Looks like Ralph Friedgen is going to be back patrolling the sidelines after a 3-year hiatus. The vacancy arose when Ron Prince left Rutgers to take over as offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood wasted little time in contacting the former Coach of the Year about coming to New Brunswick.
Friedgen was head coach of Maryland from 2001-2010, lighting a fire under a program that had grown stale over the previous 15 years. Somewhat ironically, after winning 31 games in his first 3 seasons, Friedgen was fired for failing to build on his early success, winning only 44 games over the following 7 years.
This could be a good move for Rutgers, who have been better known for their defense over their recent run of success. With the move to the Big Ten this season, tabbing an experienced offensive coordinator to replace Prince made a lot of sense. Friedgen cut his teeth as an OC prior to coming to Maryland, including stints at Maryland and Georgia Tech, and with the San Diego Chargers. Not only can he give the Knights offense a shot in the arm, but he can help guide Flood, who had a tough sophomore season.