Rutgers moves forward with Flood

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Longtime Rutgers assistant Kyle Flood is getting his first shot at running a program, replacing his former boss with the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers has promoted Flood to head coach. The 41-year-old had been a member of Schiano’s staff since 2005, coaching offensive linemen and working his way up to assistant head coach. He became interim coach when Schiano left last week to take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching job.

Flood accepted the permanent job Monday and his hiring became official the day before national signing day, when high school recruits can begin to make their college choices binding.

Rutgers turned to Flood soon after Florida International coach Mario Cristobal passed on a chance to replace Schiano, who went 68-67 in 11 seasons with the Scarlet Knights.