It appears the return of Ralph Friedgen to a college football sideline was a short-lived one. Friedgen is not expected to return to the Rutgers coaching staff as offensive coordinator in 2015, according to a report out of New Jersey Monday.
As reported by Keith Sargeant of NJ.com, Friedgen is leaning toward not returning to the program in 2015 and head coach Kyle Flood is hoping to name a new offensive coordinator at the same time the decision is made public. An update on the coaching situation could come as soon as Tuesday, according to the NJ.com report.
Rutgers managed to bring Friedgen out of a forced retirement after time off from the game. Friedgen had been forced out of his position as head coach at Maryland, where he was replaced by Randy Edsall. Friedgen signed a two-year contract with Rutgers to coach the offense last year. In a year that saw Rutgers move into the Big Ten, Rutgers saw minimal improvement in scoring average but solid improvements in rushing and passing averages and improved ball security overall.
Considering some of the headlines the past week regarding assistant coaching changes and recruiting, whether or not any incoming Rutgers recruits were aware of this possible coaching staff change as signing day approached is unknown.