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Reports: Greg Schiano To Leave Rutgers, Coach NFL’s Buccaneers

NEW YORK (WFAN) — It seems Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is taking his “Keep Choppin'” mantra to the NFL.

According to multiple reports, Schiano has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers fired Raheem Morris earlier this month after finishing last (4-12) in the NFC South. On Monday, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly pulled himself from consideration for the opening in Tampa Bay.

“Really?” Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand tweeted Thursday morning. “Not going to lie I am a little bit shocked right now.”

Schiano will reportedly leave Rutgers with a 68-67 record spanning 11 seasons.

His departure couldn’t have come at a worse time with national signing day less than a week away. Without Schiano, who was known for his ability to recruit, Rutgers could struggle to lock up commitments from top high school prospects. Recruits can sign national letters of intent starting Wednesday.

Schiano’s big break came in 1991, when late Penn State coach Joe Paterno hired him as the Nittany Lions’ defensive backs coach. He then served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears from 1996-98.

From there, the University of Miami tabbed Schiano as defensive coordinator for two seasons.  In Dec. 2000, Schiano agreed to coach the Scarlet Knights in his native New Jersey.

The 45-year-old Schiano won five of six bowl games with Rutgers, his lone loss coming at the 2005 Insight Bowl against Arizona State.

In 2006, Schiano led the university to their first Top 25 ranking in 30 years.

After suffering through a 4-8 record in 2010, the Scarlet Knights rebounded to 9-4 this past season.

Surprised by the move? Sound off in the comments below…

  • Joe F

    What happen to his promises to stay at Rutgers. And what about the property Rutger’s gave him for his home because he was going to stay at Rutgers and make it a National Powerhouse.? A 68 wins and 68 lost don’t make you a great coach

  • Kervyn

    The guy deserves great appreciation and thanks from the RU community. Schiano took a job NOBODY wanted and built something we all could be proud of. He won more games than he lost – no not enough BIG games – never had any kids embarrass the school or state, graduated kids, actually excelled in the classroom by all accounts, and always had GREAT kids. His handling of the LeGrand injury, his caring for the kids ans their family.

    Yes I am disappointed, but one had to figure this was going to happen – Michigan, Penn State, whatever school had a bigger profile. Weird timing, frankly never was really worried about the NFL.

    Good luck Greg! Thanks

  • Kris

    Between the Big East losing all its good teams and Schiano leaving, Rutgers football is once again down the tubes

  • Alia

    The money for Schiano was from tuition fees as well as money that was already set aside for Rutgers Athletics specifically and helped by tons of alumni donations

  • Mark

    As an alum, I appreciate what he has done to put Rutgers on the map. Just we he would have stayed till we got to a BCS bowl. Don’t understand how the disaster that is the Bucs could be any better job than where he’s at now.

  • Ron

    He was way over paid on the tax payer dime…
    good riddance!

  • Rich Meyerson

    Tampa is lawst!!

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