Rutgers Football Stays Hot: Up To 8 Players Under Investigation For Credit Card Fraud

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Since entering the Chris Ash era, Rutgers, the birthplace of College Football and 1-0 1869 national champions, has won just 6 games and lost 18.

The third season under a new head coach is when programs start to separate themselves. After the third year, you can usually tell whether a program is heading in the right direction under a new administration. Rutgers is starting the third year of the #AshEra in astonishing form: Rutgers football players are under investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards, according to three persons with knowledge of the situation.

Those persons have requested anonymity because they have not been authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and because the investigation is ongoing. They would not divulge specifics of the investigation.

The probe — which is being conducted by the Rutgers University Police Department — could involve as many as eight players, NJ Advance Media has been told. NJ Advance Media is withholding the names of the players allegedly under investigation because no one has been charged.

At this point, it’s just an investigation. All eight of these players may maintain their innocence, but an investigation for credit card fraud is not how you want to start a season that many are hoping will result in a postseason appearance for the first time since 2014. As they say, never go full Florida:

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In the midst of sifting through sworn complaints for the nine suspended Florida football players in regard to credit card fraud, a few interesting tidbits surfaced.

The two most astonishing: The nine players used the credit card information of 15 different people to take a grand total of $17,345 over a span of a month.

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This news comes only a few days after two Rutgers players were dismissed from the team for an “unspecified violation of team rules” (no word if this is connected to the investigation):

On Wednesday, Rutgers dismissed defensive back K.J. Gray and linebacker Brendan DeVera for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Asked if his dismissal was connected to the investigation, Gray said his lawyer advised him “to keep quiet about the situation.”

I don’t want to tell K.J. Gray how to live, but when his lawyer told him to “keep quiet” he meant exactly that, not telling reporters that he has to “keep quiet about the situation.” That doesn’t sound suspicious at all.

Rutgers over/under for the upcoming season is 4 wins. If they hope to make a bowl game, they will have to win 6 games before their bye week October 27th. Their last four games is a brutal stretch of @ Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, @ Michigan State. Good luck beating one of those four (against these teams in 2017 (2015 is last time Rutgers faced Wisconsin), Rutgers was outscored 158-37).

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