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Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:59 am
Greg Schiano has accepted the Tampa Bay job (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

The hiring of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to fill the vacant Buccaneers job moved at light speed Thursday morning, and now according to’s Brett McMurphy, the deal is done and Schiano has accepted the job.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told the Associated Press that Schiano has agreed yo a five-year contract, and Schiano will be introduced at a press conference on Friday.

"Coach Schiano is a bright, meticulous teacher who knows how to get the most out of his players," Dominik said. "He built and ran a pro-style program at Rutgers, and he's a defensive-minded coach whose teams have always been characterized by toughness and a physical style of play."

Schiano's ability to build -- or rebuild -- a program played a part in Tampa Bay's choice, according to Bucs chairmain Joel Glazer.

"During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but coach Schiano surely distinguished himself," Glazer said. "From his leadership skills to his considerable track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job."

Schiano, who was an assistant with the Bears from 1996-98, took Rutgers from a bottom-feeding program to a team that had a winning record in six of his last seven years in New Jersey.

The hiring of Schiano is a big surprise, considering his name wasn’t mentioned among the 11 other candidates who the Buccaneers supposedly chased (including Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who accepted the job before changing his mind, and Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who were offered second interviews).

Bucs hire Schiano
But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides met twice without any word leaking to the media, including Wednesday. Apparently, Bill Rees -- who’s in charge of Tampa Bay’s college scouting -- stayed in touch with Schiano throughout the hiring process.

So, it appears the Buccaneers had Schiano -- who will replace Raheem Morris after his 4-12 season -- in mind the entire time.

Schiano has long been rumored as a potential replacement for recently deceased Penn State coach Joe Paterno, but his name was never really mentioned after the Jerry Sandusky scandal resulted in Paterno being removed from his position as head coach.

The former Rutgers coach drew plenty of interest from other schools, though -- both Michigan and Miami have recently courted Schiano.

Schiano, who went 68-67 during his tenure, was the FWAA coach of the year in 2006 and led the Scarlet Knights to four straight bowl victories (before Schiano came aboard, Rutgers had made just one bowl in its 135-year history).

But if the Buccaneers wanted to hire an exciting coach to replace a fan base disillusioned by Morris’ final year, this probably isn’t the way to do it. Chip Kelly probably would have created enthusiasm and excitement. While Schiano’s schemes are probably more suited to the NFL, his buzz factor is quite a bit lower.

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Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:52 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Yeah, this is a chancey pick--a college coach from a recently emerged program that's not among the perennial national contenders.  But c'mon, Schiano isn't the bottom of the barrel!  Even Kelly would have been a significant risk because he doesn't run anything NEAR a pro offense--and even CBS' weak writers agree that Rutgers is closer to pro.  The better analogy--though not perfect--might be back when Dick Vermiel came out of UCLA.  He hadn't been there for ages and he'd just revived UCLA, admittedly among the major players.  But the Eagles knew they were taking a chance with an untested, young college coach.  Tampa Bay obviously wants Schiano's "turn-around powers," and if he can apply them to the pro's, then the Bucs have a steal. If not, then the Bucs will BE in the bottom of the barrel. 

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:30 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Well good for Schiano.... we'll see if its good for the Bucs!!  History has seen quite a few highly touted college coaches take head coaching jobs in the NFL and fail miserably.  Most notably Nick Saban who is arguably one of the best college coaches of all time, then you got Pete Carrol who took a giant hand duece in the pro's tho his 2nd run with seattle has not been so bad.  Point is, You are not dealing with young men that are not inclined to be as humble or easy to control as a college kid playing at a middle of the pack University.  You are dealing with very egotistical and competetive guys, that are making ten times more money than the coach.  It seems like NFL coaches that are succesful have a very different approach than college coaches.  College coaches wield all the power over their players and thats just not the case in the NFL.  Some guys have attitudes that sometimes have to be tolerated.  Guys like Bellicek,Coughlin and Harbaugh command respect from their players and that is a big part of being able to handle these guys.  Best of luck to the guy but I got a funny feeling we'll be seeing him at Ohio State or Penn State or Miami within 2 years!!

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:23 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Schiano, who was an assistant with the from 1196-98

C'mon man.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:06 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Okay, Buc fiend. Nobody knows if college guy will be able to lead a pro football team.  But, do you really want re-tread guy like former head coach from Miami, or O-coord from Green Bay, or veteran from my American Veterans Post?  Give TB management credit for stepping outside the Not For Long box and taking a stab.  Sure as heck beats what's going on in Miami, Jacksonville, or Oakland.  He's not Holtz or Saban, or someone looking to change the mindset or landscape.  Keep your fingers crossed over your next cup of coffee and realize there is more to life than Selmon's Steakhouse and Mons Venus. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:05 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

The Chargers have been incredibly overrated over the years. To say they'd have 2 Super Bowls is a joke!!

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:58 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Don't tell went to Penn St. right ?

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:11 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:09 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:01 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

typical ignorant idiot - one Marty lost two games in John Elway and Marty was not the one going in for tying touchdown and drop the ball. He never had a decent QB in Kansas City except for an injured Joe Montana 1 year and in San Diego he took a team that was not supposed to very good to a 14-2 record and thenn lost because some idiot decided to run around the field and thren fumbled which caused Darrin Smith on XX sports to lead a campaign to fire Marty now and got his wish now the Chargers have one of the worst coaches in NFL history and can not even make playoffs.  The Chargers would have at least 2 Super Bowls if Marty was still their coach.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:29 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Let me take a minute to catch my breath, Greg Schiano is taking the Bucs job.  Seems a bit surprising considering Rutgers was set for a breakout year next season, they showed signs of greatness with a young team and were expecting to contend for the Big East title this year.  I wonder how much WVU leaving the Big East now and Pitt and Syracuse had to do with this decision, did he want to get out before the boat capsized and this was the first opportunity, who knows if there will be a second.  Rutgers lost a good coach today and hopefully his coaching style works at the next level.

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