A day after accepting a bid to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood fired three assistants. The second-year head coach fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski. Those changes go into effect immediately, meaning Flood will likely be short-handed in the Pinstripe Bowl.
“After reviewing the season, I felt it was in the best interest of our program to make these staff changes,” Flood said in a statement. “I appreciate all of the efforts of these coaches during their time in Piscataway and wish them well in their future endeavors.”
Flood made the changes the same day he received a vote of confidence from Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, allowing Flood to take the program into the Big Ten next season.
“Our football program continues to evolve and grow, as evidenced by the changes Coach Flood just announced. I support these moves and Kyle’s leadership as we transition into the Big Ten,” Hermann said in the same statement. “In two seasons, Kyle has led us to our first share of the conference championship and has guided our program to two consecutive bowls, including this season’s highly anticipated New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Notre Dame.”
Flood won nine games last season, though had lost five of six games before clinching bowl eligibility on Saturday with a win over USF. Flood talked about the timing of the moves.
“If we end up waiting until after the bowl game and sitting down with some people in the weeks following or in the new year, that will be fine, too,” Flood told the Star-Ledger. “I’ve already got a list at each position of people that we are looking at and we’ll start working through. We’ve already started the process of working through those names.”
Former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince will take on the duties of quarterback coach, in addition to coordinating the offense. Special teams coordinator Joe Rossi will serve as interim defensive coordinator.