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Report: Wyckoff's Schiano Inks 5-Year Deal with Bucs

Schiano to be introduced as Tampa Bay coach Friday

Wyckoff native Greg Schiano signed a five-year deal Thursday, making him the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report from ESPN.

"We are thrilled to introduce Coach Schiano as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," Bucs co-chair Joel Glazer said on the team's website. "During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but Coach Schiano surely distinguished himself. From his leadership skills to his impressive track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job."

The former Rutgers head coach met with the Bucs several times this week to iron out the details of the deal that would put him at the helm of the NFL's fourth worst team.

The Bucs finished out the 2011-2012 season with an abysmal 4-12 record.

Schiano, 45, is expected to be officially introduced as the team's new coach at a press conference on Friday.

The organization cited Schiano's talents as a motivator and a team-builder, as well as his the resume he's compiled at the college and pro levels, as good reason to hire the  grad. 

In 11 seasons as the head football coach at Rutgers, Schiano won five bowl games, including  in December over Iowa State in the second annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl — a game was played at the Bronx's Yankee Stadium in front of 38,328 fans.

Schiano compiled a 49-28 record at Rutgers since took the helm there in 2001. He served as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears from 1996-98.

According to NBC's College Football Talk, Schiano was considered for the Penn State head coaching job following the firing of Joe Paterno and was briefly connected to a vacancy at Illinois.

Before hiring Schiano, Tampa sought out the talents of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, but after talks collapsed when Kelly decided he had unfinished business in the Pacific Northwest, the Bucs closed in on Schiano.

"One of the people [team officials] called was Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who spoke highly of Schiano," reported ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. 

Schefter also reported that Schiano's contract with Rutgers, which ran through 2016, was expected to earn him about $2.35 million per year.

The NFL's 2012-13 season is scheduled to start the first week in September. 

look January 27, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Mr Gerace, so you now say you asked a question of me that you already knew the answer to. This in order to 'foster a conversation". Why don't you write an article in such a fashion so that the words in that article will foster a free flowing discussion between readers rather than to fake the process by misrepresentation. AOL's Patch is a good forum for discussion but the authors should be more responsible in their presentation. And I did not ask you anything about Toal's earnings as compared to yours rather a subliminal comment about the power a college AD in choosing a college football coach.
Jon January 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Great call on Toal, would be a spectacular fit
Q January 28, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Mr. Gerace, I liked the Bosco chocolate milk joke and read it as such. Your attempt to facilitate comments is fine and I like that you do so with humor.
Bernadette January 30, 2012 at 07:42 PM
A journalist who works on a hyperlocal level asks members of the community what they know about a topic not out of laziness but as a means to start a discussion and to learn more about their opinions. Its nice to see that the author actually cares what his readers think. Reaching out to the community: ever heard of it?
Joseph M. Gerace January 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Much appreciated, Susan.

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