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NCAAF roundup: Rutgers rewards Flood with extension

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[September 12, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood received a salary increase and contract extension through 2019.

Flood, 17-11 since replacing Greg Schiano as head coach, and the Scarlet Knights opened the season 2-0 and host Penn State this week, the Big Ten Conference opener for the former Big East program.

Flood was lauded in New Jersey this week for his strong stance on domestic violence in the wake of former Rutgers running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL.

"Coach Flood exemplifies our university's standards and values both on and off the field," Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said. "He has put together a strong coaching staff that supports our mission to compete well both in the classroom and on the field."

In addition to a top-10 APR ranking, Flood led Rutgers to two straight bowl appearances and was the 2012 Big East Coach of The Year in his first season as head coach, when Rutgers shared the Big East title.

--Oklahoma State starting quarterback J.W. Walsh is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after having surgery.

The school had yet to release any information on Walsh's condition but numerous reports out of Stillwater, Okla., confirmed Walsh had surgery on his lower leg or ankle.

Walsh was injured in OSU's win over Missouri State on Saturday. He had X-rays and remained on crutches after leaving late in the second quarter of the game.

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--LSU head coach Les Miles confirmed that wide receiver Travin Dural returned to practice and is expected to play when the No. 9 Tigers face Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Dural, a sophomore who leads the nation with a 48.5 yards-per-catch average and is second with four touchdowns, suffered minor injuries in a Sunday morning car accident. Dural suffered a gash on his head that required as many as 15 stitches.

Because of the injury, Dural was unable to wear a helmet. He had been held out of practice on Monday and Tuesday.


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