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Rutgers Coach Suspends Five Players

September 22, 1999

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Rutgers will be without five players, including starting halfback Jacki Crooks, for Saturday’s game against Boston College because they were suspended by coach Terry Shea for violating team policy.

Shea announced the suspensions Tuesday. He declined to specify what the violation was.

Three New Jersey newspapers, citing sources they did not identify, reported that the players had missed a team practice over the weekend. The weekend practices were scheduled because workouts Thursday and Friday had to be called off because of Hurricane Floyd.

In addition to Crooks, the suspended players were defensive end Wesley Robertson, linebacker Dennis McCormack, defensive tackle Jason Malakoski and defensive end Jesse Sullivan.

The five will practice this week but will not be in the lineup Saturday, when Rutgers hosts the Eagles in a Big East game. The Scarlet Knights (0-2) are hoping for their first victory of the season.

``It was a tough decision, but one I believe will strengthen this program down the road,″ Shea said in announcing the suspensions.

Crooks averaged 96 yards per game in the first two contests of 1999.

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