Former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is making a return to college football in a big way, as Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN radio has reported Nick Saban has hired him as the new offensive line coach for Alabama.
I’m told Nick Saban has hired Atlanta Falcons asst coach and former Rutgers HC, Kyle Flood to be the new offensive line coach at Alabama.— Ian Fitzsimmons (@Ianfitzespn) January 18, 2019
Coach Flood will be on campus in Tuscaloosa today. Alabama gets a tremendous coach when it comes to fundamentals, schemes and a recruiter with the NFL on his resume.— Ian Fitzsimmons (@Ianfitzespn) January 18, 2019
The Crimson Tide have won five national championships under Saban and recently hired former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator, who worked with Flood with the Atlanta Falcons last season. Flood and Saban are also both represented by super agent Jimmy Sexton.
Flood’s one year “show cause” penalty issued by the NCAA for multiple violations as head coach at Rutgers expired last year. He went 27-24 at Rutgers during the 2012-2015 seasons, winning a share of the only conference championship in program history, as well as three bowl appearances. However, he had a disastrous final season on the banks that included him serving a three-game suspension that ultimately resulted in his firing. He left Rutgers in poor shape with the roster, as well as his off the field actions ultimately led to multiple NCAA sanctions.
Alabama has a history of hiring failed head coaches as position coaches under Saban. Lane Kiffin, Mike Locksley, Sarkisian, and Butch Jones are a few examples. Perhaps Flood can land a head coaching job in the future if he is successful at the highest profile program in college football. Either way, he landed on his feet and then some by ending up under Saban at Alabama.