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.
The NCAA claims that Flood directly contacted a professor seeking special consideration for former cornerback Nadir Barnwell in an academic course during the 2014-2015 school year. It is also believed that Flood is being charged with failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the Rutgers football program, which is in violation of the principles of NCAA head coach responsibility legislation.
It is believed that Rutgers has been given an initial Level II designation by the NCAA, the second-most serious designation in the NCAA's four-level violation structure.
The NCAA defines Level II violations as "violations that provide or are intended to provide more than a minimal but less than a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage; includes more than a minimal but less than a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit; or involves conduct that may compromise the integrity of the NCAA collegiate model as set forth in the Constitution and bylaws.''
Other possible violations include allegations of wrongdoing with regards to football recruits, as well as "inconsistencies" in the administration of the athletic department's drug testing policies and procedures, and the university's "failure to monitor" part of its athletic program.
Rutgers will have 90 days to respond, and it is believed the university will appeal the notice and will receive a formal hearing on these allegations next year.
Sources say Rutgers officials are confident in the steps that have already been taken by the university since the NCAA began the investigation in the spring of 2015.
University President Robert Barchi and Athletic Director Pat Hobbs were not available for an immediate comment.