The Rutgers athletic department extended coach Kyle Flood’s contract for two years, and did so entirely with private donations. The new deal, good through 2018, gives Flood more flexibility in recruiting and more momentum heading into Saturday’s game against Penn State.
Athletic director Julie Hermann raised the money privately, a positive step when it comes to Rutgers and Big Ten fundraising.
“It is more complex anytime something involves private funding but we are very grateful to the supporters who were willing to help us address our need to step up to our Big Ten peers,” Hermann said.
The timing of the deal could not have been better, coming two days before the inaugural Big Ten game with dozens of big-time recruits set to attend.
The deal itself, however, was not planned to get done during Penn State game week. The timing, though coincidental, proves fortuitous for Rutgers.
“We had a goal to accomplish this through private funding before our season but certainly before the first Big Ten game,” Hermann said. “It just happened that all of the final details were worked out this week. I would reiterate what coach Kyle Flood stated today that this allows him to send a message that he can tell recruits he expects to be here for their careers.”
Hermann visited Flood in person during today’s final practice before Penn State, taking time away from meetings leading up to kickoff.