The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets need an offensive line coach, something they hadn't planned on picking up this offseason. Co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer was let go on National Signing Day due to a recruiting violation, which means the Jackets either have to pluck an O-line coach whose current team is already lining up spring practice, or find itself an out-of-work coach who's already on decent terms with the Jackets.
Sort of surprising, but I'm told Ralph Friedgen may end up on the Georgia Tech coaching staff. bit.ly/xpkQEX— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) February 14, 2012
Friedgen has already worked two stints with Tech, both times as offensive coordinator. He left both times to accept promotions elsewhere. Since being fired by the Maryland Terrapins, he hasn't been very active in coaching rumors, other than that one that flared up about him taking the OL job with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Last season, he even said he'd replaced his Maryland gear with Jackets stuff, at one point riding around with a Tech flag on his car. He's never been an offensive line coach, per se, but played guard in college and has decades of offensive coaching experience.
His two previous tenures in Atlanta included a national championship and the Joe Hamilton years, though, so there could be a risk in bringing him aboard, if there's even mutual interest. A down season or two could lead to calls for the Fridge to take over the whole show. But we're thinking about 30 steps ahead, since it's just a report at this point.
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