Flood Cancels Monday Activites for Safety

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood cancelled all team activities for safety reasons.. Flood, who spoke with the media on today's Big East conference call, discussed the impact Hurricane Sandy on the bye week schedule and the team mindset following the Kent State loss.

Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood cancelled team activities today and may do the same tomorrow because of Hurricane Sandy's path through campus.

With Rutgers University classes and activities closed through Wednesday morning, Flood decided to err on the side of caution with hopes of resuming a normal schedule by midweek.

"We've got a couple of different challenges," Flood said. "We've cancelled all of our activities for the day to keep everybody safe and we felt that was the best thing to do. It's certainly not safe for the players and the program to be traveling."

The Scarlet Knights played shortly after Hurricane Isaac hit Rutgers last year but benefit from the timing of the bye week this year. Rutgers preemptively deflated its practice bubble last night and hope to get back to work tomorrow afternoon.

"Tomorrow we were going to practice originally, but right now if I had to make a decision right now, it looks like we're not going to be able to do that," Flood said. "What we'll do is try to bring the players in in the afternoon and get a chance to review the film and lift and run in the weight room and get back to the practice field Wednesday morning."

As a resident of Middlesex Township, Flood sent his best wishes to the local community.

"I see it living in the town of Middlesex, surrounded by the town of Bound Brook and Piscataway and Dunellen," Flood said. "I see it driving in now. I remember the last time we had a hurricane two years ago, it took me about two-and-a-half hours to get here and I only live about six miles away. I certainly can see it first hand and that's why we made the decision we did today. I think it's in the best interest of the program."

In his third time with the media since losing 35-23 to unranked Kent State, Flood was his most supportive of quarterback Gary Nova, who remains the unquestioned starter at the position.

"Gary is a proven winner and I think he's proven that," Flood said. "… Gary was fighting to win that game and I think that's a testament to his courage and his willpower. Gary is an excellent leader and he is the leader of our offense as the quarterback. I don't have any doubt that Gary will be better through this experience even though it was painful."

Flood said he is a believer in allowing his players to grow into roles. Regardless of performance, mixing and matching starters is not something Flood wants to have to do.

"I really feel that way about every position on the team," Flood said. "I think it's important that when somebody establishes themselves as a starter, they have to have a chance to learn. You would love for all of those learning opportunities to come with success, but that's not the reality of competitive Division I football. Sometimes those learning experiences come in losses and I really felt, at all points in that game, that Gary was going to be the guy to bring us back."

Fifth-year senior linebacker Khaseem Greene is one of 16 finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Maxwell Football Club president Ron Jaworski announced this morning.

Greene is the reigning co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year and leads Rutgers with 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

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