On the same day it fired athletics director Julie Hermann, Rutgers is moving on from head coach Kyle Flood.
Much like his boss, Flood’s recent tenure was marked by controversy, with multiple player suspensions, arrests and, to top it off, his own three-game suspension and $50,000 fine for breaching the church-state wall between football and academics.
To top that off, the team struggled mightily on the field.
Flood won nine of his first 10 games in taking over for Greg Schiano in 2012 but went just 18-23 after that. His Knights went just 4-12 in two years of Big Ten play, including a 1-7 mark (4-8 overall) this season.
Here is Rutgers president Robert Barchi’s letter detailing his firing of Flood and AD Julie Hermann:
To the Rutgers Community:
Today is a day of change for our Department of Athletics.
This afternoon, I spoke with Head Football Coach Kyle Flood and met with Director of Athletics Julie Hermann and informed them that I was exercising the university’s right to terminate their contracts without cause and that I am relieving them of their duties effective immediately.
Kyle Flood has been a loyal and dedicated member of our community for more than a decade and our head football coach for four seasons, during which his teams won 26 games and played in three bowl games.
However, our continued struggles on the field combined with several off the field issues have convinced me that we need new leadership of our football program. I want to thank Kyle for his service to Rutgers and I also wish him and his family well in his next endeavor.
Norries Wilson will serve as the Interim Head Coach leading our off-season program until a new head coach is hired.
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