The Faculty Council at Rutgers University at New Brunswick on Friday adopted a resolution finding that the university's punishment of its head football coach for a recent incident of interference with academics was inadequate, NJ.com reported. The university this month suspended the coach, Kyle Flood, for three games and fined him $50,000 after a university investigation found that he violated Rutgers rules by contacting a faculty member about the academic eligibility of one of his players in an attempt to improve the player's grade.
The resolution says, in part: "We believe the penalties imposed on Coach Flood are incommensurate with the gravity of his violations of university policies and ethical standards …. We believe that the unacceptable behavior described in this report may be symptomatic of a serious decline in ethical and academic standards in the Rutgers football program."
Greg Trevor, a university spokesman, said, "Academic integrity is the cornerstone of a successful university. That is why the university thoroughly investigated Coach Flood and the president imposed a penalty against Coach Flood that is severe and justified.''
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