ESPN caught up with Kyle Flood to talk his interview with Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and what will change under his leadership.
Flood says that during his interview with Pernetti he told him that "...in our profession secrets are not very well kept. I know you’re going to talk to some coaches. On paper, they're good football coaches. But I can tell you this: there's nobody better for this job than me, and nobody who will care more for Rutgers football than me."
When Flood was asked what will change under his leadership, he responded by saying that the core values of the program will stay the same, but his coaching personality is different than Schiano's.
"I want to take the things that are really good and I want to make them great. It’s not a situation where the head coach was let go because they weren’t winning. This is a team that's won five straight bowl games in the last six years. This is a really good team and we want to advance it forward."
Flood added that you accomplish that by "taking the little things and making them better".
The Clarion Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger sat down with Hugh Freeze for the first time since his hiring on December 5th recently to talk about how things have progressed since his arrival on campus.
On the installation of the new offensive and defensive schemes, Freeze said “With the staff we’re starting and we can do everything. You can’t with the players right now. We’re going to start mat drills soon, where you’ll have some (individual work) and some meeting time. We’re going to do about eight days of that, coming up soon. I think the most important thing that is happening with them right now is the work ethic that’s being established by coach Jackson and the strength program. He’s doing a really nice job. I think their attitudes have been great. Every report I get from him is that he’s really pleased. I think we have a ways to go physically but he’s been pleased with their attitude.”
Freeze said that while at Arkansas State, he felt that 90% of the team had bought into the staff's vision for the program. Citing that he thought there were only a small handful who weren't completely invested, he gave much of the credit to Steve Roberts who was able to bring in 4 recruiting classes to Freeze's 1. A major part of their success last season was because they had so few guys who the coaching staff had to wonder "Oh gosh, what’s he going to do tonight?" and had a senior class that was focused on going out on a different note.
In the full interview, Freeze talks about recruiting, his relationship with the rest of the staff and their cohesiveness so far, and how they stack up to other SEC teams early on in the process.
The semifinal games would take place on the campus of the highest seeded team, and the site of the championship game would go to the highest bidder, much like the Super Bowl.
Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips says "We have to listen to the fans; we cannot be tone-deaf, the Big Ten is open and curious”.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would not comment specifically on the proposal until he had a better gauge for other presidents, chancellors and athletic directors within the Big Ten, but did add "It’s a matter of coming up with something that does not kill the baby with the bath water. We have a regular season that is vibrant. We have 12 games plus a (conference) championship game – that’s a lot of games. We have academic calendars, though that doesn't resonate with many people. But if you’re dealing with university presidents, faculty and coaches, you’re talking about it.”
Delany added that he thinks fans are conditioned to the playoffs, and he just wants to make sure they are doing the "right thing".
"We increased the budget for recruiting by probably 100%"
Williams was asked how much more money was spent on recruiting this season compared to years past, to which he responded with a laugh "A lot".
Williams said that he doesn't know exactly how much was spent until they get all the bills and receipts back, but he does know that they increased the recruiting budget by about 100%.
"Anytime James decides to fly on a private plane or a helicopter...in this case a lot...it has to be approved. I think I got requests almost on a daily basis (the week before National Signing Day). I would expect when the bill is paid, it will be a lot. It will be within the budget, but we’ve increased recruiting a lot."
That budget allowed Franklin and his staff to land one of the best Commodore classes in recent memory.