Rutgers Scarlet Knights head football coach Kyle Flood could potentially be fired for a rules violation committed this summer, per Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.
Per Sargeant, Flood “could face a suspension or firing because of impermissible contact with a university faculty member regarding the status of one of his players.”
Rutgers’ office of general counsel is investigating the matter, which is centered on an email Flood sent from a personal account to a faculty member regarding the eligibility of junior cornerback Nadir Barnwell.
That said, if Flood is to be disciplined for merely sending an email asking about one of his players, that is even more proof that the NCAA needs to be reformed. No evidence, at least thus far, suggests that Flood is guilty of giving impermissible benefits to his players and until such evidence is found beyond the fact that he just sent an email from a personal account to a Rutgers faculty member, this should not be blown out of proportion.
Granted, this becomes a much different story if Flood tried to COERCE said faculty member into upping Barnwell’s grade so that he could be academically eligible to play, but if Flood merely emailed just to check in, then this should be a non-issue.
Flood has gone 23-16 in three seasons with Rutgers and has done a good enough job with the team, so to have him fired over something as frivolous as this would be just plain ridiculous.
But rules are also rules and it’s looking like Rutgers is just doing its due diligence in its investigation, so Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
Rutgers opens the season at home against the MEAC’s Norfolk State Spartans on September 5.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports