Coach Kyle Flood kicked five players—three of them projected starters—off the Rutgers University football team minutes before its season opener today, the AP reports. This week, players Nadir Barnwell, Razohnn Gross, Ruhann Peele, and Delon Stephenson were charged with assault stemming from a fight in April that left a 19-year-old student with a broken jaw, according to NJ.com. The fifth player, Dre Boggs, was charged with home-invasion robbery in connection with two incidents in April and May, reports USA Today. All five players were suspended by Rutgers following their arrests earlier this week.
Police say Barnwell, Gross, Peele, and Stephenson—along with two former Rutgers players and a number of others—surrounded a group of four people and attacked them without provocation following a scrimmage in April, reports NJ.com. According to the site, police recently learned that fight was caught on video and seized cellphones belonging to a number of Rutgers players late last month. (Read more Rutgers stories.)