Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood out after 4–8 season
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is out after four seasons withe the Scarlet Knights, according to a source.
The end of the 44-year-old Flood's tenure comes just a day after Rutgers' 46–41 home loss to Maryland on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights’ defeat concluded their season with a 4–8 recording, including a 1–7 mark in the Big Ten. Flood had a 26–23 record in his four seasons.
This is just the latest unrest in what has been a disastrous season for Rutgers. Flood was fined $50,000 and suspended for three games earlier this season after violating university policy by a contacting a faculty member about a player's academic status. The Scarlet Knights have also been plagued since September by more than a half-dozen arrests of current and former players on charges that include robbery, burglary and assault.
Flood was promoted in January 2012 to succeed former head coach Greg Schiano, who left to take the same position with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Flood had been an assistant at Rutgers since ’05, spending the last four of those seven seasons as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
In his first season in charge, Flood led the Scarlet Knights to a 9–4 record and Big East title in the program’s last year in the conference. He had a 6–7 record the next season in Rutger’s lone year in the American Athletic Conference before moving to the Big Ten.
Last season, the Scarlet Knights had a surprising 8–5 campaign that was capped by a win over North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl. Rutgers opened this season with a 3–3 record before dropping five of its final six to end the season.
Potential candidates to replace Flood include: Alabama assistant head coach and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, former Miami and Temple coach Al Golden, Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia and Fordham coach Joe Moorhead.
The news was first reported by ESPN