Kyle Flood

Rutgers interim coach gets interview for vacancy


In the hurried aftermath of Greg Schiano‘s decision to leave Rutgers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, CFT was told that Kyle Flood would be both named interim head coach and given serious consideration for the permanent job.

The former came to fruition as RU announced Schiano’s departure, and the latter is apparently in play as well.

Flood, the long-time RU assistant, confirmed to the Newark Star-Ledger that he interviewed for the Scarlet Knights’ vacancy Saturday.  The confirmed candidate expressed gratitude for being considered, and confidence that it will lead to the interim tag being stripped away in a good way.

“I thought it went very well. I was excited to go into it,” Flood told the paper about his interview. “It’s an honor that they chose me to be in this role and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I stay in it.”

Flood has never been a head coach at this level, and RU athletic director Tim Pernetti intimated during the Schiano exit press conference that prior head coaching experience would be preferred.  One local high school coach, however, espoused the worth of Flood getting handed the keys to the Scarlet Knights program.

“Kyle helped build the (Rutgers) program. If he’s their guy there would be continuity – and that’s the key to any successful program,” Jersey City’s St. Peter’s prep head coach Rich Hansen said. “He also knows the high school coaches in the state. He helped recruit the class they have now. He makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.”

If FIU’s Mario Cristobal or Temple’s Steve Addazio prove to be a fruitless pursuit for Pernetti, Flood could be one helluva fallback option.  Or, the best option regardless of the “name” options and the one that would “make a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.”

Steve Spurrier discusses retirement; Gamecocks name Shawn Elliott interim coach

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Odds are pretty good Steve Spurrier has coached his final game as the Head Ball Coach, but Spurrier let it be known he is not going to go away quite as easily as you might think. Spurrier addressed the media today as South Carolina made its transition between coaches official. Spurrier noted he is resigning as head coach, but he is not necessarily retiring. As previously reported, Shawn Elliott will take on the role as interim head coach of the Gamecocks effective immediately.

The first thing Spurrier wants to remind everybody is he is not retiring. This is simply a resignation from his current position. Spurrier left the door open to possible options down the road for him in his post-coaching career. The idea of Spurrier walking away from the football world never to be heard from again is a startling one, so it is good to know he is not going to let that happen.

“College football is a game of recruiting, as well know,” Spurrier said when assessing why it was right for him to leave his job now. “That’s another reason I need to move on. I don’t know if coaching is completely over or not. It is fun being on a team. I might be a consultant for someone. I doubt if I’ll be a head coach again, but who knows?”

Spurrier said he realized Sunday the time to walk away was now and explained he always knew he would need to step aside the moment he saw himself holding the program back. That echoes the sentiment he has shared over the years, especially when asked about coaches like Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden as they each got up in the years. This season South Carolina is off to a 2-4 start, so the writing was on the wall for Spurrier, who also said it was in the best interests for all if an inevitable change was handled immediately.

“We’ve slipped. It’s my fault. I’m the head coach,” Spurrier said of South Carolina’s recent struggles.”We haven’t lost it. We’ve got a dang good team.”

“Our team is not in shambles despite what some might say,” Elliott said when he was given a chance to speak to the media. “We’re going to do everything we can to make the University of South Carolina proud of this football program.”

Elliott will now have the rest of the season to show what he can do as a head coach, and he knows this will be a bit of an open audition for the job as South Carolina starts searching for its next head coach.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

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Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.