Rutgers New Offensive Coordinator: Ralph Friedgen?

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Maryland football’s former head coach, Ralph Friedgen could be on the opposing sideline this season when Maryland faces Rutgers on Saturday, November 29 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, MD.

Rumors and reports have been swirling over the last few days that Rutgers will hire Friedgen as their offensive coordinator and it seems as though we are only awaiting the official announcement from Rutgers University.

Sources have reported that Friedgen was contacted about a week ago by Rutgers head coach, Kyle Flood who wanted to try and gauge his interest in returning to the sidelines for the Scarlet Knights.

Friedgen coached his alma mater from 2001-2010 and complied a 75-50 record including winning five out of seven bowl games during that time period.

Because of the Big Ten’s expansion and realignment for the upcoming season, Maryland will share a division with both Ralph Friedgen and former coach-in-waiting and offensive coordinator, James Franklin who was recently named the head coach at Penn State.

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said this about Rutgers going after Friedgen…

“It would be an important hire for them,”

“Is it going to solve all the problems they’ve got? I don’t think it will immediately, but it certainly is going to be a name that kids recognize. It’s better than a no-name hire or some young assistant in his first time out of the chute.”

Ralph Friedgen left Maryland with a salty taste in his mouth. The opportunity to put up points against the program who ditched their alum head coach probably played very little into his decision, but I’m sure it’s in the back of his mind. Either way, once the hire is official, Maryland’s last home game in 2014 will be one that everyone will be excited to see.

What are your thoughts on the possibility of the Terps facing their former head coach?

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