Rutgers Coaching Search: Kyle Flood Officially Becomes Rutgers Coach

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Kyle Flood Officially Introduced As Rutgers Football Coach

Rutgers officially introduced Kyle Flood as its new head football coach today. Flood, who had been an assistant at Rutgers for seven season, reportedly received a five-year contract.

From the Rutgers website, here are a few thoughts on Flood from former Rutgers players:

Anthony Davis, San Francisco 49ers starting right tackle and the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft (Rutgers 2007-09)

“Coach Flood is the right guy for the job. The kids that get to play for him are lucky and their parents should be comfortable knowing that their kids are not only in a great program, but also with a great coach. More importantly, Coach Flood is a great father figure and a great man!”

Kevin Haslam, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman (Rutgers 2005-09)

“I think Coach Flood will do a great job as head coach of the program. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had in the game of football. The first thing he said every year to us was ‘Football is about the details’ and that’s what I learned most from Coach Flood and I still use that every day. He is extremely competitive and wants the best out of everyone.”

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Former Rutgers' DB, Devin McCourty, Talks Greg Schiano At Super Bowl 2012

The Rutgers football program has been going through a very tumultuous time since former head coach Greg Schiano left for the NFL last Thursday. On Monday, former Scarlet Knights, now New England Patriots corner back, Devin McCourty addressed the departure of Schiano and the future of the program.

"It is kind of bittersweet," said McCourty, who was a part of the famous recruiting Class of 2005 and was selected 27th overall by the Patriots in the '09 NFL Draft. "He is a big part of my development as a player, and as a person. But, you have to be happy for him. I don't know any coach in that profession that doesn't dream about being a head coach at the highest level of football. To get that opportunity, I think that's great for him.

"But, as a proud alum, seeing him go after the job he has done there at Rutgers. People said we were probably one of the worst programs in college football and then to build it up to what it is today. But, I am sure they will find a replacement and he will do a good job too."

For more on Rutgers football and its recruiting and coaching situation, click the respective SB Nation New York links. Meanwhile, for everything on Super Bowl 2012, visit this StoryStream. For more on McCourty or the New England Patriots visit the SB Nation blog Pats Pulpit.

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Rutgers Football Will Hire Mario Cristobal To Be Next Head Coach, According To Report

Mario Cristobal will become the next head coach of Rutgers football, the New Jersey Press Media reports and the Star-Ledger's Steve Politi confirmed via Twitter. Cristobal, Florida International University's head coach since 2007, reportedly met with Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti Sunday and is currently in negotiations for a contract. Cristobal beat out current Rutgers interim head coach Kyle Flood, who interviewed for the job Saturday.

Cristobal, 41, was an assistant coach ('01-03) under former head coach Greg Schiano, who left Rutgers last Thursday to become the head coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For the past five seasons, Cristobal has tried to rebuild a FIU program that went 0-12 before he got there and did an excellent job. After going 1-11 in his first year, Cristobal led the Golden Panthers to back-to-back bowl bids, including a victory in the Little Caesars Bowl in 2010.

Now, the question is, will Rutgers retain Flood, who last season served as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach, and the rest of the Scarlet Knights coaching staff that has helped bring in a recruiting class currently ranked No. 45 by Scout.com?

The coaching staff also includes offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, who was also in the running for the head coaching job.

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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Rutgers Football Coaching Search: Steve Addazio, Kyle Flood, Frank Cignetti, Mario Cristobal Strong Candidates, According To Report

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program and athletic director Tim Pernetti's search for a new head coach is quickly shaping into form according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. On Saturday, Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger listed five coaching candidates that are being considered for job

"Of the coaches in consideration right now, Temple coach Steve Addazio, current interim coach Kyle Flood — who interviewed today — and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti fit that description. Florida International coach Mario Cristobal was a Rutgers assistant from 2001-03 but has spent the majority of his coaching career in Florida."

Vorkunov wrote that all of these candidate have strong ties Northeast football ties that will be key on, hopefully, keeping recruits who have made verbal commitments to Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights are trying desperately to hang on to verbal commitments three-star wide receiver Leonte Carroo and four-star defensive end Darius Hamilton, who a each from the New Jersey area.

For more updates on the Rutgers' 2012 Recruiting Class, check back to this StoryStream. Meanwhile, SB Nation's blog On The Banks has everything on the Scarlet Knights.

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Candidates To Replace Greg Schiano As Rutgers Coach

Coach Greg Schiano was Rutgers' head coach for 12 seasons and is responsible for putting the school on the map. During Schiano's tenure Rutgers have been to six bowl games, won five and produced NFL-quality talent like Ray Rice and Kenny Britt. Schiano has now left to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and National Signing Day a little more than a week away, the Scarlet Knights are already lining up candidates to replace Schiano.

According to Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger, here are five guys who appear to be on Rutgers' radar: Steve Addazio, Mario Cristobal, Pat Flaherty, James Franklin and Bobby Diaco. Addazio is the head coach of Temple, Cristobal is Florida International's head coach, Flaherty is the New York Giants' offensive line coach, Franklin is the head coach at Vanderbilt and Diaco is Notre Dame's defensive coordinator.

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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Greg Schiano: SI.com Grades Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Hiring Of Former Rutgers Football Head Coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and new head coach Greg Schiano official agreed to terms on a five-year deal Thursday, and SI.com gave the move a letter-grade of D. With all seven of the 2012 NFL head coaching vacancies filled, the website graded them and Schiano's hiring received the worst evolution.

"The thing about Schiano (one that supporters of this move are citing already) is that he ran a very NFL-style system at Rutgers. That professional approach helped turn a dormant program into a moderate success — Rutgers had six winning seasons in the past seven years and currently holds a five-game bowl win streak."

Read more about what SI.com had to say here.

Just a few weeks ago, SI.com's Peter King said on The Dan Patrick radio show that he thinks that Schiano would make a decent NFL head coach.

"If you asked (New England Patriots head coach) Bill Belichick right now, and I know because I've seen Schiano at Patriots training camp a couple of times," said King. "Bill has tremendous regard for Greg Schiano and I think he believes that Schiano will be an excellent NFL coach someday."

"And, everybody says, 'Geez? Rutgers? What is that?'," continued King. "I lived in New Jersey at the time of their sorta Renaissance a few years ago. You know how hard it is to get where Greg Schiano got them to be at Rutgers? Do you know what Rutgers was? Rutgers was the '76 (Tampa Bay) Buccaneers for years and for Schiano to get them competitive in college football is a tremendous accomplishment."

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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Kyle Flood: Rutgers Offensive Line Coach Promoted To Interim Head Coach

With Greg Schiano out of the picture the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program is trying to fill holes as quickly as possible, and did so Thursday by promoting offensive line coach and assistant head coach Kyle Flood to interim head coach, tweeted Jason Baum who's Associate Athletic Director for Communications at Rutgers University. The announcement was made after a players meeting at 3 p.m.


Rutgers' AD Tim Pernetti will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m.


The promotion of Flood, who has been with the program for seven seasons, at least brings a bit of stability, which is very much needed as National Signing Day, Feb. 1, is just a few days away and many verbal commitments are starting to waiver.

According to the Rutgers Athletics website, Flood has also served as assistant coach for four years.

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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Greg Schiano: Former Rutgers Football Head Coach Leaves Behind Impactful Legacy

In a surprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ended their head coaching search and hired Greg Schiano. SB Nation New York reflects on Schiano's accomplishments during his time with the Rutgers football program and asks the question: what's next?

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Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Finalize Five-Year Contract

Quickly, Greg Schiano has become the former head football coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Schiano was a surprise hire by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, and has officially signed a five-year deal to succeed Raheem Morris, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

[Related: What Will Happen To Rutgers' 2012 Recruiting Class?]

Schefter reports that Schiano and the Buccaneers brass met secretly twice, the second time being Wednesday night, and that Schiano was on Tampa Bay's radar throughout the head coach search. The Buccaneers also reportedly reached out to many NFL people for more information, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke quite highly of Schiano.

Tampa Bay had been close to a deal with Chip Kelly, but at the 11th hour Kelly decided to maintain his position as leader of the Oregon Ducks.

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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Greg Schiano, Buccaneers Trying To Finalize Contract To Become Head Coach, According To Report

It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have moved one step closer to filling their vacant head coaching postion, as ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that they are working to finalize a deal with Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.

Schiano's name recently emerged as a candidate, and the Bucs appear to have turned their attention to the former Chicago Bears assistant after an attempt to hire University of Oregon's Chip Kelly fell through during the 11th hour.

[Related: What Will Happen To Rutgers; 2012 Recruiting Class?]

Schiano took over at Rutgers in December of 2000, and has been lauded for turning the program into a Big East contender. In his first two seasons on the job, Schiano won just three games, but has since guided to the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games, winning five of them.

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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Greg Schiano Of Rutgers Target For Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coaching Job

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL might be looking to fill their head-coaching vacancy with a candidate located in Piscataway, N.J. According to NFL Network's insider Jason La Canfora, Rutgers Scarlet Knights head football coach Greg Schiano is under consideration for the Bucs' job. Schiano along with former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman and Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski are also possible targets to fill the vacancy, reports La Canfora.

It was about two weeks ago, that SI.com's Peter King said that Schiano would be a great canidate for an NFL head coaching job, citing that he has close ties with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

"Bill has tremendous regard for Greg Schiano and I think he believes that Schiano will be an excellent NFL coach someday," said King in a radio interview with The Dan Patrick Show, Jan. 12.

Despite the rumors of Schiano making the leap to the NFL, the Rutgers headman did make it clear to The Star-Ledger, Jan. 14, that he has no intention of joining the professional football rankings.

"Of course, if Schiano changes his mind about that," writes Pro Football Talk's Michael David, "he would hardly be the first coach to do so. And owners who are willing to offer $6 million a year can be good about changing coaches’ minds."

The Bucs are currently the only NFL team with out a head coach.

For more on information on this story, check back to this SB Nation New York Storystream. For more on the Rutgers football program, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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