Friedgen Moves from OC to Special Assistant

Ralph Friedgen wants more time with his family as his approaches his 68th birthday in April, and that meant it was time to step down as Rutgers offensive coordinator. Friedgen will not separate himself entirely from Rutgers as he plans to stay on as a special assistant to coach Kyle Flood.

Ralph Friedgen may have stepped down as offensive coordinator, but it is not the end of his relationship with Rutgers or head coach Kyle Flood.

A special advisor to the head coach, Friedgen’s role is undefined and undecided following his Tuesday afternoon announcement.

“I'll be up here as much as [Flood] needs me,” Friedgen said. “Right now I'm planning on coming back up for spring practice. I'll definitely be here during two a days for a stretch, and we'll see what the future brings, how often he would like me up here.”

Friedgen’s role will not include game-day activities, which fall to Ben McDaniels to take the lead on the offensive side of the football.

This is not a goodbye for Friedgen, who will be back in Piscataway by April in his advisory role.

“I don't feel like I'm really leaving,” Friedgen said. “I'm just being here and working as much as I have in the past. I think this is probably a little bit easier. Like my wife said, you're leaving on your terms. Getting her to go along with it was the big thing.”

Upon Friedgen’s resignation as offensive coordinator, he left a ringing and detailed endorsement of his successor – McDaniels.

“I would think Ben was a major part of our success this year, as were all of our other coaches,” Friedgen said. “I was very blessed; didn't know a coach when I got in here and find out what outstanding coaches they were. It made my job a whole lot easier.”

Flood and McDaniels will not hesitate to call upon Friedgen for advice, but the future is now in their hands.

“Being around coach Friedgen, it's overly impressive to see his vast knowledge of really every position on the field,” McDaniels said. “He can coach every spot with technique, with understanding of how everyone is impacted in a game plan. He has an awesome way of being able to understand all positions, and obviously that experience is just hugely rewarding for me, especially heading into this role.”

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