Rutgers fired coach Kyle Flood on Sunday, ending a four-year run with the program. Flood guided the Scarlet Knights to a share of the Big East title in 2012, and an 8-5 record in its debut in the Big Ten last season. However, Flood made headlines for all of the wrong reasons this year. He was suspended three games due to an academic scandal, and the program had several off-field incidents in 2015.
In addition to Flood, athletic director Julie Hermann was also fired on Sunday. Patrick Hobbs is Rutgers’ new athletic director and is tasked with getting the football program back on track.
Who might replace Flood at Rutgers? Here are six names to watch:
6 Coaching Candidates to Replace Kyle Flood at Rutgers
Mario Cristobal, offensive line coach, Alabama
Cristobal is a former Rutgers assistant (2001-03) and is believed to be a candidate at his alma mater (Miami). The Miami native is regarded as an excellent recruiter and has head coaching experience after six seasons at FIU. Cristobal inherited a mess at FIU and guided the program to a 27-47 mark from 2007-12, which included back-to-back bowl appearances. He has worked since 2013 as Alabama's offensive line coach.
P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan
Fleck is a former assistant at Rutgers and is regarded as an excellent recruiter. While enthusiasm and energy aren’t necessary attributes for a successful coach, Fleck has both qualities, which is something this program desperately needs after the 2015 season. After spending three years as an assistant at Northern Illinois from 2007-09, Fleck joined Greg Schiano’s staff at Rutgers from 2010-11 and later spent one year with the Buccaneers in 2012. Fleck is 16-21 at Western Michigan but has guided the program to a 15-10 record over the last two seasons.
Al Golden, head coach, Miami
Golden should be a name to watch for openings at Rutgers and Virginia. He’s spent most of his coaching career on the East Coast and is a New Jersey native. Golden’s tenure at Miami ended midway through the 2015 season, finishing his five-year run as the coach in Coral Gables with a 32-25 record. Miami wasn’t the best fit for Golden, and it’s notable he went 27-34 in transforming a struggling Temple program from 2007-10. Golden also has experience as an assistant from stops at Virginia (2001-05), Penn State (2000) and Boston College (1997-99).
Joe Moglia, head coach, Coastal Carolina
Moglia is an interesting name to watch for coaching searches at Rutgers and Syracuse. The New York native has arguably one of the most intriguing backgrounds for a coach at the FBS or FCS level. He’s a former CEO at TD Ameritrade and returned to coaching in 2009 after stepping into the business sector in 1983. Moglia spent two seasons at Nebraska as an unpaid assistant from 2009-10 and worked with the Omaha Nighthawks in 2011. He’s coached at Coastal Carolina the last four seasons, guiding the Chanticleers to a 41-13 mark in that span.
Joe Moorhead, head coach, Fordham
Moorhead is a rising star in the FCS coaching ranks, guiding Fordham to a 38-13 record over the last four seasons. Under Moorhead’s watch, the Rams have made three consecutive trips to the FCS playoffs and finished their 2015 season with a loss to Chattanooga on Saturday. He also has stops in his career as an assistant at Akron and worked at UConn from 2009-11.
Greg Schiano, former Rutgers/Tampa Bay coach
Is a reunion between Schiano and Rutgers possible? Schiano was the head coach for the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11, guiding the program to a 68-67 record. Schiano inherited a struggling program at the bottom of the Big East and led Rutgers to six bowl appearances over the last seven seasons. Schiano left for the NFL in 2012 and spent two seasons with the Buccaneers. Schiano has been out of coaching since he was fired in Tampa Bay after the 2013 season.