PISCATAWAY, NJ – After a heartbreaking 46-41 loss against the Maryland Terrapins today, Coach Kyle Flood’s future as head coach of the Scarlett Knights football program has been called into question.
During a fourth quarter pre-recorded public service announcement featuring Flood, boos echoed through the partially filled High Point Solutions Stadium from fans expressing their frustration about the team’s losing season, one that also faced distractions from the arrests of numerous players, including several subsequently being dismissed from the team. And Flood himself served a three game suspension for discussing a player’s grades with a professor.
“It’s been a tough year,” said Flood during the post-game press conference. “We’re all disappointed.”
All of this also called into question Athletic Director Julie Hermann’s ability to lead a Big 10 football program.
President Robert Barchi has called a meeting for tomorrow with Hermann. It is speculated they will discuss the problems that have plagued the Scarlet Knights football program this season. Rumors have been circulating for some time that both she and Coach Flood could be fired at the end of the season.
Hermann was in Virginia today watching the RU Women’s Soccer Team’s semi-final victory over the University of Virginia Cavaliers, advancing the program to their first ever Final-4 appearance.
Flood remained confident he’ll continue as head football coach. “Nobody’s given me any indication that I wouldn’t be the football coach,” he said.
Flood also defended his coaching record. “We’ve won the only conference championship in the history of the program; we’ve won the only Lambert Championship in the history of the program; and we’ve gone to three bowl games in four years,” continued Flood. “And I fully expect to be head coach here for a long time.”
Today’s loss ended the season for the Scarlet Knights, bringing their record to 4-8, the second worst for the program since the 2010 season. For Coach Flood, this is the second losing season out of the four years he’s been at the helm, bringing his record to 27-24 overall.