Rutgers gives Kyle Flood a two-year contract extension

Rutgers extends football coach Kyle Flood's contract through 2019.Ted S. Warren/AP Rutgers extends football coach Kyle Flood’s contract through 2019.

Count Rutgers coach Kyle Flood among the happiest people of the more than 52,400 Rutgers supporters expected inside High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday night.            

Flood, 43, had his contract extended two years by athletic director Julie Hermann Thursday morning. His working agreement will now expire in February of 2019, and he will receive a salary increase next year. The news came on the eve of Rutgers’ first game as a member of the Big 10 conference against Penn State.

“Kyle Flood is a tremendous coach for our football team and has earned the opportunity to lead us into the Big Ten and build on our program successes. With the generosity of private funding, we are pleased to invest in our head coach and our entire staff at a level more consistent with our Big Ten peers,” Hermann said.

The Scarlet Knights won their first two games of the season, going to Seattle to level Washington State, and downing Howard at home. Flood took the job two seasons ago when previous coach Greg Schiano departed Piscataway to be head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano was fired last season. Flood is 17-11 as head coach.

“Coach Flood exemplifies our university’s standards and values both on and off the field,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said. “He has put together a strong coaching staff that supports our mission to compete well both in the classroom and on the field.”

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