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Report: Rutgers starting cornerback suspended following DWI arrest

The hits keep coming for the Rutgers secondary.

The suspension of Nadir Barnwell (14) puts even more pressure on a thin Rutgers secondary. (Photo: AP)

The suspension of Nadir Barnwell (14) puts even more pressure on a thin Rutgers secondary.

True freshman cornerback Nadir Barnwell was suspended indefinitely following a driving while intoxicated and careless driving charge early Sunday, according to an NJ.com report.

Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood hasn’t publicly acknowledged the reason for Barnwell’s suspension, except to say it was for violating team rules.

Barnwell, a starter the past four games, will miss Saturday’s game against Temple, and possibly more.

“My plans are for it to be for this week, but it’s not finalized yet,” Flood said.

According to the NJ.com report, Barnwell was charged in his hometown of Piscataway by Rutgers University Police early Sunday morning. No police report was available.

Barnwell’s absence puts an already-depleted Scarlet Knights secondary in an even worse spot. Rutgers lost starting corner Lew Toler was to a season-ending broken arm earlier this year and part-time starter Ian Thomas abruptly quit the team.

Rutgers (4-3, 1-2 AAC) allowed 400 passing yards in a 49-14 homecoming loss to Houston last week. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 121st nationally out of 123 schools in pass defense, allowing 320.1 passing yards per game.

Things don’t get any easier for the Knights this week, as Temple’s P.J. Walker sports a 162.4 QB rating, completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 891 yards, 9 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Photo credit: Associated Press

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Prince, Cohen named coordinators at Rutgers

Former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince is the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers. (Photo: Newscom)

Former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince is the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers. (Photo: Newscom)

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]utgers head coach Kyle Flood has completed his staff.

On Monday, Flood named Ron Prince offensive coordinator and Dave Cohen defensive coordinator. Flood also announced Norries Wilson has gained the title of assistant head coach and Anthony Campanile has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant.

Prince comes to Rutgers after spending the last three years in the NFL, while Cohen is being promoted after spending 2012 as the Scarlet Knight’s linebackers coach.

Prince replaces Dave Brock, who left after one year as offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Delaware.

Prince, who was head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08, was offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. He held the same role with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010-11.

He last served as an offensive coordinator at Virginia from 2003-05 after working as the offensive line coach in Charlottesville for the two seasons prior.

Cohen spent last season as linebackers coach. He previously served as defensive coordinator at both Delaware and Hofstra, and replaces Robb Smith, who left earlier this month to become the linebackers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wilson was promoted after being hired as Rutgers’ running backs coach last season. He was as head coach at Columbia from 2006-11, and coached at Connecticut before that (1999-2005), working with the offensive line for three seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator. As a player, Wilson was a captain and two-year starter at Minnesota.

Campanile moves up the ladder after joining the staff in the summer of 2012 as a defensive assistant. The former Scarlet Knight safety and linebacker (2001-04) previously was the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., leading the Ironmen to NJSIAA Group IV State Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Flood added Darrell Wilson to his staff as the secondary coach last week, filling a vacancy that was also created by Smith’s departure. Wilson spent the past 11 years as an assistant at Iowa.

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Iowa's Darrell Wilson hired as Rutgers DB coach

Darrell Wilson, who spent the past 11 seasons at Iowa, will be defensive backs coach at Rutgers. (Photo: Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Darrell Wilson, who spent the past 11 seasons at Iowa, will be defensive backs coach at Rutgers. (Photo: Cedar Rapids Gazette)

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]arrell Wilson, who spent the last 11 years at Iowa, is the new defensive backs coach at Rutgers.

It will be Wilson’s second stint at Rutgers. He was the Scarlet Knight’s running backs coach in 1999.

He fills one of the voids created when defensive coordinator and secondary coach Robb Smith left a week ago to become linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Indications have been that Kyle Flood will promote Dave Cohen from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator.

Wilson, who played at UConn, served as the outside linebackers and special teams coach for Wisconsin in 2000-01 before moving to Iowa, where he has been in charge of linebackers, special teams and, most recently, the secondary during his stint with the Hawkeyes.

Following Wilson’s hiring, the Rutgers staff has two open spots. The Scarlet Knights are also short an offensive coordinator after Dave Brock left to become the head coach at Delaware.

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The Coaching Wire: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Brian VanGorder has been named NY Jets linebackers coach.

Brian VanGorder has been named NY Jets linebackers coach.

Former Auburn DC Brian VanGorder hired by the Jets

Former Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will be the New York Jets linebackers coach. VanGorder coached the 2012 season on Gene Chizik’s staff. He spent the previous four seasons as Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator (2008-11) after joining the Falcons as their linebackers coach (2007). Before Atlanta, VanGorder was head coach at Georgia Southern for one season (2006), and assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005), Georgia (2001-04), Western Illinois (2000), Central Michigan (1998-99), Central Florida (1995-97), Wayne State (1992-94) and Grand Valley State (1989-91).


Kevin Lempa and Sean McGowan hired at Boston College

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio has named Kevin Lempa as the Eagles’ secondary coach and Sean McGowan special teams coordinator and SAM linebackers/nickel package coach. Lempa, in his 40th year of coaching, returns for his third stint at BC after serving as the defensive coordinator at Columbia in 2012 and at Central Connecticut State in 2011. Previously, Lempa coached at BC from 2003-06 working with the defensive backs under Tom O’Brien and from 1981-90 working with the outside linebackers and special teams under Jack Bicknell. Lempa was in charge of the secondary and then safeties at Maryland from 2007-10, and he also coached at Hawaii (2000-02), the San Diego Chargers (1997-99), and Dartmouth (1991-96). In his 16th year of coaching, McGowan worked for Addazio the last two years at Temple coaching the inside linebackers and added special teams duties this past season. Prior to Temple, McGowan coached at New Hampshire for seven seasons (2004-10) serving as defensive coordinator in each of his last four seasons. He began his coaching career at Occidental College before moving on to positions at Pittsburgh (1999-2001), Duquesne (2002), and West Virginia Tech (2003).


Anthony Tucker hired as Arkansas State wide receivers coach

Bryan Harsin has completed his staff at Arkansas State with the addition of Anthony Tucker as wide receivers coach. Tucker comes to Arkansas State after spending the last two seasons at Idaho State, where he coached outside wide receivers. Prior to Idaho State, Tucker was Colorado’s Offensive Technical Assistant in 2010 under then-head coach Dan Hawkins. At Colorado, he worked with current Arkansas State assistant head coach Kent Riddle, as well as Red Wolves assistant coach Brad Bedell and strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman.


Miami’s Terry Richardson headed to Jacksonville

It hasn’t been announced officially, but it looks like Miami will lose its second assistant to Gus Bradley’s new Jacksonville Jaguars staff. Several media outlets are reporting that Hurricane running backs coach Terry Richardson will join Jed Fisch, who left for Jacksonville last month, with the Jags. Richardson has been with the Hurricanes for three years, and prior to that spent 12 years as UConn’s running backs coach. At Connecticut, he coached Jordan Todman, who finished the year on the Jaguars’ injured reserve list. Richardson played at Syracuse and spent time in the NFL with the Bengals, Eagles, Chiefs and Steelers before starting his coaching career as a high school coach. Update: Jacksonville has made Richardson’s hiring official, announcing the hirings of Richardson, Ron Middleton (tight ends, assistant special teams), Matthew Smiley (assistant special teams) and Mike Rutenberg (assistant defensive backs).


Cornell head coach David Archer announces staff

Cornell head coach David Archer has announced his staff. New staff members include defensive coordinator Jared Backus (prev. Princeton, DC); offensive coordinator Jason Houghtaling (prev. Wagner, OC); assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Shane Hurd (Union-Endicott HS, HC); secondary coach Greg Jones (Kenyon College, DC); and running backs and tight ends coach Mike Neuberger (Georgetown, TE). In addition, staff members retained include Travis Burkett (assistant head coach/defensive line), Emani Fenton (recruiting coordinator/inside linebackers) and David Hanna (special teams coordinator/wide receivers). Longtime assistant Pete DeStefano will move into a role as Director of Player Personnel, Alumni, Community and Career Programs.


Rutgers’ Robb Smith leaves for Bucs linebacker job

Robb Smith, who was Kyle Flood’s defensive coordinator at Rutgers last season, has been hired as the Tamapa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach. The move for re-unite Smith with Bucs coach and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. Smith’s Rutgers defense finished No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, No. 6 in rushing defense and No. 10 in total defense during a 9-4 season. Smith joined Sciano’s Rutgers staff in 2009 as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.


Jerheme Urban named Trinity offensive coordinator

Jerheme Urban has been named offensive coordinator at Trinity (D-III, Texas). Urban was an All-American wide receiver at Trinity who has spent the past nine years playing in the NFL for the Seahawks, Cowboys, Cardinals and Chiefs.


North Greenville names Jeff Farrington head coach

North Greenville (D-II, So. Car.) has hired former VMI defensive coordinator Jeff Farrington as head coach. Farrington has been with VMI the past three seasons. Before that, he was a defensive assistant at Furman from 2002-2010. Farrington also served as defensive coordinator for East Tennessee State from 1997-2001.


Jason Guthrie named Millsaps offensive coordinator

Millsaps (D-III, Miss.) has hired Jason Guthrie as offensive coordinator. Guthrie spent the previous 10 seasons at Trinity (D-III, Texas) as assistant coach and was offensive coordinator in 2012.

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