Rutgers lacrosse enters final week without coach

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- The Rutgers men's lacrosse team will enter its final week of the season under the direction of an interim head coach until further notice.

Byron Collins coached the Scarlet Knights on Saturday night during a 16-7 loss to Duke at home, while head coach Brian Brecht remains suspended for allegations of verbal abuse.

Rutgers will play host to Georgetown on Saturday in the season finale. Collins is scheduled to lead the team's practice on Monday.

Brecht was suspended indefinitely on Friday, pending an investigation. Rutgers, under the direction of President Robert Barchi and Interim Athletic Director Carl Kirschner, has been reviewing all sports since men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired earlier this month after a video was made public that showed him abusing players.

At 2-12, it's been a tough season for Rutgers, and to play a power like the Blue Devils amid the suspension only added to the difficulties.

''We wanted to play hard,'' Collins said, ''and represent us as a family.''

Brecht, in his second season as coach at Rutgers, spent seven years as coach at Siena College, and was a three-time conference coach of the year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He is a New York native who played at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and was hired by former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti on June 16, 2011, after posting 57 victories with the Saints in his final five years there. Pernetti resigned two days after Rice was fired.

''It's been pretty emotional,'' junior defenseman Nicholas Contino said. ''Some things are out of our control.''

After a 2-1 start, the Scarlet Knights have lost 11 in a row.

''Emotions are,'' Contino said, ''all over the spectrum.''

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