Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has been suspended three games and fined $50,000 after an investigation into academic rule violations. The news about Flood’s suspension was first reported by NJ.com’s Keith Sargeant.
Flood will miss Saturday’s game against Penn State and will sit out the Scarlet Knights’ games against Kansas and Michigan State. Running backs coach Norries Wilson will serve as the interim coach for the next three games. Flood will return for Rutgers’ Oct. 17 matchup against Indiana.
An investigation into Flood began shortly before the season after NJ.com reported the fourth-year coach sent an e-mail to a faculty member regarding the status of one his players – Nadir Barnwell. The cornerback’s status was in question for 2015 due to academics. The contents of the e-mail to the faculty member have not been released, but Flood was reportedly told to not contact academic support about the status of the player.
Flood was on the hot seat entering last season but guided Rutgers to an 8-5 record in its Big Ten debut. The Scarlet Knights are off to a 1-1 start in 2015.