Rettig excited to start, despite suspensions

The suspension of Chris Laviano means Hayden Rettig will start at quarterback for Rutgers in the season opener on Sept. 5 against Norfolk State. The two have been competing for the top job since the spring. Rettig is a sophomore transfer from LSU who sat out last season. It will be his first time playing in a game since high school.

“Being able to start against Norfolk State – it’s awesome,” Rettig said. “Just have to keep doing what I’m doing, make sure that I’m ready for Norfolk State.”

Head coach Kyle Flood declined to say whether Rettig would remain the starter after the season opener, and declined to say whether Rettig would have won the starting job regardless of Laviano’s suspension.

“I don’t think we want to live in a world of hypotheticals,” Flood said. “We’ve got a very specific situation that happened. You know the reaction to that situation and we’ll just go from there.”

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Chris Laviano, Leonte Carroo among players suspended

Rutgers football has suspended QB Chris Laviano and WR Leonte Carroo for the first half of their season opener against Norfolk State due to a curfew violation (Schad, Aug. 25).

Laviano has been competing with red shirt sophomore Hayden Rettig for the starting QB position. With the news of this suspension, Rettig is now slated to start the opening game.

Carroo was second in the Big Ten last year with 1,068 receiving yards and is a team captain.

LB Kevin Martinez, P Tim Gleeson and CB Ruhann Peele were also suspended for the first half of the season opener.

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Rutgers investigating Kyle Flood for possible violations

Rutgers is investigating football head coach Kyle Flood for possible rules violations. Flood could face a suspension or firing due to impermissible contact he might have made with a faculty member. (Sargeant, Aug. 25).

The focal point of the investigation surrounds an email sent from Flood’s personal account to a faculty member in relation to cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is reportedly in jeopardy of being deemed academically ineligible this season.

At this time it’s not clear whether Flood could be in violation of an NCAA or Big Ten rule for his alleged actions.



Flood still undecided on QB after scrimmage

A day after the contenders for the job both put in solid performances, Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood still hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback.

Hayden Retting went 10-for-17 for 144 yards and one touchdown and Chris Laviano was 10-for-15 for 123 yards with three TDs in Saturday’s nighttime scrimmage in Piscataway. They both went the night without an interception.

Rutgers will open the season Sept. 5 against Norfolk State.

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QBs Rettig, Laviano almost even in scrimmage

Rutgers quarterbacks Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano, locked in a battle for the starting job, both performed well in the Scarlet Knights’ scrimmage Saturday night in Piscataway.

Rettig was 10-for-17 for 144 yards and one TD and Laviano 10-for-15 for 123 yards and three scores. Neither QB threw an interception. They alternated on the first and second teams; the first-team offense played the second-team defense and vice versa.

Knights coach Kyle Flood said his decision on the starter would be greatly influenced by Saturday’s performances.

Receivers Janarion Grant and Andre Patton each had four catches, Grant for 68 yards and Patton for 42. Justin Goodwin (70 yards on 10 carries) was the leading rusher. Devan Carter ran 14 times for 49 yards.

The Knights open the season Saturday Sept. 5 at home at against Norfolk State.


Rutgers basketball announce non-conference schedule

Rutgers basketball will play 13 non-conference games this season, nine of which will be played at home (Rutgers, Aug. 21).

Outside of their Big-10 schedule, Rutgers will square off against Wake Forest, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Creighton, Clemson or UMASS (MGM Grand Main Event), George Washington, Newark, Howard, Central Arkansas, Central Conn. State, Monmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson and UMass-Lowell.

Season tickets will officially go on sale Monday, August 24.



Flood delays choosing starting QB

Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood said Thursday he still has not chosen a starting quarterback (Aug. 20).

Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig are competing for the job. The Knights open their second Big Ten season Saturday Sept. 5 against Norfolk State; their final camp scrimmage is Saturday.

Before camp started, Flood said he was planning on naming a starter 7-10 days into training. The Knights’ 10th day of camp was Thursday.

“I know everyone is anxiously waiting. I understand that. Ultimately when we do it we want it to be final. When the decision is ready to be made we’ll make it.”

Rettig is a transfer from LSU; Laviano appeared five games last year for the Knights. Both are sophomores.

“I like what they’re doing. I like the way they’re controlling the huddle and we’re challenging them. We are really pressing the installs and what we do on defense is challenging for a young quarterback. So they’re seeing a lot of good stuff every day in practice that will get them ready for the year.”

Flood said Saturday’s scrimmage will play a big role in his decision.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Flood said. “I think that is going to be a big test for our program, an opportunity for guys to show where they’ve come since the first scrimmage.”