Rutgers Football: Meet New Scarlet Knights Coach Kyle Flood

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2012

It appeared the Rutgers football team was heading in the right direction. In the last seven seasons, they made six bowl games and won at least eight games in five of the last six seasons.

That, of course, was under former head coach Greg Schiano, who surprisingly became the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after spending 11 years as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers had to find a new head coach quickly, because they have a solid recruiting class this season that includes very talented players. There are also a few players that are considering the university and with national signing day right around the corner, they needed some type of stability in place.

They were in serious danger of losing some of their top players.

It didn't take long for Rutgers to find a replacement, as they have decided to hire Kyle Flood as their new head coach. This comes after Rutgers heavily pursued FIU coach Mario Cristobal and even extended an offer to the Panthers head coach.

Once Cristobal respectfully declined the offer, Rutgers really had no choice but to hire Flood, as he was the most realistic option out there for the university.

He has spent the last seven years with this Rutgers program as an offensive line coach and has been the assistant coach the last four years. He's done some great work with his offensive lines, as he won an FCS national championship with Delaware in 2003.

In 2007, he was also responsible for an offensive line that only allowed 10 sacks on the year. That was also the season where Rutgers became the first team in NCAA history to have a 2,000-yard rusher, 3,000-yard passer and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.

Flood was also an offensive line coach for Hofstra for four seasons and helped the Pride reach the FCS playoffs three times. He began his coaching career in 1995 at Long Island University-C.W. Post and actually played football himself at Iona College.

He's a local guy that should be able to do a good job taking over this program. He's been with the team for a while and although he's never been a head coach, he has had great success over the years working with offensive lines.

His first task will include trying to protect one of the Rutgers best recruiting classes in the history of their program.

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