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That partnership might be what Maryland needs to reinvigorate its offense. And while Friedgen urged caution for initial expectations, it’s clear he hired the closest approximation of an extension of himself he could find.

“My core beliefs and who I am as a coach really came from Ralph,” Franklin said. “We had a really good conversation before I came of what his expectations were and what mine were. It really, really worked out well. Since I’ve been back, it’s been unbelievable.”

And from here on out, it will be anything but low profile.