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Rutgers extend Kyle Flood’s contract

While the Big Ten continues to disappoint, Rutgers has been perhaps the biggest surprise through two weeks of the season. Few saw the newcomers going 2-0 to start the season, but they’ve already exceeded expectations and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by those inside or out of the program.

On Thursday, Rutgers’ athletic director Julie Hermann put an end to any upcoming speculation over Flood’s job status — as she announced a two-year extension to his contract.

“Kyle Flood is a tremendous coach for our football team and has earned the opportunity to lead us into the Big Ten and build on our program successes. With the generosity of private funding, we are pleased to invest in our Head Coach and our entire staff at a level more consistent with our Big Ten peers.”

Flood is now under contract until January 2019, but financial terms of this deal were not disclosed at the time of the announcement. However, ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting the deal puts him in line with a lot of the Big Ten coaches.

It’s an exciting time for Rutgers on and off the field this week, as the football team takes the field in its first ever Big Ten conference game. The Scarlet Knights will play host to regional (and potentially budding) rival Penn State on Saturday night, with BTN giving it their version of the College GameDay treatment with a live pregame show and extended coverage before the 8pm ET kickoff.

Flood has been the Rutgers head coach for just over two years now, owning a 17-11 record and a Big East championship from the 2012 season. He also has led the Scarlet Knights to a bowl game in each of the last two years, and is off to a good start in getting back there in the third year.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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