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Rutgers Fires Coach, AD After Tumultuous Year, Dismal Season

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Kyle Flood at a news conference. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

By    |   Monday, 30 Nov 2015 10:22 AM

Rutgers fired football Coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann on Sunday, with university President Robert Barchi saying the school needed to make a "fresh start" after a tumultuous year in which the new member of the Big Ten finished the season at 4-8.

Barchi announced the departure of Flood and Hermann in a message on the school's athletic website.

During the season Flood was suspended for three games for violating a university compliance policy while seven of his players were arrested on a number of criminal charges, said NJ Advance Media.

"Kyle Flood has been a loyal and dedicated member of our community for more than a decade and our head football coach for four seasons, during which his teams won 26 games and played in three bowl games," said Barchi.

"However, our continued struggles on the field combined with several off the field issues have convinced me that we need new leadership of our football program."

Flood said he wasn't aware of rules preventing him from contacting academic advisers after he was accused of trying to get a player's grade changed, which led to his suspension, reported the Washington Post.

Hermann, hired three years ago to replace fired Tim Pernetti, who left in the middle of a scandal on the Rutgers basketball team, was involved in various missteps, according to the Asbury Park Press. Rice was fired as coach in 2013 in connection with allegations that he abused his players, said Sports Illustrated.

Hermann found herself under the microscope for her handling of bullying allegations against a former assistant football coach; telling a journalism class that it would be 'great' if the Newark Star-Ledger went out of business, and for criticizing football alums for not donating enough back to the school.

"Julie came to Rutgers in 2013, at a time when the program was in turmoil, with a vision of where she could take our athletics program," said Barchi. "I believe, however, at this point, when major changes are being made in our football program, we need a fresh start."

Patrick Hobbs, dean emeritus of the Seton Hall University School of Law, and former interim athletic director there, was hired to replace Hermann.

"I've known Dean Hobbs for many years and he has always been a person of great character and judgment, as well as an effective leader and manager," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the Asbury Park Press. Hobbs had served Christie as ombudsman for the Office of the Governor, noted the newspaper.

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Rutgers fired football Coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann on Sunday, with university President Robert Barchi saying the school needed to make a "fresh start" after a tumultuous year in which the new member of the Big Ten finished the season at 4-8.
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