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Rutgers’ Kyle Flood to coach opener; 5 players arrested

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Kyle Flood will coach Rutgers in its season opener against Norfolk State on Saturday despite an ongoing academic investigation and the arrest and suspension of five football players.

Prosecutors on Thursday announced the arrest and charges against five players, including three starters.

Athletic director Julie Hermann said later Thursday that the arrested players had been suspended. They include cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is at the center of the investigation into whether Flood violated school or NCAA rules by contacting a faculty member about Barnwell’s academic status.

Prosecutors announced Barnwell, defensive back Ruhann Peele, fullback Razohnn Gross and defensive back Delon Stephenson were charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot for a fight in April that left a man with a broken jaw.

The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office said defensive back Andre Boggs was charged in two home-invasion robberies in April and May.

Barnwell, Boggs and Stephenson were starters on the team.

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