next step under second-year coach Chris Ash.

Two games into the season, the Scarlet Knights have to be concerned about a step in the wrong direction after losses to then-No. 8 Washington and Eastern Michigan, which was supposed to be a win on Rutgers' schedule.

The Eagles stunned Rutgers last week for their first win against a Big Ten Conference team and first win in 59 tries against a Power Five school.

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Rutgers offensive coordinator, Jerry Kill, is back with the team after suffering a seizure early Sunday morning, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.  

Kill was back with the team on Monday head coach Chris Ash said. Kill was hit on the sideline following a play against Eastern Michigan Saturday, and hit his head. However, Ash isn't sure if the hit cause Kill to have a seizure the next morning. 

"There's a possibility of a number of things, including the sideline [hit]," Ash said Tuesday. "But that is not the definite things that tirggered anything. They don't know what happened. He hasn't had one in two years. He's been completely healthy. He was getting his sleep. He's been on a good diet. Obviously when you start to play games the stress level goes up. There's more nights with less sleep and that could contribute to it also."

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Syracuse, Rutgers take the field 00:01:57
Recapping highlights from Syracuse's and Rutgers' tough losses on Saturday.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Paulie Fricano kicked a go-ahead 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Eastern Michigan made two late defensive stands in posting its biggest regular-season victory with a 16-13 decision over Rutgers Saturday.

It was the first win for the Eagles (2-0) against a Big Ten Conference foe in 39 overall games and their first win against a Power-5 school in 59 overall games. Their only other major win was a 30-27 victory over San Jose State in the California Bowl in 1987.

This was 11th straight loss for Rutgers (0-2) and it had to hurt after it played well against then No. 8 Washington last week.

Brogan Roback passed for 260 yards and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Porter. Fricano, who tied his single-game high with three field goals, also hit from 33 and 21 yards, the latter tying the game at 13 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers took a major step in its rebuilding under Chris Ash when it showed it could be competitive against a nationally ranked team last week.

With 10 straight losses in a row over the last two seasons, the Scarlet Knights need to take the next step.

They have to start winning, and they'll get that chance Saturday when they play host to Eastern Michigan (1-0) of the Mid-America Conference at High Point Solutions Stadium.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Dante Pettis woke up No. 8 Washington just before halftime with his sixth career punt return for a touchdown and Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes in a tougher-than-expected 30-14 victory over rebuilding Rutgers on Friday night.

Pettis' blistering 61-yard return gave the Huskies their first lead at 10-7 with 3:50 left in the half. He tied former California star DeSean Jackson's Pac-12 career record for punt returns for scores.

A senior receiver, Pettis actually set up the Huskies' first three scores this season. His 51-yard catch set up the first of three field goals by Tristan Vizcaino and his catches of 10 and 24 yards ignited an early third-quarter drive that Browning capped with a 7-yard swing pass to halfback Lavon Coleman for a 17-7 lead...

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Rutgers is breaking in a new quarterback in fifth-year senior Kyle Bolin, a graduate transfer from Louisville.

Bolin will be making his seventh career start. He has passed for 2,104 yards in 17 career games.

"We're excited to watch him go play and I'm really glad he's here," second-year coach Chris Ash told reporters. "He's created a great competition at the quarterback position. I think he's elevated the play of others around him and just the leadership and the ethic the kid has demonstrated and brought to our offense has been outstanding so far."

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Jawuan Harris (3) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-32. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Jawuan Harris (3) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-32. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers has suspended wide receiver Jawuan Harris for the team's season opener against Washington for violating team rules, head coach Chris Ash told reporters Wednesday

"Right now for this game Jawuan Harris has got a one-game suspension for [violation of] team rules," Ash said. "But after that he'll be fine.''

Harris, who also plays for the school's baseball team, recorded 39 catches (three touchdowns) for 481 yards during his sophomore season on the gridiron. Looking outside of the suspension, Ash has been pleased with Harris's progress in summer camp. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell gestures from the bench against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. The Scarlet Knights won 66-57. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell gestures from the bench against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. The Scarlet Knights won 66-57. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

While top recruit Mamadou Doucoure was supposed to join Rutgers for the 2018-19 season, the power forward is set to join the team this year, according to Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press.

Carino reports that Doucoure has already enrolled at the university, but administration officials have not confirmed that he has been added to the roster.

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Rutgers football will have a "Jersey Shore" themed home opener, according to NJ.com.

During the game, which takes place on Sept. 1 against No. 7 ranked Washington, a temporary pool or jacuzzi will be installed at the top of the student section.

The game is being promoted by Rutgers as the "War Before the Shore."

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LeGrand's seventh annual 5K 00:04:17
Jonas Schwartz sits down with Eric LeGrand to discuss his seventh annual "A Walk to Believe" 5K event, among other New York football topics.

Jonas Schwartz sits down with Eric LeGrand to discuss his seventh annual "A Walk to Believe" 5K event, among other New York football topics.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash during pregame warmup before facing Penn State Nittany Lions at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash during pregame warmup before facing Penn State Nittany Lions at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers and Liberty football have agreed to play a game in 2019 (October 26) at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

The Flames of Liberty are moving up to the FBS level starting in 2018 and will compete as an independent, hosting three FBS home games. 

In addition to Liberty, Rutgers has already scheduled a non-conference opponent in 2019, as they will play Boston College on September 21.

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Fans stand for the national anthem before the start of Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball game at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Fans stand for the national anthem before the start of Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball game at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers will rename its campus basketball court after former co-captain and legendary NCAA basketball coach Jim Valvano.

The university will honor Valvano on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on annual Rutgers Day by renaming College Ave Gym, commonly referred to as "The Barn," after him.

"We are incredibly proud to place Jimmy V's name upon the historic court on which he competed and began his coaching career," Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs said in a press release. "Jim inspired millions with his approach to life and how he dealt with adversity. It's only fitting that the place where he began his college basketball career honor him in this way."

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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie shoots a 3-pointer over Quinnipiac Bobcats guard Peter Kiss during the second half at HP Field House. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie shoots a 3-pointer over Quinnipiac Bobcats guard Peter Kiss during the second half at HP Field House. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Quinnipiac guard Peter Kiss announced he will transfer to Rutgers.

"The coaching staff was great and the whole team was just like a family," Kiss told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I like the way Coach [Steve] Pikiell is putting his program in the right direction. I feel like he is going to make this a winning program, for sure."

Kiss, who was on the 2016-17 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie team, averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 31 games played for the Bobcats, who finished 10-21.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, Taylor is joined by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Moahamed Sanu.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rutgers lax 00:00:50
After starting the season 8-0, the Rutgers University lacrosse team is now ranked No. 1 in the country.

Mar 9, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) steals the ball from Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Mike Williams (5) in the first half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 9, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) steals the ball from Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Mike Williams (5) in the first half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

WASHINGTON (AP) Vic Law led the way as Northwestern went on a run of 31 consecutive points in the first half of a 83-61 rout of Rutgers on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Law scored 10 of his 16 points during that 31-0 run that put the game out of reach and pushed sixth-seeded Northwestern into the quarterfinals where it will face third-seeded and 25th-ranked Maryland. The NCAA Tournament-bound Wildcats (22-10) can only improve their seeding from here after taking care of business against the 14th-seeded Scarlet Knights (15-18).

Nigel Johnson led Rutgers with 21 points. >> Read more

 

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Mar 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) shoots the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) defends in the first half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) shoots the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) defends in the first half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nigel Johnson scored 21 points and made all eight free throws to lead Rutgers to a 66-57 over Ohio State Wednesday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Rutgers (15-17) now has won back-to-back games after a six-game skid. Now in its third season in the Big Ten, it's the first time the Scarlet Knights have won consecutive conference games.

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Mar 4, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Athletic director Pat Hobbs celebrates with Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) after Rutgers defeated Illinois Fighting Illini 62-59 at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Athletic director Pat Hobbs celebrates with Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) after Rutgers defeated Illinois Fighting Illini 62-59 at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

DeShawn Freeman scored 21 points and hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lead Rutgers past Illinois 62-59 on Saturday.

Freeman hit the game-winner from the wing, before flinging Tracy Abram's missed 3-point attempt into the student section.

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Feb 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) goes to the basket against Maryland Terrapins guard Anthony Cowan (0) during second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Maryland Terrapins defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 79-59.
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Feb 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) goes to the basket against Maryland Terrapins guard Anthony Cowan (0) during second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Maryland Terrapins defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 79-59. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))

Damonte Dodd scored six points inside in a 17-6 spurt to start the second half and Maryland avoided its first four-game losing streak since the 2004-05 season with a 79-59 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.

Dodd had all nine of his points and six of his seven rebounds in the second half as the Terrapins (23-7, 11-6 Big Ten) won for only the third time in eight games. The skid took Maryland out of the Top 25.

Maryland did not put a scorer into double figures until Ivan Bender (10 points) scored on a layup with 4:07 to play. Melo Trimble led the Terps with 11 points and L.G. Gill had 10.

Mike Williams had 14 points to lead Rutgers (13-17, 2-15), which has lost six in a row and 16 of 18. C.J. Gettys added 12 points and Deshawn Freeman had 11. >> Read more on SNY...

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Feb 22, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) passes the ball away from Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) and forward Deshawn Freeman (33) during the first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) passes the ball away from Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) and forward Deshawn Freeman (33) during the first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Wilson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, three other Wolverines scored in double figures, and Michigan beat Rutgers 68-64 on Wednesday.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 14 points, Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 and Zak Irvin added 16 for Michigan (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten), which made 10 of 31 from behind the arc to Rutgers' 6 of 16.

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Feb 18, 2017; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats center Dererk Pardon (5) dunks on Rutgers Scarlet Knights center C.J. Gettys (34) during the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Feb 18, 2017; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats center Dererk Pardon (5) dunks on Rutgers Scarlet Knights center C.J. Gettys (34) during the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Northwestern regained the lead in the final minute against Rutgers and held on to win, 69-65, as the Scarlet Knights suffered their fourth consecutive loss.

Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten) with 18 points, while Corey Sanders paced Rutgers (13-15, 2-13) with 17 points. 

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Feb 14, 2017; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) takes a shot against Purdue Boilermakers forward Vincent Edwards (12) at Mackey Arena.  (Brian Spurlock (USA Today))
Feb 14, 2017; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) takes a shot against Purdue Boilermakers forward Vincent Edwards (12) at Mackey Arena. (Brian Spurlock (USA Today))

Center Isaac Haas had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and power forward Caleb Swanigan added 12 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 16 Purdue pulled away from Rutgers 74-55 on Tuesday night.

Purdue (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) led only 45-39 with just over 12:30 remaining, but from the 11:15 mark until he left the game with 2:20 to play, Haas scored 16 points, and the Boilermakers pulled away for their fourth consecutive victory.

Nigel Johnson scored 23 points to lead Rutgers (13-14, 2-12), which had no answer for Purdue's big men. >> Read more on SNY...

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Feb 8, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard C.J. Jackson (3) goes to the basket as Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Mike Williams (5) and center C.J. Gettys (34) defend during the first half at Value City Arena. (Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 8, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard C.J. Jackson (3) goes to the basket as Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Mike Williams (5) and center C.J. Gettys (34) defend during the first half at Value City Arena. (Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports)

Kam Williams had 23 points and Trevor Thompson added 15 points and 13 rebounds as Ohio State beat Rutgers 70-64 on Wednesday night.

Williams hit a 3-pointer and a subsequent foul shot to break a 62-62 tie at 1:05 after Rutgers had overcame a 12-point deficit. After Ohio State's Jae-Sean Tate missed a pair of foul shots, Rutgers' Deshawn Freeman tipped in a rebound to cut the lead to two, but the Scarlet Knights ran out of time.

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Eric LeGrand on Patriots SB win 00:02:45
SNY's Jonas Schwartz speaks with Rutgers alum Eric LeGrand about the Patriots' Super Bowl win.

Eric LeGrand speaks with SNY's Jonas Schwartz about Rutgers alums who played during the Patriots' Super Bowl LI win.

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Feb 4, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) holds the ball as Penn State Nittany Lions guard Nazeer Bostick (4) defends during the first half at Bryce Jordan Center. (Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 4, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) holds the ball as Penn State Nittany Lions guard Nazeer Bostick (4) defends during the first half at Bryce Jordan Center. (Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)

Corey Sanders scored 25 points, with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals to lead Rutgers past Penn State 70-68 on Saturday for the Scarlet Knights' first-ever Big Ten road win.

Rutgers, which has just five wins in the Big Ten since joining in 2014-15, was 0-23 on the road in conference play. The last conference win was in 2014 against South Florida, an American Athletic Conference member.

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

Mater Dei 3-star wide receiver Eddie Lewis will sign with Rutgers on Wednesday, Lewis told NJ.com Tuesday night.

Lewis held offers from 12 schools, including Syracuse Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Iowa, and Temple. However his recruitment ultimately came down to two programs: Rutgers and Indiana.

But because of the coaching changes that took place within the Hoosiers staff, Indiana simply ran out of time. Lewis had already planned his visit to Rutgers on the weekend of Jan. 20. He was scheduled to visit Indiana this past weekend, but after finishing his trip to Piscataway, the wide receiver decided he had seen enough.

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Jan 31, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Eugene Omoruyi (11) drives to the basket between Iowa Hawkeyes forward Nicholas Baer (51) and forward Dom Uhl (25) during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center.  (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))
Jan 31, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Eugene Omoruyi (11) drives to the basket between Iowa Hawkeyes forward Nicholas Baer (51) and forward Dom Uhl (25) during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))

Jordan Bohannon scored 17 points and Iowa took command early and posted its first road win of the season with an 83-63 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.

Deshawn Freeman scored 17 points and Mike Williams added 16 for Rutgers (12-11, 1-9), which has lost three in a row and 10 of 11. Corey Sanders was limited to eight points. >> Read more from SNY 

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Jan 28, 2017; Manhattan, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) shoots against Wisconsin Badgers guard Zak Showalter (3) during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 28, 2017; Manhattan, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) shoots against Wisconsin Badgers guard Zak Showalter (3) during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ethan Happ scored seven of his career-high 32 points in overtime and No. 15 Wisconsin overcame offensive struggles to beat Rutgers 61-54 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Happ was the only player for the Badgers (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten) to shoot above 50 percent (12 for 18) and the team finished at 33.3 percent for the game (20 for 60) including 3 for 23 from 3-point range.

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Jan 24, 2017; College Park, MD, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) shoots as Maryland Terrapins forward Ivan Bender (13) defends during the first half at Xfinity Center.  (Tommy Gilligan (USA Today))
Jan 24, 2017; College Park, MD, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) shoots as Maryland Terrapins forward Ivan Bender (13) defends during the first half at Xfinity Center. (Tommy Gilligan (USA Today))

Melo Trimble fueled a second-half surge that put No. 22 Maryland in control, and the Terrapins beat Rutgers 67-55 on Tuesday night to remain in first place in the Big Ten.

Trimble scored 17 points and freshman Kevin Huerter had 11 for the Terrapins (18-2, 6-1), who own their best record after 20 games since the 1998-99 season.

Facing a team that has never won a conference game on the road, Maryland led only 38-35 shortly after halftime before Trimble took over. He threw an outlet pass that led to an easy layup, then drilled a 3-pointer. Huerter followed with a 3 to make it 46-35 - too big a deficit for Rutgers to make up.

Maryland entered the game tied with Wisconsin atop the Big Ten standings. >> Read more from SNY...

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\Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick\ (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
\Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick\ (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick is retiring from football without pursuing the NFL, he told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy.

Pinnix-Odrick, a 2016 co-captain who started all 12 games at defensive end and recorded 10 tackles for loss and five sacks for the Scarlet Knights, said he felt "indifferent" to the game after attending the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas.

"Being out there on the field in front of scouts against good players is no place to be indifferent," he said. "Everything is on the platter to say, 'Go! This is it!' And I wasn't feeling it. Not that I wasn't trying to: I was doing the extra work, but I wasn't excited. It reinforced what I had felt."

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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 will be the most represented college in Super Bowl LI with a combined four players between the Patriots and Falcons roster, writes Steve Politi of New Jersey Advanced Media.

"I think it shows that you don't necessarily have to chase a logo to make it in the NFL," Rutgers head coach Chris Ash said. "I'm very excited for those players and proud of the way they represent Rutgers."

Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon play in the New England defensive secondary and each recorded an interception last week in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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Jan 21, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers guard Corey Sanders (3) reacts after Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated Nebraska Cornhuskers 65-64.
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Jan 21, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers guard Corey Sanders (3) reacts after Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated Nebraska Cornhuskers 65-64. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Corey Sanders scored 25 points, including the game-winner with one second left, to lead Rutgers past Nebraska 65-64 on Saturday for first-year coach Steve Pikiell's first Big Ten win.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) runs with the ball during warmups for their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) runs with the ball during warmups for their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Rutgers wide receiver and special teams specialist Janarion Grant will forego the NFL Draft and return to Rutgers for his fifth season after being granted a medical redshirt by the Big Ten.

After months of contemplating, Grant announced his decision on Instagram. "Fifth year, here I come! I'm excited about what I have been able to accomplish so far, but I look forward to getting out there and competing with my teammates again," said Grant. "I thank coach Ash and the staff as well as my family for their support through this process. Let's make this season special. Go Knights!"

Grant hasn't played since breaking his ankle on Sep. 24 against Iowa, forcing him to miss most of his senior season.

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Former Wisconsin DB Aaron Henry (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)
Former Wisconsin DB Aaron Henry (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Henry will leave the program to become a position coach at North Carolina State, NJ.com's Keith Sargeant reports.

Henry played under NC State's Dave Doeren at Wisconsin from 2007 to 2011 when Doeren was the Badgers' defensive coordinator.

Henry spent one season with the Scarlet Knights, working with the team's safeties under head coach Chris Ash. He earned $140,000 as the lowest paid member among Rutgers' nine assisants.

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Jan 15, 2017; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4) shoots the ball while Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) defends in the first half of the game at Assembly Hall. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 15, 2017; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4) shoots the ball while Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) defends in the first half of the game at Assembly Hall. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- James Blackmon Jr. scored 16 points and OG Anunoby had 11 points and seven steals Sunday to lead Indiana past Rutgers 76-57.

It was the Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3 Big Ten) second win in six games.

Corey Sanders scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and C.J. Gettys added 12 points and seven rebounds for Rutgers (11-8, 0-6), which has lost seven straight overall and five in a row to Indiana.

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Rutgers forward Deshawn Freeman (33) is fouled by Northwestern Wildcats forward Nathan Taphorn during the first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers forward Deshawn Freeman (33) is fouled by Northwestern Wildcats forward Nathan Taphorn during the first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Northwestern kept Rutgers winless in Big Ten play Thursday, defeating the Scarlet Knights 69-60 in Piscataway.

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Nov 30, 2016; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) dribbles the ball against Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Watsco Center.  (Steve Mitchell (USA Today))
Nov 30, 2016; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) dribbles the ball against Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell (USA Today))

Rutgers dropped to 0-4 in the Big Ten with a 68-62 loss to Iowa Sunday in Iowa City. The Scarlet Knights (11-6, 0-4) haven't won a Big Ten road game since joining in the conference in 2014.

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Jan 4, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) and Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) fight for position during the first half of a game at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 4, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) and Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman (33) fight for position during the first half of a game at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Miles Bridges had six points and six rebounds in a 17-minute return from an ankle injury and Eron Harris scored 24 points, helping Michigan State beat Rutgers 93-65 Wednesday night.

The Spartans (11-5, 3-0 Big Ten) have won four straight.

The Scarlet Knights (11-5, 0-3) have lost four in a row.

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Rutgers guard Nigel Johnson (0) is pressured by Penn State's Deividas Zemgulis (1). (Noah K. Murray)
Rutgers guard Nigel Johnson (0) is pressured by Penn State's Deividas Zemgulis (1). (Noah K. Murray)

Payton Banks had 20 points and Tony Carr had 15 points to lead Penn State past Rutgers 60-47 on Sunday in a New Year's Day matinee.

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Dec 27, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Bronson Koenig (24) attempts a basket as Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Candido Sa (21) defends at the Kohl Center.  (Mary Langenfeld (USA Today))
Dec 27, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Bronson Koenig (24) attempts a basket as Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Candido Sa (21) defends at the Kohl Center. (Mary Langenfeld (USA Today))

Nigel Hayes scored 20 points, Zak Showalter added 18 and No. 14 Wisconsin used an active start on the defensive end to build an early lead and defeat Rutgers 72-52 on Tuesday night.

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Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell speak after Seton Hall tops Rutgers in the battle of the Garden State.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Angel Delgado had 19 points and 16 rebounds and Khadeen Carrington scored 20 points to lead Seton Hall to a 72-61 victory over cross-state rival Rutgers on Friday night at the Prudential Center.

 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood walks the sideline during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood walks the sideline during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The NCAA has issued a Notice of Allegations to Rutgers University following the completion of an 18-month investigation into the athletics program, according to Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media.

Due to allegations that members of the athletics department, particularly the football program, had not been operating in full compliance with NCAA standards, Rutgers is facing seven possible violations.

The accusations involve the football program while former head coach Kyle Flood was running the program. Flood was fired after the 2015 season, a season in which he was suspended three games by Rutgers for academic misconduct.

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