Report: Rutgers Athlete Wasn't Bullied by Coach

January 29, 2014

Allegations from a former Rutgers University football player that a coach bullied him and the university mishandled the response were unfounded, according to an independent 10-page report released Tuesday and reported by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. The report found that during a study hall session, then-defensive coordinator Dave Cohen neither physically threatened nor verbally abused the freshman cornerback Jevon Tyree, and Tyree was not retaliated against after raising these concerns, as was alleged. However, the report did say Cohen was “inappropriate and unprofessional” with Tyree in the study hall incident. Athletics Director Julie Hermann, whom Tyree’s parents accused of ignoring their son’s complaints, also acted appropriately, the report says.

The review came just a couple of months after a Rutgers committee determined the university's lack of oversight and leadership in athletics helped enable the former basketball coach Mike Rice to physically and verbally abuse players for years.

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