RUTGERS TURNED to assistant Kyle Flood to replace Greg Schiano as the team's head football coach, hours after Florida International's Mario Cristobal passed on a chance to take over the Scarlet Knights.
A person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press yesterday that Flood had accepted an offer to become Rutgers' next coach. Flood is expected to be introduced today at a news conference on the Rutgers campus in Piscataway, N.J.
Cristobal, a former Rutgers assistant who has been with FIU for five seasons, appeared to be Rutgers' first choice, but decided to stay in Miami. Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti quickly turned to Flood, who should provide stability.
Schiano left Rutgers last week to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach, leaving the school scrambling for a replacement less than a week before national signing day.
The 41-year-old Flood was promoted to interim coach last week and interviewed for the job over the weekend. He has been a member of Schiano's staff since 2005, coaching tight ends and offensive linemen while working his way up to assistant head coach in 2008.
In other college football news:
* NCAA president Mark Emmert reiterated his support of a two-round, four-team BCS playoff to determine a national champion. Emmert said there are ongoing discussions about what he described as a Final Four model. Emmert said any change must be determined by the BCS members and not the NCAA.
Detroit Tigers star Victor Martinez had knee surgery and will need a second operation, another indication he is likely to miss the entire 2012 season. Martinez had microfracture surgery Friday to repair the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee. Martinez is projected to have anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery on the same knee in 6 to 8 weeks.
* Texas manager Ron Washington has signed a 2-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
* The Houston Astros' new owner, Jim Crane, said he has decided not to change the team name after receiving "strong feedback.''
* Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, 74, is resting comfortably in Florida with a shoulder injury he received in a freak fall from a stage. Robinson fractured his scapula in the fall, which occurred on Friday night during a player reception in Hollywood, Fla., before the annual Joe DiMaggio Legends Game. Robinson spent his entire 23-year career with the Orioles and lives in Baltimore.
Philly File *
La Salle junior Ramon Galloway was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 7 assists in two victories.
* Drexel sophomore Frantz Massenat was named the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week after averaging 14.3 points and 5.7 assists in three wins.
Sport Stops *
The Zimbabwe Football Association said it suspended 67 players, including most of its national team, in the wake a longstanding match-fixing investigation.
* Germany's national anti-doping agency will investigate 28 athletes to see whether they received blood transfusions from a doctor at the center of a doping scandal.