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Ralph Friedgen out as Rutgers offensive coordinator

Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen is pictured before the Scarlet Knights played at Maryland in November.
Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen is pictured before the Scarlet Knights played at Maryland in November. (Mitch Stringer, USA Today Sports)

UPDATE: Rutgers has announced that Ralph Friedgen will move to the role of special assistant to head coach Kyle Flood. Ben McDaniels has been promoted to become the Scarlet Knights' new offensive coordinator.

Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is out after one season as Rutgers offensive coordinator, according to multiple media reports.

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Friedgen, 67, is expected to step down Tuesday, leaving behind an offense that ranked seventh in the Big Ten Conference in total offense last year, a contract that would have paid him $500,000 this year and the chance to further frustrate the school that fired him.

Before and after the Scarlet Knights' Nov. 29 regular-season finale at Maryland — Friedgen's alma mater, the program he had led to seven bowl appearances in 10 seasons, only to get fired in 2010, inspiring some diploma-burning remarks — he didn't want to talk about himself. But Friedgen was the man who had preceded current Terps coach Randy Edsall, and he was also the man whose dazzling offense, in a 41-38 stunner, denied Edsall his best record in four seasons since taking over.

"The whole thing about Maryland, to me, it's ancient history," he said afterward. His future was as fuzzy.

Asked whether he planned to continue coaching, Friedgen said: "You know, as long as I like it, I'll do it. I'm getting up in age. Some things are a little tougher for me than others. I'm going to sit back after the season and kind of reflect on everything."

Rutgers went on to thump North Carolina, 40-21, in the Quick Lane Bowl. Maryland, meanwhile, was blown out by Stanford, 45-21, in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Friedgen is signed through next season, but his health has at times seemed as central to his perception as a coach as his offenses. During his coaching interregnum, he told Bruce Feldman in 2013 that he spent his time off playing golf, fishing and working out. A "normal tough life," he called it. He also confessed to still watching every Terps game.

"I don't really root one way or the another," he explained. "I don't root against them, but I can't root for 'em, either."

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