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Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:40 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:38 am
Greg Schiano apparently has been offered the Tampa Bay job (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

While the Buccaneers coaching search has turned somewhat disastrous -- a flip-flop rejection from Oregon’s Chip Kelly will do that for you -- it seems like Tampa Bay also is getting closer to naming their next head coach.

And that new head coach is reportedly Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

620 WDAE in Tampa reported (via the Tampa Bay Tribune) that Rutgers coach Greg Schiano also is a candidate, and ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported that team plans to hire Schiano and that the two sides are working out a contract agreement.

The Newark Star Ledger reported earlier this month that Schiano wouldn't have an interest in coaching in the NFL. Schiano was a secondary coach for the Bears from 1996-98, and he's been at Rutgers for the past 11 years. In the past, he's turned down potential head coaching opportunities at the University of Michigan and the University of Miami.

But like the Chip Kelly story, this potential hire has seemingly come ouf nowhere.

As’s Will Brinson wrote Wednesday, former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski were reported to haved received second interviews with the team. On Thursday, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s officially out of the running.

"Told me they were going in a different direction," Gray told the newspaper.

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Gray found out he was no longer in the running during an early-morning call from Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, and the paper also reported that a source said the team is planning to continue paring down the coaching candidate list today.

Other than Chudzinski, Sherman and Gray, the team also was connected to Marty Schottenheimer, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (who pulled his name out of the search a few weeks ago) and Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements.

Gray also had been a candidate for the Colts job that went to Chuck Pagano on Wednesday.

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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:47 am

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Would be a good move for Schiano. He's done all he can at Rutgers. As for the Bucs, Schiano's got to be at least as good a choice as the retreads or the unproven assistants they're looking at.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:47 am

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

scbiano should take the job. rutgers really hasnt had tht good a team for a while. the only time they had a good team was when thyhad ray rice on their team. omr goom that made his reputation. at some point with the mediocre teams that he is putting out on the field.schiano will get the boot. so, he needs to take,the job if they offer it to him. it is his best career move. he gets that nfl experience, then if he want to go back to coolege, he can do so. or take a dc job in the pros. the ole slide and survive. deal.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:14 am

Bucs won't hire Jerry Gray; what about Schiano?

rumors are rumors, but facts are facts. wdae is in tampa not miami. good fact checking

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:14 am

Bucs won't hire Jerry Gray; what about Schiano?

Oh hell. I can not get excited about any of these candidates. I think Zimmmer would be my pick just because he seems like a real motivator. I have to admit I do not know much else about him. As for the retreads, can't they do better. C'mon Man

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