After a relatively quiet fall for the New Jersey State School, both on the field and off, new allegations of player abuse are being reported. This time the allegations are against the football team’s Defensive Coordinator, Dave Cohen, who according to former defensive back Jevon Tyree used abusive language and made threats to the freshman.
According to NBC Sports, Tyree further alleges that “the assistant coach’s actions and behavior was spread to other coaches and resulted in Tyree’s position on the team dropping and eventually leading to his exclusion from team meetings”. Tyree has since left the team.
In fairness to Rutgers, although one incident that occurred during a study hall session was apparently witnessed by several of Tyree’s teammates, these claims have not yet been substantiated. The University released a statement Friday night, in which Rutgers said Cohen apologized “the following day for his participation in the escalation of the banter” and that head coach Kyle Flood reprimanded him. The statement continued that “at no time was there any threat of physical violence, which was verified by an academic counselor, who was present in the room.”
The player’s family has requested a full investigation by University and are pursuing legal action against the Assistant Coach.
It’s been almost a year since Rutgers announced their decision to join the Big Ten, during which time the University has been mired in multiple controversies involving: physical/verbal abuse against players on the Men’s basketball team, the resulting firing/resigning of their Athletic Director, the botched hiring of the AD’s replacement, and a very disappointing football season.
The dumpster fire continues and one can only wonder if the Big Ten has any reservations about their new addition.