Rutgers to review bullying incident

Nov 16, 2013; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Savon Huggins (28) scores touchdown Cincinnati Bearcats during the fourth quarter at High Points Solutions Stadium. Cincinnati Bearcats defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were involved in one of the biggest college scandals of the year. Rutgers fired head basketball coach Mike Rice after a video of him swearing, throwing balls and kicking Rutgers’ players surfaced. In the wake of the video, Rutgers’ athletic director Tim Pernetti also was forced to resign, despite having a very successful run and helping Rutgers exit the then fading Big East to enter the very stable Big 10.

Rutgers now has another bullying issue, this time with the football team.

Defensive back Jevon Tyree quit the football team, citing bullying as the reason.

Tyree says defensive coordinator Dave Cohen called him several “emasculating” names and threatened to head butt him.

The school has now decided to review the alleged incident, according to ESPN.com.

University officials, in a brief statement, said only “the interests of the student-athlete were central to their discussion. Rutgers also reiterated Tyree’s scholarship will continue for the balance of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The school said the university’s general counsel, John Farmer Jr., will review the incident and assess all relevant facts and any subsequent actions taken by the university’s athletics department. Farmer is the former N.J. Attorney General; he was also Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, which investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

On the field, the Scarlet Knights have struggled to a 5-4 record, including a 52-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday.

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