Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:40 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:09 pm
TAMPA, Fla. - Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has accepted the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Bucs, sources told CBSSports.com.
Schiano was 68-67 in 11 years with Rutgers. He also is a former defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears from 1996-98 and defensive coordinator at Miami from 1999-2000.
Schiano was the second college head coach the Bucs targeted to replace Raheem Morris. The Bucs appeared to have a deal with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, but Kelly changed his mind and decided to stay with Oregon.
Schiano's move to the NFL was stunning, considering it came less than a week before Wednesday's National Signing Day. Although the signings aren't official until Wednesday, the Scarlet Knights were stock piling one of their best recruiting classes in school history.
Before Schiano arrived at Rutgers in 2001, the Scarlet Knights had been to only one bowl game in the program's 135-year history. Under Schiano, Rutgers went to bowls in six of the past seven seasons.
With Schiano gone, look for Rutgers to target Miami's Al Golden and FIU's Mario Cristobal.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:06 pm
When I spoke with Rutgers senior Eric LeGrand last month, the former Scarlet Knights defensive tackle said he planned on attending all of RU's home games this season.
That plan remains in place, but now LeGrand will be attending Rutgers' home games in a different role - as an analyst for the Rutgers Football Radio Network.
LeGrand will be on the broadcast for a segment during the pre-game show, at halftime and on the post-game show for every game this season. LeGrand will attend the home games and will call in for his segments for Rutgers' road games.
"I think it's really cool," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "He's going to do post (game), pre (game) and halftime. So we're going to get our 'E-Rock' report."
LeGrand wants to be a sports broadcaster after graduation. During the Scarlet-White spring game, LeGrand spent the third quarter calling the action for RVision, the official broadband network of Rutgers Athletics.
The Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics also has announced the establishment of the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to support Eric LeGrand and his family. LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury Oct. 16, 2010 vs. Army and was paralyzed.
However, LeGrand told me his goal is not only to walk again, but run onto the field at High Point Solutions Stadium."I can't wait to run out the tunnel with 'my' team," LeGrand told CBSSports.com. "I can't control it, I have to play the waiting game and pray to God every night, every day. He's blessed me so far. I have to believe He will continue to do so."
Contributions to the LeGrand fund are not tax deductible and can be made by sending a check payable to the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to:
“Eric LeGrand Believe Fund”
PNC Wealth Management
Attn: Kimberly G. Kingsland, Senior Trust Advisor
One Palmer Square Suite 201
Princeton, NJ 08542