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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: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:37 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I think Coughlin retires after the Superbowl (win or lose) and Cowher coaches the Giants next year.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:34 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Glad to see the Glazers will still have plenty of money to transfer directly from the NFL to Manchester United.  I'd really hate to see their beloved soccer team suffer at the expense of making a bona fide effort to compete in the NFL.  The great teams go out and get great coaches with great records.  Losing teams go out and get has-beens, wannabes, or people who are just competent enough to provide hope for the fans who are dumping money into the teams' coffers.  
Whenever a team makes a decision that seems "inexplicable," there is always a covert agenda: money.  The Bucs will pay Schiano a salary that is average, but nothing like that commanded by an elite coach.  They will continue to spend as little money on player salaries as possible, and will continue to give whoever is coaching mediocre talent.  

With the Lions' owner William Clay Ford apparently too senile to operate the team on a regular basis anymore, those who have taken over for him have done a good job.  Consequently, the Lions can no longer claim the "honor" of being the NFL's worst-run team anymore.  The Miami Dolphins are trying very hard to take their place, but even the Dolphins can't claim it, because they are at least trying to field an NFL team.
Congratulations to the Glazers and the Bucs for bringing a great "title" home to the Tampa Bay area: "The Worst-run Franchise in the NFL." 

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:29 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

A few days ago recruit J.J. Denman left Wisconsin for Rutgers, after earlier leaving Penn State for Wisco.  where are you going now J.J.? 

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:27 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

A clssic exdample of why small market teams usually fail.While Schiano did a nice job at Rutgers that is not exactly a hotbead for college football plus the chedule helped him as he consistantly had cupcake city schedule outside of big east and he could never beome the top banana in what is widely reguarded asa terrible conference for its football.I hope i'm wrong about this because he is a nice guy but I think due to lack of experience in the big time is going to be his downfall not a good hire after u just fired Rahkeem Morriss his downfall lack of experience at the big time.Odds r he was hired because he was a cheap fit monatarily speaking.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:23 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Coaching hires like this cost GMs there jobs....what is the Tampa GM  just when I thought an nfl team reaches the epitome of stupid somewhere someone else in the nfl does something even more stupid....way to go tampa lol  get the bags for your heads ready tampa fans lol

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:48 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I also think the way the Big East is going, which is no where, toooo spread out, played a major part in his decision.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:48 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

As both a Rutgers alumni/fan and lifelong Bucs fan, I think that Rutgers is getting the better end of this. Schiano only had 1 big year, and that's because he had Ray Rice, Brian Leonard and a big time defense. Other than that it's been nothing but dissapointment. And I don't care about winning bowl games in Canada and Yankee stadium. I'm talking about top 25 finishes and BCS games....which he never came close to. Combine that with the long history of college coaches going to the NFL and failing, and it's a recipe for disaster. At least Rutgers will finally have a chance to get a big time coach.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:42 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Doesn't matter who coaches the long as the Glazers continue to spend 20-30 million below the salary cap. But now that they have a coach, it's time to sweep that lockerroom clean of the "me-firsts", bad attitudes and just generally bad character guys. How this team has done a 180 ftrom just a few years ago-when they were built on character guys like Brooks, Dunn, Lynch, B Johnson, etc. No coincidence that those teams won. Now built around guys like Blount, M Williams, and the classless, if not lawless Talib. No surprise that these guys are losers.

Too bad Sciano will derail his own career with this move since this team is in ultimate rebuilding mode and is at least 1-2 coaches away from returning to respectability...both on and off the field.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:39 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Wow, the Buc’s were only a day or two away from “the man on the street” coaching search.

Hope the guy well, but there are a lot of good coordinators in the NFL that probably would have been a better fit. Must have agreed to relocate his family to England when the Buc’s decide to jump ship and take the huge league bonus for doing so.


Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:36 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

NFL cordinators are all getting picked over and the big name coaches like B.Cowher are not coaching this year. With the options that the Bucs had they made a smart hire with Schiano. Players will play hard for him. The Bucs and their fans need to be patient though. New Orleans and Atlanta are loaded with talent right now and Carolina is up and coming so winning may not happen right away. Freeman is the 4th best QB in that division by a lot.

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