Boosters tend to carry a heavy influence on the decisions made by universities and college football programs, and Rutgers is no exception. With head coach Kyle Flood serving two of his three weeks on suspension (the third and final game comes next week against Michigan State), it may be comforting for the head coach to know the boosters have his back.
In a story from MyCentralJersey.com, one of the most prominent Rutgers boosters, Jeff Towers, says he and other boosters he has conversed with are not wavering on supporting Flood as head coach of the Scarlet Knights.
“The boosters I have spoken to believe the long-term interests of the football program are best served by retaining Coach Flood,” Towers said. “Coaching continuity is a keystone of long-term success in any sport, let alone a Division I, Power Five football program. A change in the head coaching position at Rutgers now will set the program back for years, if not permanently.”
Flood was suspended for three games by the university as a result of an investigation showing Flood went around the university protocol in contacting a professor regarding the academic status of one of his football players. Flood took responsibility for his actions despite initially firing back on the allegations against him.
Rutgers and Flood agreed on a contract extension in September 2014 that keeps Flood at the helm through January 2019.