Franklin worked under Friedgen for seven seasons in College Park and called Friedgen a mentor as recently as January. Friedgen was asked whether he maintains a relationship with Franklin during an interview with the Big Ten Network this week.
Friedgen’s response: “Not that much, no.”
He did not elaborate.
Most of what Friedgen talked about during the interview was his new role as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers.
Friedgen, 67, had been out of coaching since being fired by Maryland in 2010. He was hired by Rutgers in January.
“I missed the interaction with the players — not just on the field but off the field, too,” Friedgen told the Big Ten Network. “That always has been the hook for me as a coach. I also missed the relationships with the coaches and the players' families, too.”
Friedgen said he talked to Florida coach Will Muschamp about becoming the Gators’ offensive coordinator at one point, but he did not get the job. He was also passed over when Bill O’Brien was looking for an offensive coordinator at Penn State in 2012.
“I played a lot of golf,” Friedgen said. “I fished a lot. I read a lot. I watched college football a lot. I enjoyed myself, if you wanna know the truth.”
Friedgen said he expressed interest in the Rutgers offensive coordinator job when coach Kyle Flood and Rutgers first reached out to him last year. Friedgen's wife eventually talked him into taking the job when it was offered.
“I’m enjoying it,” Friedgen said. “There are good and bad days, but Rutgers is treating me very well. I enjoy working for Kyle. He’s a very optimistic, hard-working coach and a good person.”
Like Maryland, Rutgers is entering its first season in the Big Ten, and Friedgen will have a chance to coach against Maryland as well as Franklin and Penn State.
Rutgers plays Penn State in New Jersey Sept. 13 and Maryland in College Park Nov. 29.