Flood Talks Two New Staff Members

NEW YORK — At Chelsea Piers for Brian Leonard's charity event, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke for the first time about the completion of his coaching staff. Flood formally announced Norries Wilson as running backs coach and Joe Rossi as special teams coach.

NEW YORK — After losing two coaches to Greg Schiano late in the process, Rutgers coacah Kyle Flood acted quickly to bring Norries Wilson and Joe Rossi on board with plenty of time before spring practice begins.

"I think it's great," Flood said on completing his staff. "I'm really excited about it. The process took a couple of turns we didn't expect, but I'm really excited about the people we're going to add to the program. Like I said all along, really good people, quality football coaches."

Wilson joined the program after coaching at Columbia and has experience as the offensive coordinator at Syracuse.

"Norries is somebody who's a former head coach, having done that for over six years and somebody who is an offensive coordinator in our conference, in the Big East," Flood said. "I know he has never been the running backs coach per say, but as the offensive coordinator and somebody with the background as an offensive line coach, [he has] a very strong background in the run game."

Rossi is the former defensive coordinator at Maine and will work as the play-caller on special teams.

"There's a lot of similarities in what that program does and what we do schematically," Flood said. "I think he'll provide some unexpected continuity even though he'll be new to our staff."

Rossi and defensive coordinator Robb Smith worked together at Maine, which gives him an edge in adjusting to the program, Flood said. "I think any time you have a built-in relationship with another coach already on the staff, I think it allows you to go a little bit faster," Flood said.

Flood spoke to the media about his new coaches while attending Brian Leonard's cancer charity event at Chelsea Piers in New York. Leonard is holding the event for the third straight year and hosted many NFL and Rutgers teammates, including Ray Rice, Andy Dalton and the McCourty twins.

"I think it's a great charity and Brian has done so many positives in the community over the years," Flood said. "[This charity] is something that he has spear-headed. To be here on his behalf, it's something he asked me to do, I was proud to be a part of it. It's a great event. It's a great charity. I think cancer has probably touched the lives of a lot of people. It certainly has touched my family and others. It's nice to have an opportunity to be here."


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