Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Rutgers coach suspended, fined for trying to change player’s grade

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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood shouts during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla. Rutgers and Kansas State have both come a long way from their darkest days, but still it catches many fans off-guard to see them racking up huge wins, contending for championships and grabbing spots in the national rankings. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers has suspended football coach Kyle Flood for three games and fined him $50,000 for contacting a faculty member over a player’s grade — an issue separate from a string of recent player arrests. Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced the punishment Wednesday, a day after he said he received an internal investigative report that found a professor felt pressured by Flood into allowing a player to complete an additional assignment in an attempt to improve his grade. The report found that Flood emailed and met in person with a faculty member even though he knew or should have known of the university’s policies prohibiting coach-initiated contact with faculty members regarding students’ academic standing.


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