Maryland could face former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen next season in Big Ten

Reports say Friedgen considered for Rutgers offensive coordinator post

January 28, 2014|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen -- who sought a contract extension from the school in 2010 and instead found himself out of a job -- may meet up with the Terps next season.

According to reports, Friedgen – a former Maryland offensive lineman who coached at the school for 10 years – is close to becoming Rutgers' offensive coordinator. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood  “appears to have zeroed in on” Friedgen for the job, but no deal has been finalized, according to the Star-Ledger of New Jersey.

If Friedgen is hired by Rutgers, he will face Maryland when the Scarlet Knights play at Byrd Stadium on Nov. 29. Rutgers and Maryland will both be in their first season in the Big Ten.

Maryland already knows it will face James Franklin, who was Friedgen’s offensive coordinator and Maryland’s former “coach-in-waiting.” Franklin, who left for Vanderbilt in 2010 after Maryland got a new athletic director, is the new head coach at Penn State, which plays host to Maryland on Nov. 1.

Friedgen and his agent did not immediately return phone messages.

Former Maryland receiver-returner Steve Suter, who was one of Friedgen’s best players, said Friedgen runs an offense “with a lot of moving parts. It’s very complex.”

If Friedgen is hired by the Scarlet Knights, “their players will probably learn more about offensive football than they have in the past,” said Suter, Maryland’s career leader in punt return touchdowns and yardage.

Friedgen had one year left on his contract in 2010. His desire for an extension -- a message delivered during a dinner with athletic director Kevin Anderson and publicly through the media -- created a divide between him and the AD who had only been willing to commit to him for a year. Friedgen was 75-50 at Maryland, including 9-4 in his last season.  

The circumstances of his departure left Friedgen with mixed feelings about Maryland. But he keeps in touch with many of his former players.

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