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Report: Schiano could tap Butch Davis for help

Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:33 pm
Greg Schiano will tap Butch Davis to help him coach in Tampa Bay (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

With Greg Schiano taking over the head coaching job in Tampa Bay, don’t be surprised if he brings back oldie-but-goodie Butch Davis to help him with his staff.

That’s the word from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, which writes that since Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at the University of Miami and then coached the Browns from 2001-04, he’d be a good sounding board for the former Rutgers head coach.

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It actually makes a bit of sense. Even though Davis ultimately failed in Cleveland, he knows the rigors of going from coaching college football to coaching pro football, and he can possibly help Schiano avoid some of the pitfalls he might have faced.

King also writes about how Patriots coach Bill Belichick helped get Schiano the job, calling Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and saying that Schiano was NFL-ready. Schiano, I imagine, appreciated the gesture.

"We trust one another,” Schiano told King. "I think we see things the same way -- not schematically, necessarily, but principally.”

One other note from King: Schiano had to miss Joe Paterno’s memorial service last Thursday in order to finalize the Buccaneers deal. Considering Paterno was one of Schiano’s mentors, that was a tough decision for him to make.

"Thursday was one of the most exciting days of my life, getting this job, and also one of the saddest, because I missed Joe's service,'' he said. "I learned so much from Joe. Like, 'The only bad decision is indecision.' I can't tell you how significant a statement that is.”

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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:25 pm

Report: Schiano could tap Butch Davis for help

Tressel has a job and will probably become the head coach.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Report: Schiano could tap Butch Davis for help

What about Jim Tressel for your offencive coordinator. He was a great college coach that will have the Bucs playing sound football. And he's looking for a job.

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