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Flood Declines Comment On Bullying Allegations

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Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann would not directly comment on new allegations of bullying made by player Jevon Tyree during Saturday’s game.

Rutgers Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen on the sidelines during Saturday's game
Rutgers Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen on the sidelines during Saturday’s game (Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

“The university has already released a statement and I’m going to stand by that statement,” Flood said according to NJ.com when asked about Tyree after Rutgers’ 52-17 loss to Cincinnati at High Point Solutions Stadium. He did note a “distraction”: to the team that the will need to be handled better. “Things are going to happen and the situation that we’ve been dealing with over the last 24 hours is one where we have to do a better job of handling it, and not allowing it to be a distraction for it,” said Flood.

Rutgers issued a statement following the initial posting on the allegation on NJ.com that the situation was “dealt with immediately,” Cohen apologized to Tyree, Flood reprimanded Cohen and “addressed the situation immediately with the entire coaching staff.” The school said that Athletic Director Julie Hermann, who was not AD when the incident took place, met with Jevon’s parents and Flood and that the episode was brought to an end to everyone’s satisfaction.

Tyree’s parents both say they have never spoken to Hermann. His mother calls the statement “inflammatory” and wants them to produce phone records as proof.

Hermann told the Star-Ledger “If it’s not (Mark Tyree), who calls me and informs me of it? Otherwise I wouldn’t know about it,

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