Dan Duggan, NJ.COM
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (NJ.com) — The report released Wednesday on the investigation of Rutgers coach Kyle Flood’s improper contact with a professor was full of intriguing details that explain why Flood was hit with a three-game suspension and $50,000 fine.
You can read the entire 21-page report, but there’s a lot to digest. Here are some of the key points that stand out:
• On or about May 18, final grades were posted. At that time, Barnwell and the academic support staff knew the junior cornerback would be ineligible for the 2015 season.
• On May 18, Barnwell emailed the professor, explained that he would be ineligible and asked if there was a way for him “to work something out.” The professor replied, with a copy to an academic advisor and the chair of the professor’s department, stating “I’m … very sorry that your grade will cause problems for you. However, I cannot change your grade.”
• On May 20, an academic advisor notified Flood that Barnwell would be ineligible for the 2015 season. Flood and the advisor agreed it was a “lousy situation and that the publicity was going to be difficult because the student was considered a top recruit.”
• On May 28, an academic advisor reiterated to Flood that Barnwell would be ineligible. On June 5, Flood requested that Barnwell draft a letter to the professor explaining (redacted) the last semester. The letter was not sent at that time.
• On July 26, Flood forwarded a revised version of the June 5 email from Barnwell to the professor. In the email, Flood said he sent the message from his personal gmail account to the professor’s personal account “to ensure there will be no public vetting of the correspondence.” In the July 26 email, Flood said he fully supported the professor if the final grade stood, but he also asked if there was any extra work to be done to earn a grade change.