Flood suspended three games, fined $50,000
It’s Wednesday, so inevitably that means there’s bad news for Rutgers.
Coach Kyle Flood has been suspended three games and fined $50,000 for having impermissible contact with a university professor regarding the academic standing of former Rutgers player Nadir Barnwell. Flood had sent an email from his personal account to inquire about Barnwell’s academic standing, which is against institutional rules.
Flood, who had been under investigation the last two weeks, was handed his punishment on Wednesday. He was told that if he was found guilty of violating the university rule, he would face suspension or possible termination.
The fourth-year coach reportedly ignored the advise of academic advisors to contact the professor involved. Apparently it was even worse than NJ.com originally reported.
The details are coming now. Flood not only emailed the professor, but had an in-person meeting — and this was after he was told not to.
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) September 16, 2015
According to the report, Flood met with the university professor and avoided wearing Rutgers apparel to avoid being recognized. Flood also made corrections to Barnwell’s paper, though that isn’t in direct violation of university policy.
To read the complete report of the university’s findings, click here. It’s worth your time.
Flood was not available for his usual Wednesday media availability and has declined discussing the matter until it was played out.
The news of Flood’s suspension comes on the heels of what’s been a tumultuous month for the program. Six players have been kicked off the team for arrests in the last two weeks. That doesn’t include star receiver Leonte Carroo, who suspended indefinitely after being arrested for domestic violence.
Flood coached both games Rutgers played this season while he was under investigation. Running backs coach Norries Wilson will be the interim coach when the Scarlet Knights kick off Big Ten play against Penn State on Saturday.