Kyle Flood announced that his defensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach will not return next season.
Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski will also not coach in the upcoming Pinstripe Bowl.
“After reviewing the season, I felt it was in the best interest of our program to make these staff changes,” Flood said in a statement. “I appreciate all of the efforts of these coaches during their time in Piscataway and wish them well in their future endeavors.”
Joe Rossi will serve in the interim as Rutgers’ defensive coordinator for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl while offensive coordinator Ron Prince will add the duties of coaching the quarterbacks in the bowl game, the team said.
“Our football program continues to evolve and grow, as evidenced by the changes Coach Flood just announced. I support these moves and Kyle’s leadership as we transition into the Big Ten,” Athletics Director Julie Hermann said in a statement. “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.”
GEICO SportsNite covers Rutgers’ 77-71 loss to Seton Hall on Sunday evening where Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights with 20 points.
Rutgers fell Sunday night to Seton Hall, 77-71, marking its third consecutive loss and fifth in its last six games. The Scarlet Knights are now 4-6 on the season
1. Inside Out
Rutgers could not keep up with the Pirates on the defensive side of the ball. Seemingly always a step behind, the Knights either left shooters — namely Sterling Gibbs and Brian Oliver — open on the edge or left center Eugene Teague free to have his way in the paint. As a result, Teague had his third double-double of the season with more than 14 minutes remaining in the game. Meanwhile, Gibbs eclipsed his team-leading scoring average of 14.6 points per game in even less time. He finished with 27 points while Teague ended with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The only opening Rutgers hag came with 7:22, when Oliver was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Junior Etou.
2. Late Bloomers
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GEICO SportsNite covers Rutgers’ win over South Florida, helping the Scarlet Knights finish the season at 6-6.
Rutgers is going to a bowl game thanks to their 31-6 win over South Florida.
Chas Dodd threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns, while Paul James added two of his own on the ground. James rushed for 113 yards on 26 carries.
RU’s defense caused two turnovers — one interception, one fumble — to improve to 6-6 for the season.
The win means Rutgers will face off with Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
“We’re really excited to go back to Yankee Stadium,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. “I think it’s a really attractive matchup. It’s a very attractive matchup to our fan base.”
Opening coin toss
Heads – If Rutgers wins…
It might have a chance to salvage it season. It needs this win badly. As is often the way in sports, fans already are starting to demand coaching changes, such changes not being financially viable without Big 10 money (or even at all). Flood has fallen far from fan’s graces and the Kyle Flood who began his head coaching career 7-0 and clinched a share of Rutgers’ first ever conference title is far in the rearview mirror. All the fans ever care about is the team that sits on the edge of not making a bowl game for only the second time in the last decade. So even if the Scarlet Knights pull off a win and make a bowl game — which they do not do with a loss — they likely need to compound it with a win in that bowl game to make this season even a remote success, especially after an embarrassing loss to Connecticut. A win will also go a long way in helping quiet fans as far as Flood’s job standing, not that they can weigh in on the actual decision. But one win against South Florida is not enough. Rutgers needs a bowl win as well to save at least some face.
Tails – If Rutgers loses…
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Rutgers’ men’s basketball traveled to George Washington and lost 93-87 on Wednesday night.
Mack Myles led the way for Rutgers, dropping 26, while Jerome Seagears came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 23.
This is Rutgers’ second loss in a row and fourth in the last five games. They are now 4-5 on the season.
Rutgers men’s basketball on SNY
Rutgers men’s basketball team will welcome George Washington on Wednesday night, live on SNY at 7 p.m.