- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Rutgers has decided to hire interim head coach Kyle Flood, The Associated Press has reported.
Flood, the offensive line coach the last seven seasons, replaces Greg Schiano. He interviewed for the job this weekend and was one of two finalists. The other, FIU coach Mario Cristobal, reportedly pulled out of contract negotiations on Monday.
The move should help Rutgers keep its recruiting class intact and some continuity in the program.
Floyd was appointed interim head coach when Schiano left for the Tampa Bay Bucs last week. Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said of that decision: "A lot of the reason that we are moving Kyle into that position is that he has been here a long time. He has great relationships with the players. He has great relationships with recruiting. Already, we’ve had some impromptu meetings, he has embraced it. He’s excited to do it. The first thing out of his mouth was, ‘I’m going to get the staff together and we’re going to figure out how to get this class in here.’ So far, so good. Kyle has been around here a long time and it was just an obvious choice."