Flood Receives Vote of Confidence

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is coming back after receiving a vote of confidence Sunday from athletic director Julie Hermann. The second-year head coach made multiple staff changes following the regular season finale and will return for a third year, Hermann announced.

Rutgers will enter the Big Ten with Kyle Flood as its head coach, announced athletic director Julie Hermann Sunday afternoon. Flood received his vote of confidence in a statement released by the university.

"Our football program continues to evolve and grow, as evidenced by the changes coach Flood just announced," Hermann said regarding changes in assistants. "I support these moves and Kyle's leadership as we transition into the Big Ten.

"In two seasons, Kyle has led us to our first share of the conference championship and has guided our program to two consecutive bowls, including this season's highly anticipated New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Notre Dame."

Flood lost three of his last four games this season, finishing at 6-6, but made his second consecutive bowl game. The 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame is the most high-profile post-season appearance for the Scarlet Knights since the Insight Bowl nearly a decade ago.

Flood, Hermann and boosters all looked for adjustments to be made after the disappointing finish to the season. Those adjustments came Sunday when Flood fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.

Cohen was let go a day after the defense's best performances of the season, holding South Florida to six points. Cohen, however, called the plays for one of the worst statistical defenses in program history.

Wroblewski and Spence were two of the first hires when Flood took over for Greg Schiano, and will not return for third years.

The dismissed assistants are not expected to stay for the bowl game.

Offensive coordinator Ron Prince will continue to work with quarterbacks, while special teams coach Joe Rossi will step in as interim defensive coordinator.

"After reviewing the season, I felt it was in the best interest of our program to make these staff changes," said Flood. "I appreciate all of the efforts of these coaches during their time in Piscataway and wish them well in their future endeavors."

Graduate assistant Darnell Stapleton will be interim line coach, sources said.


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