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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: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:41 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

uh, i am not sure about this hire. he will likely be a better fit than Chip Kelly, but i dont see him being a great coach, i could be proven wrong though.

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:39 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Didn't the Bucs learn from the Bobby Patrino situation in Atlanta?!!! Schiano won't last a year, first good college job that comes along, he's back in the NCAA.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:34 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Why?  Can this franchise do ANYTHING right?  I have been a loyal fan since the teams inception and I am continually amazed at the length past and present ownerships go to torpedo the hopes of their fan base.  This NOT a good hire.  The Bucs needed a HC with NFL HX experience to turn aroun the team.  Sherman, M Shottenheimer, Cowher, and Fisher all had the necessary experience plus bring discipline to a team that sorely needs it.  Or...they could have brought in an  experienced NFL OC or DC.  We could perform well on at least on side of the ball.

Instead, they offer the job to college types Kelly and now Schiano.  Did this francise not learn a thing from the McKay years? 

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Greg Schiano won't last three seasons.  Bad signing by the Bucs.  If the fanbase was bad before, can't imagine what it will be when the season begins.  Schiano is no Jim Harbaugh.  The reason why Jim Harbaugh was able to have success with the 49ers this past season was because the man played 15 seasons at quarterback and understands what it takes to win from both side of the ball.  Not taking away any credetials from Schiano, but he's not Jim Harbaugh.  Schiano will go down as one of the numerous college coaches who let their egos overshadow the fact that the NFL is very different from NCAA.  He'll find out how difficult it is, soon enough.    

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:29 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Schiano seems like he has the background to be successful but this AIN'T college.  He'll be hard pressed to be an NFL arsonist, in other words starting a fire under an organization and creating enthusiasm and excitement.  What was the Buccaneers braintrust reasoning for this hire?  You know the fans are wondering the same thing and hopefully it will be a stroke of genius. 

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:26 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

GS turned around Rutgers. We were absolutely horrible. It's always tough when you lose a good coach to another team. He was at Rutgers for over 10 years, which is more than most coaches stay.

Thanks for everything Greg.

Since: Jun 27, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:25 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Next Coach or Next Coach to be fired?

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:16 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

As a Panthers fan I'm just happy to see that Rod Chudzinski wasn't their choice. He did a great job in turning the Panther offense around in just his first year, with a rookie QB on top of that.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:10 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I am no Bucs fans by any means...but it looks like they are content on being a non contender!! So far Harbaugh is one of the few proven winners coming from college! With so many good NFL guys out there, I think it's a big mistake! Good Bucs~

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:07 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

AWESOME....!!!!!! Good Luck to you. I met him in Disney a ways back when he was National Coach of the Year and Ray Rice was there for the awards show at the Boardwalk Resort. Myself and 2 sons greeted him as him and his wife were leaving the ball room. We gave him a shout out and he bee lined right to us and chatted with for a while. Great guy, thx.

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