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In a season full of dark times on and off the field, the Rutgers football team delivered an instant classic when it traveled out to the Midwest for its sixth game of the season.Reeling on the heels of a heartbreaking 31-24 loss to then-No. 4 Michigan State — the eventual Big Ten Champion and 3-seed in the 2015 College Football Playoff — the Scarlet Knights had the return of head coach Kyle Flood to look forward to in the Oct.
As soon as Chris Ash took the podium, it was easy to see why University President Robert L. Barchi and Athletic Director Patrick Hobbs hired the energetic 41-year-old co-defensive coordinator from Ohio State as the next head football coach at Rutgers.With a jam-packed team room at the Hale Center flooded with journalists, cameras and other onlookers waiting for the Scarlet Knights' next head coach to speak, Ash might have very well won his opening press conference from the moment he took the podium."I'm gonna try to lighten this room up a little bit," he said after thanking Hobbs for introducing him. "There's a lot of serious looks in here and we've gotta get some smiles going here at Rutgers right now."If his first impression was any indication, Ash could be the one to turn the Rutgers football community's frowns upside-down.After his Memorandum of Agreement was signed in an approval meeting with the Board of Governors on Old Queens Campus in New Brunswick, Ash arrived at the football program's training facility at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway and made a splash in his introductory press conference.His contract will pay him a base salary of $2 million annually over the next five years, with a $100,000 increase in each year starting March 1, 2017, to headline other incentives of the deal.He takes over after Kyle Flood's four-year tenure where he went 27-24 with three bowl appearances, but with hopes of getting the Knights back on track after a tumultuous 2015 season where they regressed in a 4-8 season with a 1-7 record in their second year in the Big Ten Conference.Even more so, Rutgers aims for Ash to straighten up a program that saw seven players arrested over the course of the season with two investigations — one where the head coach, Flood, was suspended for three games with a $50,000 fine for impermissible contact with a faculty member.But Barchi, who placed his trust in his newly-appointed athletic director to make the best decision for the future of the football program, knew all along that Ash was the perfect fit."Over the course of the last week, I've had the chance to spend a fair amount of time with Chris (Ash) and I have to say that I have come to the firm belief that he is the right person for this job," Barchi said.
Thirty minutes into Senior Day at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, the Rutgers football team appeared to be putting together its best performance all season.The Scarlet Knights looked to be well on their way to a lopsided win over Maryland, leading the Terrapins 31-13 after two quarters. Senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo was healthy and proved it with five catches for 132 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
With the search for the new Rutgers head football coach underway, University President Robert L. Barchi refuted any reports that he has already offered any of the candidates for the job.In an exclusive interview with The Daily Targum's editorial board on Monday afternoon, Barchi fielded both on-the-record and off-the-record questions relating to the Scarlet Knights' vacant head coaching position, giving insight to where the administration looks to go in the hiring process."Things in college sports, especially with the big coaches in football and basketball, tend to happen pretty quickly and they happen very privately," Barchi told the Targum.
The two pillars of the Rutgers football program for the 2015 season have fallen. Head coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann were relieved of their duties today, according to a statement released by University President Robert L. Barchi.
Just more than two years after she was hired, Julie Hermann has been fired from her position as Rutgers' athletic director.University President Robert L.
Right when the Rutgers football team's 2015 season appeared it couldn't have gotten any worse, Saturday's finale proved there is a low point deeper than rock bottom.After a first half in which they dominated, the Scarlet Knights somehow found a way to blow a 21-point lead and choke away Senior Day at High Point Solutions Stadium in a mesmerizing 46-41 defeat at the hands of Maryland."I just left a really emotional, really heartbroken group of seniors and football team," said head coach Kyle Flood at his postgame press conference.
It is a season that wound up far from where his expectations were cast over a month before the 2015 campaign began.When Leonte Carroo strolled to the stage of Big Ten Media Days clad in a rose-studded suit back in late July, he stated his goal for the Rutgers football team to be a Rose Bowl contender in 2015.As the curtain begins to drop on the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 1-6) season, eligibility for any bowl game is slim.Injuries and off-field distractions have plagued the Knights all year--and Carroo is no exception.The senior wide receiver was sidelined two games early in the season due to an indefinite suspension coming as a result of a domestic assault charge.Carroo was cleared of all charges Oct.
Senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo caught three touchdown passes against Indiana back on Oct. 17. The offensive captain suffered a lower body injury on his third touchdown catch and has not found the end zone since. Carroo hopes to change that trend against Maryland for Senior Day.
It's hard to imagine anyone around the Rutgers football program saw these results coming.But take it or leave it, 11 games later, here the Scarlet Knights are. Rutgers (4-7, 1-6) has gone through more lows — many, in fact — than highs in its second year as a member of the Big Ten. Behind the madness bestowed in the seemingly never-ending cycle of suspensions and arrests that plagued the Knights with headaches from distractions off the field — the latest of which came Friday night in an NJ Advance Media report detailing how head coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann were fighting for their jobs, according to anonymous sources — the 2015 season has been turbulent, to say the least.With Maryland (2-9, 0-7) entering Saturday's noon kickoff at High Point Solutions Stadium in a rut of its own on a seven-game skid, much still remains on the line for Rutgers — in the present and the future — in its regular season finale."It's been a long season," said junior defensive tackle Julian Pinnix-Odrick, who had to step in as the starter at the three-point technique after senior Darius Hamilton suffered a season-ending injury. "It wears on you, but it's football and love to do — and that's why we come out here to play everyday."As far as the Knights are concerned on the field, they still believe the Terrapins present a legitimate threat. Last year, Rutgers ruined Maryland's Senior Night festivities with what was then the largest comeback in program history, a 25-point come-from-behind victory on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park. With that, the Knights understand that anything can happen in the one-week season that Saturday poses. But Flood doesn't dwell on what happened between the two Big Ten newcomers in their first meeting as conference opponents a year ago."I evaluate us on a year-to-year basis and over time.
It's remarkable to see how so much could change for two programs in just one year.Last November, Maryland entered its season finale against the Rutgers football team with a 7-4 record, having already locked up a bowl game.
For the past three years, Kaiwan Lewis hasn't been able to experience Thanksgiving Day at his home.Prior to his graduation and transfer from South Carolina to Rutgers earlier in the year, Lewis spent the final Thursday of every November eating dinner at his former Gamecocks teammates' houses in nearby areas surrounding the school's campus in Columbia.But now, he gets to take the two-hour cruise down the Garden State Parkway south back to Pleasantville, where the senior middle linebacker reunites with his family. And knowing the feeling of being away from home, he'll likely be bringing one or two of his family members from the Rutgers football team back with him."I know how it feels not to be able to go home," Lewis said.
Over the span of the last 36 games the Rutgers football team has played, a Scarlet Knights quarterback had the luxury of looking to his left to find him standing there.As his 37th consecutive start approaches Saturday at noon, Keith Lumpkin’s career on the Banks is coming to a close.The Knights (4-7, 1-6) play host to Maryland (2-9, 0-7) for Senior Day, hoping to end the season on a two-game win streak and keep their faint hopes of a fourth consecutive bowl berth alive.Whether Rutgers makes it into the postseason or not, Saturday will be the last time head coach Kyle Flood sees his fifth-year senior left tackle run out of the tunnel at High Point Solutions Stadium.Seven years ago was the first time Flood saw Lumpkin, then a sophomore in high school, playing basketball at St.
This wasn't how it was supposed to end. Leonte Carroo and Darius Hamilton had admirable aspirations when the pair of top recruits out of Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) stayed home to sign on with the Rutgers football team in 2012. Given the strength of the Scarlet Knights' recruiting class that year — one that ranked 24th in the country, according to Rivals.com — the high hopes were understandable. Both entered with a mission to shift the culture of the program, looking to propel Piscataway into a consistent national discussion among the top teams in college football. But as Senior Day approaches with Rutgers (4-7, 1-6) hosting Maryland (2-9, 0-7) in the regular season finale Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium nearly four years later, the current circumstances are nowhere near what either of the two once expected with the class they entered. "It is crazy," Carroo said, acknowledging his collegiate career coming to a close.
Whether he played the role of riverboat gambler in his drastic shuffling of the deck or he just played the hand he was dealt, head coach Kyle Flood pushed all the right buttons for the Rutgers football team last Saturday in the 31-21 win over Army at West Point.While Flood’s decision to flip sophomore running back Josh Hicks to the defensive side of the ball in place of suspended junior free safety Anthony Cioffi got all the publicity, the fourth-year head coach’s move to slide junior right guard Chris Muller to center and start two redshirt freshmen at the guard positions slipped under the radar.Hicks made six tackles, recovered a fumble and made a crucial interception to seal the victory for the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 1-6), but the rookies in the trenches were part of the reason Rutgers had a lead in the first place.
Darius Hamilton won't take the field with the class he came in with when the Rutgers football team faces the University of Maryland on Senior Day Saturday at noon, but the senior defensive tackle will be back on the field at High Point Solutions Stadium in 2016. Hamilton, who was ruled out for the season with a lower body injury on Sept.
Media and college football fans likely expected Army to outgain the Rutgers football team on the ground, given the Black Knights' top-10 rushing attack featuring the triple-option.
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Demonstrating the ability to overcome injuries to key players and the suspension of a defensive leader, the Rutgers football team snapped its four-game losing streak on Saturday at West Point with a 31-21 win over Army.Leading tackler, junior weakside linebacker, Steve Longa was held out due to a lower body injury and the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 1-6) best offensive weapon, senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo, didn’t play a single snap in the second half due to his own lower body injury.
If the Rutgers football teams wishes to keep any dreams of a bowl berth alive, the Scarlet Knights will have to win the two remaining regular season games on their schedule, starting with Army this weekend.Rutgers will take the 90 minute ride up the New York State Thruway to Mitchie Stadium to renew a rivalry that began in 1891, on the heels of four consecutive decisive defeats against Big Ten opponents.Senior captain Keith Lumpkin feels that the recent losing skid is not for lack of effort.“Sometimes games don’t go your way,” the left tackle said.