26 Jan 2012
Adam Schefter is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to hire current Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano as their next head coach. Schefter first reported the news this morning, and unlike the Bucs' pursuit on Sunday of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, this deal seems to be done.
While Rutgers never really reached the upper echelon of college football programs, Schiano did an excellent job of developing and maintaining a Rutgers program that had struggled to achieve anything like sustained success. He'd previously turned down opportunities elsewhere, including the head coaching job at Michigan, and Peter King noted this isn't the first time his name has been mentioned in connection with an NFL job.
While the college to pro transition is generally not a fruitful one, and Schiano isn't as schematically interesting as Kelly, he's one of a handful of college coaches I thought could a good NFL coach, and I'm interesting in seeing how he does.
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