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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood to miss Sept. 26 KU game while serving suspension

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood listens to a question as he addresses the media after his team defeated Norfolk State, 63-13 in an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers has suspended football coach Kyle Flood for three games after he contacted a faculty member over a player’s status. Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced the punishment Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2015, a day after he said he received an internal investigative report. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood listens to a question as he addresses the media after his team defeated Norfolk State, 63-13 in an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers has suspended football coach Kyle Flood for three games after he contacted a faculty member over a player’s status. Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced the punishment Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2015, a day after he said he received an internal investigative report. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

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According to a Wednesday afternoon report from NJ.com, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has been suspended three games and fined $50,000 after a university investigation found Flood responsible for rules violations and a string of off-the-field issues involving a few of his players.

As a result, Flood will miss Rutgers' Sept. 26 home game against Kansas University, along with this week's showdown with Penn State and an Oct. 10 game against Michigan State. The Scarlet Knights have a bye on Oct. 3.

Rutgers President Robert Barchi officially announced the punishment Wednesday, a day after he said he received an internal investigative report.

“I believe that the discipline is severe and justified for his failure to follow policy,” Barchi said in a letter addressed to members of the Rutgers community. “I met with Coach Flood this afternoon and informed him of the suspension and the fine and he has accepted responsibility for his actions and my discipline.”

The Associated Press is reporting that the investigation found that Flood emailed and met in person with a faculty member even though he knew or should have known of the university’s policies prohibiting coach-initiated contact with faculty members regarding students’ academic standing.

The report, which centered on Flood's inquiries about the academic status and eligibility of junior cornerback Nadir Barnwell, also found that Flood provided grammatical and minor editorial suggestions for a player’s paper to complete a course.

In addition to his own actions, Flood's control of the program was called into question after Rutgers captain and standout wide receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended after facing assault charges in a domestic violence issue. On Wednesday, Carroo pleaded not guilty to the charge in which authorities say he slammed a woman onto concrete after a football game.

According to the AP, the Carroo incident “is the latest stain on a program that has seen six other players kicked off the team this month after being arrested on charges that include armed robbery and home-invasion burglary and rioting. One of the former players was also charged in two home-invasion robberies.”

Comments

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 10 months ago

So you're saying there's a chance!?! We got this.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 10 months ago

If we win at Rutgers, that's like winless Raiders knocking off the Chiefs.

Joe Ross 6 years, 10 months ago

...you mean a head coach can be found guilty of egregious behavior and still keep his job as head coach? This is news at Kansas!

Brett McCabe 6 years, 10 months ago

Since you like quoting songs from British rock artists, here's one from Jethro Tull "Living in the Past".

To quote Rick Pitino: Mark Mangino isn't walking through that door.

Time for you, Doug and the others to give it up. It's over. We have actual real, current issues to deal with. And with only 10 games left in the football season, we'll only get to read Doug's post on Bowen about 100 more times this year.

Joe Ross 6 years, 10 months ago

Heya Brett, set your megaphone down long enough to allow some space for other commentators to notice a bit of irony here and there. No one, least of all me at this point, is lobbying for his return.

Here's a relaxing song out of the UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ2De...

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

Let's wait and see if that's true at the end of the year though. I would also say that neither situation is comparable because Kyle Flood's is an NCAA matter whereas Mangino's issues were internal with his players and administration.

Joe Ross 6 years, 10 months ago

Well youll certainly get no argument from me that Mangino's issues were less concerning to the NCAA, a fact which only helps to demonstrate my initial point further and to illustrate the sweeping overreaction to begin with.

How it ends as far as whether the Rutgers coach remains employed is really tangential; all I need to show is that initial handling of the situation by our AD at the time was disproportionate and that the witchhunt didnt fit the crime (that is to say as long as Lew would have kept the horse in front of the cart, no insanity that ultimately played out would have ensued). I cant believe theres a single fan who still believes Perkins' approach was reasonable.

As above, Im not lobbying for Manginos return at this point. Im just using the news to help frame the only sensible perspective of the situation.

Edward Daub 6 years, 10 months ago

You are correct Bill , not even the Celtics can save us.

Ian Ballinger 6 years, 10 months ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't four of their starters serving a suspension too? I mean it's terrible that they're going through what they're going through, but hey, couldn't have come at a better time for us.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 10 months ago

That might be part of the reason they lost to WSU - who lost to Portland State, tho it was in a rainstorm that hampered the more pass happy Cougar Air Raid, and 3rd party comparisons are fraught with error.

It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend against PSU, tho I'm still not particularly optimistic about our chances, especially as a first game for many of these players on the road.

Ian Ballinger 6 years, 10 months ago

Yeah i watched the WSU game and saw they lost to Portland State. Very ugly looking game.

Gavin Fritton 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the game he's missing is the KU game.

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