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Schiano to the Buccaneers
After interviewing several former NFL head coaches and even more current assistants, the Buccaneers went to the college ranks to select their next head coach. In a shocker, the Bucs are going with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
The team will officially announce Schiano at a news conference tomorrow.“Coach Schiano is a bright, meticulous teacher who knows how to get the most out of his players,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. “He built and ran a pro-style program at Rutgers, and he’s a defensive-minded coach whose teams have always been characterized by toughness and a physical style of play.”
Schiano helped lead Rutgers into respectability over his 11 season, as the Scarlet Knights had winning record for six of the last seven years. Schiano was an assistant with the Bears from 1996-98.
The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Jan. 2 after the team had lost 10 straight games to end a 4-12 season.
The Bucs had initially settled on Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who initially accepted the position but changed his mind and decided to remain at Oregon.
The Bucs also talked to former NFL head coaches Mike Sherman, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer; Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski; Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray; Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer; Green Bay quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who was hired by the Dolphins as their new head coach.
“During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but coach Schiano surely distinguished himself,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said. “From his leadership skills to his considerable track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job.”