Rutgers Appears Poised To Hire Ralph Friedgen
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is close to reaching an agreement with former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen as the team's new offensive coordinator, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Tuesday.
Friedgen is 66 years old and has not coached since Maryland fired him in 2010, but he's a long-time offensive strategist who led the Terrapins to a bowl win in seven of 10 seasons, including a 9-4 season the year he was fired.
If Flood and the Scarlet Knights do reach an agreement with Friedgen, it seems like a wise move. The team already lost a four-star wide receiver to Penn State in large part due to uncertainty with both coordinator positions open and no clear-cut strong quarterback. As the team moves to the Big Ten in 2014, likely to preseason predictions of a bottom-tier finish, Flood could benefit from the presence of a veteran used to coaching and succeeding under pressure.
Though Rutgers made it to a bowl game this year, earning the right to get handled by Notre Dame in the second half, the team underperformed based on preseason American Athletic predictions, then fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen. Offensive coordinator Ron Prince left after one season to become an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions, and according to the Star-Ledger, Flood's first choice, former Rutgers assistant Brian Angelichico, decided he'd rather stay in the NFL.
Rutgers does play at fellow Big Ten transition school Maryland on Nov. 29, which would give Friedgen a chance to face the school that fired him four years ago.