Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rut(gers)-ro (UPDATED)

1st UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. EST: Indeed, Mr. Schiano has accepted an offer to become Tampa Bay's new coach. His departure comes just six days before high school football players can sign their letters of intent, and ESPN notes Rutgers is now left in a desperate situation.

Who will be Rutgers' next coach, but perhaps almost as importantly, how many assistants will stay at the school? Even with a new head coach, those relationships could still pay dividends in recruiting.
If Rutgers decides to go elsewhere to hire a coach, those assistants may be gone. An in-house hiring could ease the transition a bit, but it will be a challenge no matter what.
Time is definitely not on Rutgers' side with national signing day just six days away.
In short, Mr. Schiano shafted his former employer.

ORIGINAL POST: If ESPN is correct, then Rutgers University is about to lose its head football coach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are near an agreement to hire Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as their new head coach, according to league sources.
The two sides are busy putting the finishing touches on an agreement that would give Tampa Bay a new direction and Schiano, 45, his first NFL head coaching job, according to sources.
The two sides met Wednesday for the second time and then spent some of the night into the morning trying to work out a contract that is expected to be finalized, according to a source.
You might remember that last weekend Tampa Bay thought it was going to land Oregon's Chip Kelly. But he had a change of heart and opted to stay in college (so to speak).

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