January 20, 1971 |
Queens, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1993–1994||St. Francis (NY) Prep (OL/DL)|
|1995–1996||C. W. Post (OL)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 Big East (2012)|
Kyle J. Flood (born January 20, 1971) is an American football head coach and former player. He is the former head football coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. According to a letter from Rutgers President Robert Barchi, Barchi terminated Flood's contract and relieved him of his duties effective immediately on November 29, 2015. Flood was named the 29th head football coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team after Greg Schiano accepted the National Football League head coaching position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is the first Rutgers football head coach to be promoted from assistant since the 1973 season. Flood is a graduate of Iona College and earned four varsity letters for the Gaels between 1989 and 1992.
Flood played high school football as a high school teammate of former Rutgers All-American tight end Marco Battaglia and Tom Brown, current Director of the Majors baseball division of Ridgefield (CT) Little League, at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, N.Y.
Flood, a 1993 graduate of Iona College, was a four-year letterwinner for the Gaels. Flood earned first team All-Liberty Conference honors in 1991 and served as team captain of the Gaels in 1992.
Has served as the offensive line coach for the Scarlet Knights since 2005. In 2008 he was promoted to assistant head coach under Greg Schiano. On January 31, 2012, Flood replaced Schiano after he left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their newest head coach.
Inaugural season in the Big Ten
Kyle Flood led the Scarlet Knights into the Big Ten Conference in their entrance into the conference. The team went 4-0 in non-conference play with wins over Washington State, Howard, Navy, and Tulane. Flood's squad received its first loss on September 13, 2014 to the Penn State Nittany Lions 13-10 after leading the game late into the fourth quarter. Rutgers won its first Big Ten game in its first ever meeting with the Michigan Wolverines 26-24 on October 4, 2014. Rutgers beat Indiana University 45-23 on November 15, 2014 to become bowl eligible for the 4th consecutive year. On November 29, 2014 after trailing the Maryland Terrapins 35-10 in the second quarter, Flood's Scarlet Knights squad completed the largest comeback win in Rutgers Football history, winning 41-38. Notable losses were to Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. Rutgers' regular season record was 7-5 after going 3-5 in conference. Flood then coached the Scarlet Knights to his first ever bowl victory and the sixth overall for Rutgers over the North Carolina Tar Heels, 40-21 in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl, giving Rutgers a respectable 8-5 record in its first Big Ten season.
Controversies, 2015 season
The 2015 football season began with the shadow of several incidents, including alleged misconduct by Flood and the arrests on violent felony criminal charges of several of the Rutgers football players. There were doubts that Flood would be coaching the season opener and some speculation amongst news media and fans about the possibility of Flood's firing or resignation. Some fans have called for the return of Flood's predecessor, Greg Schiano as head coach. According to The Asbury Park Press, students remarked that the recent controversies tarnish the university's reputation. The 15-member Rutgers Board of Governors, one of the school's two governing bodies, and university president Robert Barchi met on September 11 in a closed-door emergency session to discuss ongoing "athletic matters" and the potential for litigation in the wake of these controversies and arrests. The following incidents have raised a cloud over Flood's future coaching the team:
- On May 24, 2015, redshirt freshman defensive back Darian Dailey was arrested in Florida on felony robbery charges.
- In late August 2015, Head Coach Kyle Flood suspended five players from the first half of the season opener for violating team policies on breaking curfews.
- On September 3, 2015, ten suspects including six current Rutgers Scarlet Knights football players were arrested and charged with felony assault, armed robbery, criminal restraint, conspiracy, riot, and weapons possession charges stemming from an April 26, 2015 incident in New Brunswick, New Jersey characterized as a home invasion robbery. Five players were dismissed from the team moments before the season-opening football game against the Norfolk State Spartans. A sixth player was arrested a few days later.
- Several of the players arrested in this incident had previous arrests in 2013 and 2014 for other criminal charges.
- One of the suspects in the home invasion robbery and assault was the center of an ongoing investigation into head coach Kyle Flood for possible violations of school policy and NCAA regulations for claims that Flood contacting faculty regarding the academic status of a player. According to New Jersey Advance Media, publisher of the Star-Ledger and other statewide newspapers, Flood defied academic support staff by contacting a professor and that sources stated that Flood attempted to "circumvent the process and trying to get the kid eligible". On September 16, 2015, the university-led investigation determined that Flood's conduct was improper and university president Robert Barchi imposed a $50,000 fine and suspended him for three games. Rutgers associate head coach Norries Wilson would coach during his suspension in games against Penn State, Kansas, and Michigan State.
Head coaching record
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big East Conference) (2012)|
|2012||Rutgers||9–4||5–2||T–1st||L Russell Athletic|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights (American Athletic Conference) (2013)|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big Ten Conference) (2014–present)|
|2014||Rutgers||8–5||3–5||T–4th (East)||W Quick Lane|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
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