Ralph Friedgen expected to be named Rutgers OC

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Ralph Friedgen has been out of coaching since 2010. (USATSI)
Ralph Friedgen has been out of coaching since 2010. (USATSI)
He's back.

After three seasons on the coaching sidelines, former Maryland coach and national Coach of the Year winner Ralph Friedgen is expected to be named Rutgers' offensive coordinator, a source told CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman.

The source told Feldman that Rutgers coach Kyle Flood first reached out to Friedgen a week ago to gauge his interest in making his return to coaching with the Scarlet Knights.

Friedgen coached the Terrapins for 10 seasons, from 2001 to 2010. After taking over a program that hadn't made a bowl appearance since 1990, Friedgen went 31-8 over his first three seasons, winning 10 or more games each time and taking the Terps to the 2002 Orange Bowl.

He would not hit double-digit wins again, though, leading to his ouster after the 2010 season despite a bounce-back 9-4 season. A Maryland graduate, Friedgen would say in a 2011 interview that "I could care less about Maryland" he had "burned his diploma" after his acrimonious departure.

Thanks to the Big Ten's expansion and realignment, Friedgen's resurfacing at Rutgers means he will share a division with both the Terrapins and his former offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting in College Park, James Franklin, the new Penn State head coach. The Scarlet Knights' 2014 season finale is at Maryland.

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