After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were turned down by one college head coach (Oregon's Chip Kelly), it appears the team is focused on another one. No, not former Green Bay and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, but instead, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. Reports this morning indicate that the Buccaneers are eyeing Schiano to replace Raheem Morris who was fired after two seasons.
620 WDAE, a sports radio station in Tampa, reported this morning that the Bucs want Schiano and have already informed some candidates, such Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, that they would not receive the job. Instead, the Bucs have turned their attention to Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and Schiano. Schiano has coached just two years in the NFL (second coach with the Chicago Bears) and for the past 11 seasons has been the head coach at Rutgers.
Schiano making this move now would come as a major surprise. He has previously turned down inquiries from high profile college jobs such as Michigan and Miami, and is on the cusp of landing his best recruiting class in his time at Rutgers with national signing day just one week away. Leaving now would be a major blow to a Rutgers program enjoying a big rebound from a disappointing 2010 season.