Rutgers Football: Let the Kyle Flood Era Begin

David AbelContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2012

As we are well aware, the hiring of former coach Greg Schiano by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left a major void to fill for the Rutgers football program. Enter Kyle Flood.

Flood has been on the RU staff since 2008, and has held positions of offensive line coach, run game coordinator, co-offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

He has regularly proven that he has the ability to get the most out of his players in the trenches. His players have consistently garnered All-Big East accolades, and some have even made a splash in the NFL.

Adding to those perks, Flood has seen tremendous success as a coach—and not only at Rutgers. In his early years he helped lead CW Post to an ECAC Division II title, and in 2004 helped lead the Blue Hens of Delaware to a FCS championship.

The fact that Flood has seen success throughout his entire career allows me to believe he has the right formula to lead this team to the next level.

As for recruiting, that is still to be seen. Many of the recruits that Rutgers received this past week were Schiano’s guys. It will be interesting to see how his recruiting affects the future of this program in dire need of a BCS trophy.

Flood was a recruiting coordinator at Delaware, forcing me to think he does have an idea what he is doing. He also has the backing of many area high school coaches, meaning he should be able to have an advantage in the “back yard.”

To be honest, when the announcement first came, I questioned, “Who? Kyle Flood? Who?” But after reading some articles and listening to some people talk about him, it seems that Flood is more than capable of bringing Rutgers up the necessary step.

The fact that even the “great” (and I use that term lightly) Greg Schiano couldn’t lead the Knights to a Big East championship or BCS bid takes vital pressure off of Flood. Once Flood gets his feet under him, I think it could be a nice marriage between he and the school.

Camp doesn’t begin until late summer, but until then, Rutgers fans, keep choppin’!