Rutgers’ Schiano hired as coach of Buccaneers

Greg Schiano.

Greg Schiano was not hired as the new coach at Penn State. Apparently, he had better opportunities.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Schiano, head coach at Rutgers, will be hired as the new coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The move came as a surprise, with Schiano’s name only emerging recently. Tampa came close to hiring Oregon coach Chip Kelly last week, but Kelly decided at the last moment to return to Eugene. The Bucs had apparently interviewed former Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman twice.

Schefter also reported that Schiano had been considered for the Rams’ coaching job this offseason.

Schiano had repeatedly been mentioned for larger college jobs, including replacing Joe Paterno at Penn State multiple times. Schiano was a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach for the Nittany Lions from 1990-1995. He also was an option at Miami, where he was offensive coordinator before taking over at Rutgers.

Schiano’s only previous NFL coaching experience came with the Chicago Bears from 1996-1998 as a defensive backs coach.

He has been at Rutgers as head coach since 2001.

Schiano took a miserable program back to relevance over his 11 years with the program. They went to six bowl games, with a 5-1 record, after not appearing in one since 1978. He also reached the top 25 in 2006 and were as high as No. 6 in the BCS standings after a program-defining win over Louisville.

His career record was 68-67.

Schiano’s star had faded slightly since 2006, as the program couldn’t seem to get over the hump and into an elite program as he desired. The team never made a BCS bowl in a very winnable Big East Conference. The team was just 8-13 in the conference over the past three seasons.

There is no question Schiano has groomed plenty of NFL talent, however. Ravens running back Ray Rice is likely the most prominent, but Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and Colts linebacker Gary Brackett have all had success in the pros.


Follow Metro New York sports editor Mark Osborne on Twitter
@MetroNYSports.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

NBA

Knicks wrap up season with win over Raptors

The Knicks wrapped up their season as it began — undermanned — but that still didn’t deter them from ending it the right way.

MLB

Adam Warren closes out doubleheader sweep for Yankees

Adam Warren navigated a tricky ninth inning earn the Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.

NHL

Marc Staal healthy, eager to contribute to Rangers…

Marc Staal remembers the feeling of helplessness watching his teammates compete for hockey’s ultimate prize and being unable to contribute.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.