“These violations share the common thread of Rutgers and individuals not grasping the importance of adhering to institutional policies and compounding problems by further noncompliance with N.C.A.A. legislation,” the committee wrote in its decision.
The penalty imposed Friday included two years of probation for Rutgers and several restrictions on the team’s recruiting. Flood was issued a one-year show-cause order, requiring a collegiate team that wishes to hire him in the coming year to receive N.C.A.A. permission. A former assistant coach, Darrell Wilson, also was issued a one-year show-cause for off-campus recruiting for a separate incident, in which the committee found he had had unpermitted contact with a recruit.
Flood is now an assistant offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons; he could not immediately be reached for comment. Wilson’s attorney declined to comment.
Rutgers did not immediately comment on the N.C.A.A.’s statement, or the penalties.
Flood’s improper communication with a teacher was not the only scandal to hit the football team in 2015, when six football players were dismissed after they were accused of involvement in criminal activities. But the athletic department has faced other crises as well.
In 2013, revelations of the physical and verbal abuse of players led to the ouster of the former men’s basketball coach Mike Rice and the athletic director at the time, Tim Pernetti. It later emerged that Pernetti’s replacement as athletic director, Julie Hermann, had been accused of verbally abusing women’s volleyball players whom she had coached at Tennessee, and that the new basketball coach, Eddie Jordan, a beloved former Rutgers player, had not graduated from Rutgers, contrary to what Rutgers had said when he was hired. Both Hermann and Jordan were later fired.
Many at Rutgers remain skeptical of the quick path the university took from relative athletic obscurity to college sports’ oldest conference, and among its richest, the Big Ten. The conference invited Rutgers to become a member partly to add value to its national cable network and its broadcasting deals. It got those, but also notoriety and a perennially weak team in football, the league’s signature sport.
Though it experienced success last decade,…