Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse at Rutgers, things got a whole lot worse at Rutgers.
Five Rutgers football players were arrested Thursday for their involvement in myriad crimes committed by a host of people. There are 10 defendants in total over multiple cases, but five currently are members of a Rutgers football program making an endless stream of headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Sophomore defensive back Dre Boggs was charged with robbery, burglary while armed, conspiracy to commit an armed robbery and attempted burglary while armed in multiple home invasions.
Separately, a group of six people — including four Rutgers players — were charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot after attacking a group of people back in April. Those players were junior defensive back Ruhann Peele, junior defensive back Nadir Barnwell, sophomore full back Razohnn Gross and junior defensive back Delon Stephenson.
Those five players have been suspended, Rutgers athletics director Julie Hermann announced Thursday.
"The students involved are currently suspended from our program,'' Hermann said in the announcement. "We continue to monitor the situation. We will have no further comment as this is a pending legal matter.''
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Barnwell is also in the news this week for the university's investigation into head coach Kyle Flood. Flood allegedly sent an email to one of Barnwell's professors to talk about Barnwell's grades. That would violate a school rule, and if it's found that is what happened, Flood could be facing severe punishment, which some reports and social-media chatter mention could include losing his job.
Speaking with reporters after practice on Thursday, Flood said he expects to coach Saturday's season-opening game against Norfolk State.
Peele is one of the five players suspended for the first half of the opener, along with wide receiver Leonte Carroo, quarterback Chris Laviano, linebacker Kevin Marquez and punter Tim Gleeson. Those suspensions are for missed curfew, and Flood told reporters Laviano also used a fake I.D.
In addition to the ever-growing list of off-the-field issues, Rutgers will also be without its best defensive player, as defensive lineman Darius Hamilton is injured. And the team's quarterback decision has yet to be resolved, with Flood saying it'll be a halftime decision between Hayden Rettig and Laviano. Rettig is starting the game while Laviano serves his one-half suspension.