More previews of this weekend's games today, but the big news is what's going on at Rutgers.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000, which could be taken as a precursor to fire Flood with cause later in the season, the "with cause" portion of that sentence implying that Flood wouldn't be entitled to a contract buyout.
(I would take it that way were I Kyle Flood, and begin to negotiate some sort of buyout, perhaps meeting Julie Hermann in an undisclosed off-campus location while wearing no Rutgers gear as a disguise.)
Why not just fire Flood now?
Perhaps it's because Rutgers needs to fire everyone and Flood can stick around for a couple months and watch the blood bath as it happens in front of him. Perhaps they're preparing a cruise ship on which they can place the entire athletic department, give them one last nice lobster dinner, then sink the damned thing with everyone and everything Rutgers on it and start over from scratch.
In the past couple of years, Rutgers has fired basketball Mike Rice for abusive behavior , let go of athletic director Tim Pernetti only to replace him with Julie Hermann who was accused of abusive behavior when she was a volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee. Six players have been kicked off this year's team due to assaults and a home invasion and that was before star receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended for an altercation outside the stadium last Saturday.
It is no wonder that Flood directly contacted a Rutgers university professor, sent email to him through private accounts, and then offered to meet him in person off-campus - all against university policy. It seems to be how things operate at Rutgers.
The whole place seems to be infected with stupid. Only sure way to get rid of that is to burn everything.
The news comes after an investigation that originated in the offseason.
Read this and you get the idea that Flood is as close to "buffoon" as you may find today, and the day just started.
President Robert Barchi's Letter to the Rutgers University Community - On the Banks
Dear Members of the Rutgers Community: Since our University was established almost 250 years ago, Rutgers has grown to become the State of New Jersey's premier public institution of higher...
Statement from Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann - On the Banks
Statement from Director of Athletics Julie Hermann: "Yesterday, President Barchi shared with me the findings of the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance review of the matter...
Statement from Rutgers Football Coach Kyle Flood - On the Banks
Statement from Rutgers Head Football Coach Kyle Flood: "Earlier today, I met with President Barchi in his office and he informed me of my three-game suspension and the imposed fine. ..."
A Breakdown of Rutgers Football Coach Kyle Flood's Suspension - On the Banks
After waiting for four weeks, we finally have a resolution in the Kyle Flood investigation regarding his alleged improper contact with a professor. He was suspended today for 3 games by the University. It turns out it was much more than an email. Flood arranged a meeting with the professor outside the Princeton Public Library on August 5th to discuss the status of Nadir Barnwell's grade.
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