Sports

Rutgers Suspends Coach Kyle Flood For Three Games, Fines Him $50K For Faculty Contact

cb6542e9d9ac7022fc60_92e81b6c8d010f1a6ea0_IMG_8590.JPG
Rutgers Head Football Coach Kyle Flood. Credits: Ed Birch
cb6542e9d9ac7022fc60_92e81b6c8d010f1a6ea0_IMG_8590.JPG

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers Head Football Coach Kyle Flood will sit out the Scarlet Knights next three games and pay a $50,000 fine for “inappropriately” contacting a professor about one of his players performance in a course, university officials said today.

“I believe that the discipline is severe and justified for his failure to follow policy,” University President Dr. Robert Barchi said in a statement Wednesday. “I met with Coach Flood this afternoon and informed him of the suspension and the fine and he has accepted responsibility for his actions and my discipline.”

Barchi’s statement included the release of a campus investigation report into accusations that Flood contacted a professor to increase the academic standing of one of his players by submitting an additional paper after the course was completed.

Sign Up for E-News

While names of the professor and student were redacted, Flood has admitted in prior press conferences that the intervention was made on behalf of Nadir Barnwell, 20, of Piscataway.

Barnwell was recently dismissed from the football program after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a group of students with other football players, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

A 19-year-old student suffered a broken jaw during the melee, according to police.

Flood, who previously expressed his “disappointment” for going to bat for Barnwell, accepted his “discipline,” and took personal responsibility for the incident, according to Barchi’s statement.

"I take full responsibility and accept the consequences of my actions. I care deeply about my student-athlete’s academic performance," Flood said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "As the head coach, when I recruit players, my responsibility to them and their families is to do all I can to make sure they leave Rutgers with a degree and are prepared for a successful life off the football field."

According to a summary of the report, Flood used a personal email account to contact Barnwell’s professor for a spring semester course to see if she could help Barnwell get a better grade by submitting a paper even though the course had ended.

Even after being told to stay clear of the situation by the athletic support office, which handles interactions between coaches and faculty for the players, Flood continued to contact the professor and even had a personal meeting with her, according to the report.

The extra paper was submitted with some editorial guidance from Flood, the report said, but the grade was never changed.

The report said that the editorial changes Flood helped Barnwell make were no different that the academic support staff would have suggested.

“As a member of the faculty and as a former Provost myself, I know that Coach Flood’s actions in communicating with the faculty member crossed a line that all faculty hold dear.  Our faculty must have complete independence in executing their duties and there is a reason why we prohibit athletics coaching staff from discussing the academic standing of students with faculty,” Barchi said. “We have policies in place to protect academic integrity and to ensure that any faculty member, whether tenured or untenured, whether full-time or part-time, is free of intimidation and interference by outside parties.”

Barchi said that the matter is also being looked at by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) to see if any of its by-laws were broken.

This is but the latest chink in the Scarlet Knights football program’s armor that has some calling for Flood to be fired.

A rash of eight current and former players, including Barnwell, are under arrest for some alleged serious criminal acts including home invasions on the campus that stole cash and drugs from other students.

Barchi said that the school would increase training to make sure coaches and faculty know the clear communication boundaries going forward.

“We have high expectations of every member of our community and no one is free from responsibility,” Barchi said. “We must use this opportunity to grow, to do more and to do better.  And we will.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

County of Union to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time on June 4

May 24, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - A rainbow flag will fly for the first time at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced they are holding a public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony for Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“Raising the rainbow flag ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Union County Clerk Extends Office Hours, June 2nd for Primary Election Voters Using Mail-In Ballots

May 24, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced that her Main Office in Elizabeth will be open for special hours on Saturday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for voters seeking last-minute mail-in ballots. Ms. Rajoppi’s Annex Office in Westfield will also be open for ballots on June 2 for its regular Saturday hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Any voter can use a ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

May 22, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 05/17/2018 @ 2012 hrs.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Charles McKoy, 19, North Plainfield

Arrested by: Ptl. James ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_1da61d9690df0a4b2374_264c0972082c640e3c33_20180411_093814

Fri, June 1, 5:00 PM

Cranford Elks, Cranford

Spaghetti Dinner and Tricky Tray to Benefit Relay ...

Food & Drink

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

I totally Support Garwood Mayor Lombardo and His Team

May 22, 2018

A lot of people call me the “Voice of Garwood” because I usually have a lot to say. Those who know me know I only say things that I mean and that are truthful. I totally support our current mayor, Charles Lombardo, and his running mates, Jennyfer and Vincent, because I believe in them, and they are truthful. I would appreciate the people of Garwood coming together to re-elect Mayor ...