Nearly a year ago a juvenile court in Plainfield, New Jersey found Reggie Dixon guilty of aggravated sexual assault against his teenage steps-sister. Because of the statutory nature of the crime, the prosecution’s failure to disprove consent beyond a shadow of a doubt was irrelevant. Dixon’s punishment: psychological treatment, fines and penalties and mandatory sex offender registration.
Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano knew all of this when he signed Dixon on March 31st. Plainfield, Dixon’s hometown, is about as populated as Rutgers’ New Brunswick-Piscataway campus, and is only a fifteen minute drive away. What Coach Schiano knew better, though, was how close Rutgers came to joining the elite BCS Bowl clique this past winter, how high the expectations are going into this year, and, most importantly Dixon’s 40-yard dash time: 4.35.