By Ben Jones & Terrin Waack
Multiple reports stated Alabama is expected to hire Kyle Flood as its new offensive line coach. ESPN’s Ian Fitzsimmons was the first to report the news.
He replaces Brent Key, who left for the same position at Georgia Tech after spending three seasons at Alabama.
Flood is best known for his time at Rutgers, where he was head coach from 2012-15. He was an assistant there from 2005-11. More recently, he was assistant offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 and 2018.
In 2017, Flood helped Atlanta produce an offense that allowed only 24 sacks, tied for the third-lowest amount in the NFL.
He was fired from Rutgers at the end of the 2015 season, during which the Scarlet Knights went 4-8. He received a one-year show-cause order from the NCAA that expired in September 2018 after an investigation determined Flood “failed to monitor his operations staff” and their oversight of a group of mostly female student recruiting hosts.
He was suspended three games by the university during the 2015 season after an internal investigation found that Flood had intervened with a professor on behalf of a football player to maintain the player’s eligibility.
Rutgers went 27-24 under Flood with bowl games in his first three seasons. He was chosen as the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year after getting Rutgers tied for the Big East title and finished 9-4.
Flood was Rutgers’ offensive line coach from 2005-11. He kept that role along with additional responsibilities — assistant head coach, run-game coordinator and co-offensive coordinator — until he was ultimately promoted on Jan. 31, 2012 after Greg Schiano left to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach.
Before Rutgers, Floor was at Delaware for three years as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach. He was a member of the Fightin’ Blue Hens’ 2003 national championship team. He was there from 2001-04.
Flood was the offensive line coach at Hofstra from 1997-2001 and at C.W. Post from 1995-95. He began his coaching career in 1993 as an assistant at St. Francis Preparatory (New York) High School, where he actually played as an offensive lineman before heading to Iona College.