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Rutgers dismisses Philip Nelson

5/13/2014

Rutgers on Tuesday dismissed Philip Nelson from the program a day after the quarterback transfer was charged with assault.

Nelson faces first- and third-degree assault charges for allegedly kicking a man in the head early Sunday morning outside a Mankato, Minn., bar. Nelson was released from jail Monday night. Isaac Kolstad, a former Minnesota State football player, remained in critical condition with serious head injuries as of Monday afternoon.

"The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family," Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said in a prepared statement.

The decision comes as no surprise. Nelson, who started 16 games for Minnesota the past two seasons, transferred to Rutgers in January. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.