Report: Flood under investigation for rules violation
NJ.com’s Keith Sargeant reported on Tuesday that Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is being investigated by the university for alleged impermissible contact with a faculty member regarding the status of one of his players.
According to the report, the university could suspend or even fire Flood depending on the severity of the accusations involved.
Here’s what Sargent’s story said in regards to Flood’s pending case.
The university’s office of general counsel is investigating the severity of the alleged violation, which, the sources said, is focused on an email Flood allegedly sent from a personal account to a faculty member at the university’s Mason Gross School of Arts regarding the status of Nadir Barnwell. The junior cornerback is reportedly in danger of being deemed academically ineligible.
The two university officials, who are not directly responsible for matters related to the athletics program yet have knowledge of the investigation, were not authorized to comment on the investigation. They spoke to NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity. One of the people with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media the investigation is expected to be concluded quickly.
Whether or not Flood or Barnwell will receive punishment before the season opener on Sept. 5 remains to be seen. Barnwell has been waiting to be cleared academically while he practiced with the team.
Flood responded to the report before practice on Tuesday with this statement to the media, according to NJ.com:
“Let me start by saying I’m disappointed at the tone of the article that (associate athletic director for media relations/football) Hasim (Phillips) showed me this morning,” Flood said. “I’ve been the head coach now, this is going into my fourth season, and I’ve had a lot of interaction with the teachers on our campus. I think that that article not only insults my integrity, but insults the integrity of our faculty. I’ve come to realize that our faculty here at Rutgers is beyond reproach and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.
“Our faculty are part of our program. Just as recently as the other day, we had two faculty members at our practice. Now, any correspondence that I had with a professor in regard to a student-athlete would really be of this nature: One, to be in support of whatever decision that faculty member made, and two, to inquire as to whether or not there would be an opportunity to earn a better grade. Now, this practice is not unusual at Rutgers. Many students all over campus receive what are called ‘T grades’ doing work outside of when the class ends that semester to earn a better grade.”