Greg Schiano Leaves For Bucs
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It's absolutely impossible to overstate what Schiano did for Rutgers.
While the program might not have turned into the superpower it looked
like it might have become under Schiano's reign, remember, Rutgers was
almost another Temple before he arrived- going 0-11 in 1997. The Scarlet
Knights had just two winning seasons from 1981 to 1990, and there was a
minor uprising from professors and others about the need for the school
to play big-time football.
Schiano was not only able to win on the field, but his teams were
consistently terrific in the classroom, too.
In 2006, it seemed like the program was about to take a big turn up
after going 11-2 including a national title dream-killing win over
Louisville and a classic 41-39 loss to West Virginia, but it didn't
happen. Even so, he proved that Rutgers could be a winner by owning the
state in recruiting and by mining other areas just enough to fill in the
11 years is a great run, and while things haven't gone stale, he's ready
to make another move now that the Penn State job isn't an option. The
former assistant under Joe Paterno was long thought to be a top option
to take over, but that wasn't going to happen after the scandal.
Now Schiano is going for the big payday, and he has the mentality and
the ability to be one of the few college coaches able to make a
successful transition to the next level. His coordinator hires are going
to be the key, but he should be a solid pro coach with the right
personnel in place. If not, he can all but name his mid-to-upper level
college coaching gig if he wants to return.
It was time.
Greg Schiano did all that he could in Piscataway, breathing life into a program that was about to be toe-tagged when he arrived more than a decade ago. A passionate and dedicated coach, I'm sure he's leaving his home state with a very heavy heart, but it's a good time to move on.
Schiano could have stayed at Rutgers for many years, perennially cranking out seven or eight wins against modest competition, but it had become clear that the program had hit a wall under his stewardship. And that's not a knock on the coach. The fact is that you're only going to get so far at this school, and Schiano had been hovering around the same familiar neighborhood for some time. Especially as the Big East regroups in an awkward fashion, there's a very good chance that this was as good as it was going to get for the Scarlet Knights.
From the periphery, I always got the feeling that two jobs would interest Schiano in the future—the one at Penn State and one in the NFL. We all know what happened in Happy Valley, which helped make the Buccaneers offer that much more enticing. Not your typical one-dimensional college coach, Schiano has the right demeanor, toughness and past experience with the Chicago Bears to make a successful transition to the professional sidelines. His brand of discipline and love for his players will sell very well in Tampa.
If ever a coach left a program in better shape than when he arrived, Schiano is it. Every positive thing that happens with the Scarlet Knights over the next four or five years can somehow be traced back to the coach. He leaves an enormous void in New Jersey that'll be difficult to fill. One thing is certain—the job is infinitely more attractive for potential candidates than it was 11 years ago.
By: Barrett Sallee
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Ever since 2006 - when Rutgers became relevant again in the college
football world - everybody assumed that Schiano would capitalize on his success in Piscataway and move on to a
bigger and better job. Miami and Penn State, the two obvious choices, came and went without
Schiano. He became almost a forgotten man.
He won't be forgotten anymore.
People at Rutgers will remember this, for all of the wrong reasons. This move couldn't come
at a worse time for the Scarlet Knights. We're one week before National Signing Day, and Big
East expansion is right around the corner. It isn't the worst timing imaginable, but it sure is
In the simplest of terms, the window is closed. Rutgers had the chance to become "New York's
team," and it didn't happen. Now, with Schiano gone and the coaching market barren, it's
looking at a rebuilding process.
Harrison: Greg Schiano to Tampa Bay
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It seems like ever since Rutgers became the little engine that could with Ray Rice and gang, that Schiano's name has been bantered about with every major college football job that's surfaced. Alas, the man who seemed to love New Jersey, and the life he had there shunned everyone from Miami to Michigan. It seemed he would be a Scarlet Knight for life.
But now this...Schiano is off to the shiny new diggs of the NFL. Maybe we had it all wrong. Perhaps Schiano would take another job, if--and only if, it were a destination in the NFL--at least once the Penn State job was out of reach.
On many levels, this move makes a lot of sense. Rutgers was never going to be a big boy program. Schiano, if he stayed, would likely own the place for as many years as he wanted, but if moving on with your career, making a name for yourself, and bettering your life is the goal, then this is a move that is the right one for him. After all, when opportunity knocks, you open the door.
But what about for Tampa Bay? It's hard to find a college coach that has made the transition from leading young men to leading paid athletes in recent years, so the deck is stacked against him. Still, the pro set offense and demeanor that Greg Schiano brings to the sidelines should fit right into the NFL mold. He may have not led NFL players, but he brings credentials, a work ethic, and personality for this thing to work in Tampa.
You can bet they'll be chopping a lot of wood down in Florida.
By Terry Johnson
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Greg Schiano made an excellent professional decision by joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he succeeds there, he will likely have his choice of any job – college or pro - in the future.
Unfortunately, his departure leaves a huge void in Piscataway.
Coach Schiano epitomized everything that a college football coach should be. He inherited a perennial bottom-feeder in Rutgers and gradually turned things around. Unlike most other coaches, Schiano did not leave for greener pastures after a big season. Instead, he stayed with the Scarlet Knights and made them into a consistent winner, tallying at least 8 wins in five of his last six seasons.
More importantly, he did things the right way, emphasizing excellence in the classroom as well as on the field. Rutgers graduated 89% of its players in the latest Graduation Success Rate ratings. That total was third highest among bowl teams, and seventh best nationally.
Schiano's departure could not have come at a worse time for the Scarlet Knights, as national signing day is now less than a week away. In an attempt to keep its current recruiting class intact, Rutgers promoted Kyle Flood to interim head coach.
Whoever takes over the job permanently will have some huge shoes to fill, as Rutgers has not enjoyed this type of success since the mid 1970's.
Good luck, Coach Schiano. College football will miss you.