In the final part of our three-piece series, Flood talks about putting his own stamp on the program, learning from Schiano and the best perk of being the boss.
Do you have to put your own stamp on the program?
Flood: I don't look at it that way. Unlike other jobs where guys got fired and they weren't winning and the whole staff gets thrown, then they need to change this and this and this. That's not the program I took over. I took over a program that's been to six bowl games in the last seven years. We do a lot of things really at a high level here. We just need to do them a little better to get to where we want to go.
I don't look at it as I have to put my stamp on the program. By virtue of being the head coach, when we win I'll get too much credit, whereas it will be more about the team effort of everybody that is here in the Hale Center.
What has the last month been like?
Flood: It feels like the fastest 24 hours of my life. It's been great. It's been exciting. It's been long days, a lot of things to do, but methodically we've been able to get them done, and getting the staff hired was the first part. It's been a dream come true, the entire experience. Not just the day getting the job.
Are you days longer as a head coach or assistant coach?
Flood: Getting the staff in place was the biggest priority. Now, we come in, get to work, have our staff meeting. The days are longer, but they're different. I'm a morning person, so I like to get here early. I would much rather get here at 6 a.m. then stay until all hours of the night because I can get a lot more things done between 6-8 a.m. because no one else is here. That's been a bit part of it.
How is a work day different?
Flood: I have to do my work, but also a part of the day communicating with different departments in the building to answer their questions.
Has anything come as a big surprise so far? Flood: Greg was always very good to me, letting me in things. He would always say things like, ‘Hey, just remember this when you're a head coach.' When someone who's done it for as long as he did says that to you, you immediately go and write it down because when the time is right, you want to be able to pull that stuff out.
What types of things did you write down?
Flood: What I had over the years was just folders of the different departments, whether it be offense, defense, special teams, strength and conditioning, video …whatever it would be. And over the years, wherever I was, whatever I liked, I would always put it in the file. So I had kind of a living, breathing folder of ideas.
So as I get to the different stages of the year, going through this for the first time, I do have stuff that I will draw on from the past.
What is the best part of being head coach?
Flood: The parking spot. No doubt. Sometimes when you leave campus in the middle of the day you come back and you can't find a parking spot. Now, I don't have to worry about it anymore.