Kyle Flood let Rutgers to a ___ win over Louisville on Thursday night, clinching the Scarlet Knights' first Big East title and first trip to a BCS game, presumably the Orange Bowl against the ACC champion.
In just his first season at the helm, Flood (10-2) joins an elite company of seven coaches to reach a BCS game in his debut season. Plenty of coaches have made it to the promised land in their second and third years, but only the group below have gotten their in year one:
Larry Coker, Miami: 2002 Rose Bowl (beat Nebraska, 37-14)
Ralph Friedgen, Maryland: 2002 Orange Bowl (lost to Florida, 56-22)
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame: 2006 Fiesta Bowl (lost to Ohio State, 34-20)
Chris Petersen, Boise State: 2007 Fiesta Bowl (beat Oklahoma, 43-42 in overtime)
Chip Kelly, Oregon: 2010 Rose Bowl (lost to Ohio State, 26-17)
David Shaw, Stanford: 2012 Fiesta Bowl (lost to Oklahoma State, 41-38 in overtime)
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia: 2012 Orange Bowl (beat Clemson, 70-33)
Rutgers' win is not only the first BCS game in Flood's time as a head coach, but also in the school's history. The school that lauched football way back in 1869 has never played in a traditional New Year's Day bowl game until this season.
A congratulations are in order not just to Flood and his staff and players, but also to his predecessor Greg Schiano for laying a solid groundwork that allowed Flood to hit the ground running.