EDISON - With the recruiting season well underway, the Rutgers Athletic Department is under fire again after the latest round of bullying accusations – this time against a coach on the school’s football team.
The latest accusations come seven months after the basketball bullying scandal resulted in the dismissal of the team's head coach and the resignation of the school's athletic director. Vulgar speech between coach Dave Cohen and a now former player may have crossed a line into verbal bullying last spring.
The university says the coach was reprimanded by head coach Kyle Flood. Published reports quote other players as defending the coaching staff.
As recruits are considering their commitments to the school, questions about the university's reputation continue to surface.
Sam Hellman tracks Rutgers recruiting for Scout.com, one of the country's most wellknown recruiting websites. "Rutgers, and every other football program has nine full-time assistants and a big part of their job when they're not preparing their players is to talk and meet with recruits," he says.
Flood says Rutgers is still a prime destination for talent and he doesn't believe the latest accusations will change anything. "As I speak to the recruits that are committed to us, I find an energy and an optimism and a positivity that I'm really excited about," he says.
The school's athletic director, who has also faced questions about her role in resolving this latest dust-up, refused to answer any questions Tuesday about the football program or its reputation.