Flood Expects Full Staff Back for 2015

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said Tuesday that he expects his entire compliment of assistants back for the 2015 season. Flood addressed what a full staff back could mean for next season, and the latest with offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen.

Forget about a full staff returning. Rutgers has not even seen an offensive coordinator return for the last five years.

Well, coach Kyle Flood expects both in 2015 – a rare feat.

“I think it’s significant,” Flood said. “I think it’s uncommon. I think most staffs around the country from year-to-year have some turnover. At this point today, I don’t anticipate any. Could that change? Certainly it could change. That’s the nature of this business. I think it would be significant. I think it would be a real positive for us if it happened.”

Flood replaced four full-time coaches in 2014 with offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, offensive line coach Mitch Browning, wide receivers coach Ben McDaniels and special teams coordinator Bob Fraser.

Friedgen enters the offseason undecided on a return for the second year of his contract. He said as much after the historic comeback victory against his former team – Maryland.

“As long as I like it, I'll do it," Friedgen said. "I'm getting up in age and some things are a little tougher for me than others. I'm going to sit back after the season and reflect on everything."

Flood expects Friedgen, 67, back in 2015. A return makes him the first offensive coordinator for consecutive seasons at Rutgers since Kirk Ciarrocca in 2009 and 2010.

“That would be a positive for our program,” Flood said. “Like I said, I anticipate Ralph coming back next year and having Ralph here over the last whatever months it’s been has really helped our program in a lot of ways. I think if we had him for another year, it certainly would help us going forward.”

Departing quarterback Gary Nova credits Friedgen with improvements as a senior. He leaves Rutgers as the school’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (73) and second in passing yards (9.258).

Friedgen or not, Rutgers finds its next starting quarterback starting this spring with an anticipated battle between sophomores Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano.

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