The Kansas football program will face a Rutgers team without its head coach when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., for its nonconference finale Sept. 26.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood was suspended for three games by the school after a university-led investigation into recent rules violations, NJ Advance Media reported Wednesday. The suspension also comes after a rash of off-field incidents involving Rutgers football players.
The investigation, according to NJ Advance Media, came after Flood reportedly sent an email from a personal account to a faculty member regarding the academic status of a player. The email correspondence broke university policy regarding contact between coaches and faculty.
Rutgers running backs coach Norries Wilson will serve as interim coach during the suspension, which comes amid an ugly string of headlines for the school’s football program.
In addition to the investigation, six Rutgers players have been kicked off the team recently because of arrests. Two players were charged in a home-invasion incident, while four players face assault charges, according to NJ Advance Media. Flood is in his fourth season at Rutgers and has led the program to three straight bowl appearances, including an eight-win season last year.
The Scarlet Knights open the Big Ten season this week at Penn State before returning home to face KU on Sept. 26. The nonconference series was scheduled when Charlie Weis, a New Jersey native, was still the head coach for Kansas.
The Jayhawks, 0-2, have a bye this week after opening the season with home losses against South Dakota State and Memphis. Before Rutgers’ early-season trouble, Kansas was expected to be a double-digit underdog at Rutgers. The Jayhawks’ last road victory came Sept. 12, 2009, at the University of Texas at El Paso.