The suspension and fine come after a university-led investigation in rule violations. The focal point of the investigation surrounded an email sent from Flood’s personal account to a faculty member in relation to cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is reportedly in jeopardy of being deemed academically ineligible this season.
The emails of contact between Flood and a professor concluded with the two meeting outside of a library in Princeton, NJ. After the meeting, an academic advisor warned Flood that the discussions and meeting could be "a big problem."
Flood originally contact the professor through his personal email -- to the professor's personal email -- so that it wouldn't be hosted on the University's servers or email system.
Flood issued a statement, through the school:
"I want to apologize for the mistake I made in process, in contacting that teacher. I understand now that that was against the rule, that I was unaware of at the time.
I have the utmost respect for the faculty at Rutgers. I have the utmost respect for the education that student-athletes and students in general receive at Rutgers, and in no way would I have intentionally broken any rule like that had I known about it. But I do understand that I'm the Head Football Coach and I am responsible to know these things, and I made a mistake in process that certain will not happen again going forward."
He later issued another statement:
"Earlier today, I met with President Barchi in his office and he informed me of my three-game suspension and the imposed fine.
At Rutgers, we hold our student-athletes to high academic standards befitting a great university. We adhere to a higher standard, one that I am responsible to be aware of. I take full responsibility and accept the consequences of my actions. I care deeply about my student-athlete’s academic performance. As the head coach, when I recruit players, my responsibility to them and their families is to do all I can to make sure they leave Rutgers with a degree and are prepared for a successful life off the football field. I am proud that our program has ranked in the top 10% of the APR 8 years in a row. That success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s due to our top-to-bottom program culture emphasizing the importance of academic success, and it’s why we have a robust academic support staff that is second to none. I will always instill in my players that they have a responsibility to themselves, their families, our University and its alumni to perform well in the classroom, and I will never stop caring about their academic performance.
Moving forward, I will make sure I adhere to all University policies and I will place an even greater emphasis with our staff on knowing, understanding and following every University, Big Ten and NCAA rule.
In deference to our student athletes, coaches, and staff moving forward, I will not provide further comment at this time."
The full report from the University, "Report of Factual Findings of Investigation Into Alleged Improper Contact by the Rutgers Head Football Coach With a Faculty Member," can be read here.
The team has also suspended players in recent weeks for arrests stemming from a home invasion and assault, including star wide receiver Leonte Carroo.
The school held a Board of Governors meeting recently to discuss the situation.