TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A law firm's investigation has determined that a former assistant football coach for Rutgers did not bully a former player and there was no retaliation against the player.
The report issued Tuesday also found the university responded appropriately in the matter involving cornerback Jevon Tyree. The investigation was done by Saiber LLC, a firm with offices in Florham Park and Newark.
Tyree left the team last November after alleging that then-defensive coordinator Dave Cohen had verbally abused him and threatened to head-butt him during a spring study hall session at the school in New Brunswick. The player said the assistant then treated him unfairly once the season started.
The incident took place in front of teammates and an academic adviser, who reported it at a time when Rutgers was under national scrutiny following the release of videotapes showing then-basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing his players while yelling homophobic slurs.
The investigation found Cohen did use inappropriate language toward Tyree, but also found head coach Kyle Flood took appropriate action within hours of being informed. It noted Flood immediately admonished Cohen and addressed the situation with the entire coaching staff.
Cohen was one of three football assistants fired after the season ended. He was hired this month as defensive line coach at Wake Forest.