According to a report from NJ.com, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is under investigation for a rules violation. The story from reporter Keith Sargeant indicates the investigation is due to “impermissible contact with a university faculty member regarding the status of one of his players.”
Cornerback Nadir Barnwell is the player in question, as the junior’s status has been a question mark this offseason due to academics. Barnwell is a key piece of the secondary for the Scarlet Knights, starting six games and recording 29 tackles in 2014.
The NJ.com article indicates Flood allegedly sent an e-mail from a personal account to a faculty member regarding Barnwell and his status.
The punishment for the contact could range from a reprimand to a suspension or a firing.
The big question for the investigation will be the content and intent of the e-mail Flood sent. Was it a simple check-in e-mail? Or was there another motive for contacting the faculty member? Flood’s punishment will revolve around the contents of that e-mail.
Flood was promoted to head coach after Greg Schiano left for the NFL after the 2011 season. In three years with Rutgers, Flood is 23-16 and guided the program to an 8-5 record in its Big Ten debut last season.