Posted December 29, 2013

Penn State reportedly to ‘make a strong push’ for Buccaneers’ Greg Schiano

NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Will Greg Schiano return to the college ranks and coach Penn State next season? (Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)

Will Greg Schiano return to the college ranks and coach Penn State next season? (Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)

Whether or not the Buccaneers opt to fire Greg Schiano on the NFL’s Black Monday, they still may need to find a new head coach before the 2014 season. That’s because Penn State is ready to “make a strong push” for Schiano if current coach Bill O’Brien accepts an NFL job,  according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.


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ESPN reported Saturday that the Texans and O’Brien were closing in on a deal for O’Brien to fill Gary Kubiak’s vacated shoes as Houston’s head coach. However, 247Sports countered that thought: Current Penn State commit Thomas Holley told the site O’Brien “said he isn’t going. It’s not true.”

Schiano’s perceived status has changed on almost a game-to-game basis this season. The Buccaneers started 0-8 only to win four of their next five, with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon showing ample promise. Since then, Tampa Bay has dropped three of four to fall to 4-11.

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Cornerback Darrelle Revis told ESPN.com this week that the Buccaneers “do need to change some things this offseason as we move forward as players and as coaches and figure things out and try to turn the win-loss column to more wins.” Revis did not specify what changes he had in mind — or if that suggestion pertained to Schiano’s role.

Schiano, of course, came to the Buccaneers from the college ranks prior to last season. He had been Rutgers’ head coach from 2001 to ’11.

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67 comments
BigBubba
BigBubba

PSU should look at Narduzzi.  He can build his own program, he has had unquestioned success at MSU, knows the big ten and knows how to lead.  Only downside is he has had no head coaching experience, but he is ready.

bobbo1971
bobbo1971

If OBrien goes, he's pretty low. How can he tell a recruit he's staying if he's negotiating. I guess ego trumps family.  I say go for Al Golden or Mike Munchak. Both have outstanding character.

Ltwcharlie1967
Ltwcharlie1967

Please do not take Scherino.     He is not PSU material and will ruin anything that has been accomplished to restoring the program.     Live in the Tampa Bay area and can tell you this coach is hated by about everyone .    Tampa has the players but wouldn't play for this dictator.   As  the most popular sports show in town declared him an egotistical AS.   Read the Tampa papers and you will get the straight story.     PLEASE DO NOT HIRE GS.

Tank
Tank

DON"T DO IT PSU!!  weasel alert. Ala Brian Kelly and the likes. 

Annabel
Annabel

Since this is all about guessing, my guess is that O'Brien stays.  Hard to believe he successfully recruits Hackenburg with "you come to PSU but don't count on me sticking around".  I don't know BoB but he strikes me as a standup guy.  Maybe I'll eat my words, hope not. 

hydecablecar
hydecablecar

I'd ask whether Schiano will also convince Penn State to make a 100 million dollar addition to Beaver Stadium that they don't need and that ruins the natural lines of the facility, but -- and this is speaking as a Rutgers fan -- Penn State fans would actually fill any addition to the venue, whereas Rutgers fans are merely paying off the bonds without actually going to any games.

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

He's such a high character guy... I'm sure he'd deny the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has already been proven true

Delegator
Delegator

Schiano made a mess of the Buccaneers' locker room. I don't see evidence of the character and leadership that Penn State needs or wants. And, being a year removed from the college scene, Schiano does not have the connections and recent scouting info of top recruits. Hiring him would result in a step backwards, and perhaps worse in my opinion.

GregJackson
GregJackson

Why would Penn State want a person with the personality of Schiano?  I know that the Paterno era ended very badly, but for 40 years they had a guy who was terrific with the alumni.  Schiano might be smart enough to know who butters his bread, but I can't see him being the kind of coach at alums will flock to meet (and support financially).

ElConquistador
ElConquistador

And I will make a strong push to send him there. 

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

PSU taking Schiano will be the the answer to the prayers of the people of Tampa.  I can't help but wonder what the rest of Penn State's list must look like.  Lane Kiffin and Bobby Petrino rounding out the top 3?

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Yeah, get Greg who the players wanted gone 3 years ago and IS a prick around the players. 

mike.russell
mike.russell

Dottie Sandusky would be a better choice than Greg Sciano. 

Rollie C
Rollie C

I love how people assume the Texans job is there for O'Brien's taking.  There are more qualified candidates out there like Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt who have actually been to Super Bowls as head coaches. O'Brien's a candidate no doubt.  But I think this is him using leverage to get more $$$ support from Old Main (not talking about salaries).  To compete with Ohio State one has to spend like Ohio State.  Its an arms race.  Those in Old Main loved collecting the $80M in revenue from football...at the super low cost at which the program was run under JoePa.  O'Brien's in there modernizing.  You gotta spend money to make money.

Another bit of grief is the fact that ESPN and the NFL Network are marketing machines.  They are posting these stories to generate clicks on their webpages.  Clicks=visits=ad $$$.  It is in their interest to foment the masses. 

Also, don't discount the fact that there are those in Old Main and the PSU Board that hates the power that football has and would love to DE-emphasize the sport. Next year is when PSU's team will be at their lowest skill level due to the sanctions.  However, their schedule is also a bit less tough so another 7-5 season is not out of the question.  Plus they will likely be bowl eligible.  If O'Brien gets them to a Bowl next year his stock will continue to soar.  And if PSU wins that bowl game...whoa!  Those in Old Main and the PSU Board do not like their faces rubbed in the dirt on an annual basis.  They may be growing tired of this and may want him out so they don't have to deal with it on an annual basis.  Then again, a top notch football (or basketball) program brings in $$$ and prestige. O'Brien's dealing with a lot of crap up there.  Some real Catch-22's going on up there in Happy Valley on both sides.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out.



wanganui
wanganui

Why?? Because he did such a great job in Tampa? 

Cool
Cool

Terrible choice by both PSU and the Texans if these stories are true.  I think I have the answer for a new PSU coach if that position does come open... I will need a little drum roll before I make the most obvious choice on the planet... ok, ok, enough drums.. I now present to you  Tim Tebow.  (come on, how long has it been since we have heard his name mentioned along with football... 3 months?)

dandogwood
dandogwood

Bill O is a bum let him leave.  Brady made  Lyian Obrien

hopkinsuniv
hopkinsuniv

Why not go after Schiano?? PSU's President and BoT have demonstrated their winners by rolling over for the NCAA with respect to sanctions on the football program, and Schiano is clearly a "winner" -- 68-67 overall record w/ Rutgers, 28-48 in Big East play, and least we forget his stellar 4-12 record in the NFL.

Craig
Craig

Okay, the sports world is officially crazy.  Now we have rumors of who the next coach will be, assuming the rumors about the current coach are right in a situation where the school/team has no reason to terminate the current coach.  You'd think with wild card births still up for grabs there would be more focus on something that actually WILL happen.

Big
Big

This would be a HUGE mistake for Penn State. Schiano is a first class *-hole and got out of Rutgers just ahead of being fired.

OSU
OSU

Help me here Rutger fans.  Didn't this guy have major issues with players and left town two minutes before an AD investigations.  Players were transferring left and right.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Anyone would be an upgrade to the Sandusky-Paterno dynamic duo.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Stupid articles and reporting on conjecture AGAIN that we can all see coming but really NUTHIN has happened yet as OBrien is still a Nittany Lion.

FatClemenza
FatClemenza

And Ian Rapoport's unimpeachable, corroborating second source on this story is _______?

BigBubba
BigBubba

@AnnabelStand up guys don't continually flirt with the next jobs at every opportunity.  Especially when he has been there for all of 2 years.  If he had been there 5-10 years, maybe.  But 2?  and after each year?


I bought the hype on O'Brien last year, but his true colors have changed.  He does not view PSU as a job worth staying for, and if I were the AD, I'd escort him to Detroit, Houston, or wherever the sun is shinier.


And I'd avoid Schiano like herpes.  I'd go after the Vanderbilt coach hard.

hydecablecar
hydecablecar

I've never seen a guy parlay less into more than Schiano. A .500 record at Rutgers with a lone pair of signature wins over an 11 year career there? An abysmal record with the Buccaneers? 

After ditching both the worst coaching hire (Terry Shea) and the most over-matched athletic director (Fred Gruninger) at the end of the century, my mother could've coached Rutgers to victory in 2006 -- admittedly, one of the best defenses in the history of the northeast, but an offense that relied on Syracuse's blunders in order to reap Brian Leonard and Ray Rice to the Scarlet Knights. Schiano merely had what none of his predecessors had before him: an AD willing to cook the books (and send six other varsity sports at Rutgers onto the trash heap) to get him whatever he needed, and some brand management that didn't come from an undergraduate marketing seminar.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

The rumor is that Bobby Petrino and Lane Kiffin were contacted but declined to be considered. It is after all Ped State we are talking about here.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@Rollie C  "They are posting these stories to generate clicks on their webpages.  Clicks=visits=ad $$$.  It is in their interest to foment the masses".  Well put. Formenting works

pirate
pirate

@Cool  Earlier today. Like a bad lunch, Tebow just keeps coming up.

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@dandogwood The dude is doing well at PSU considering the fact that he has to deal with all the sanctions and loss of scholarships. I'd say 8-4 and 7-5 under those circumstances is a success and i don't recall seeing Brady on the sidelines during either one of those 2 seasons.

Matthew W
Matthew W

@hopkinsuniv 

He turned a perennial doormat, Rutgers, into a decent program. If that turnaround counts for squat, then what does? Guess Larry Coker is the greatest coach ever since he took Butch Davis' players and won a national championship right after Butch jumped to the NFL. 


Larry! Larry! Larry!


He's still coaching the dynasty that is the U right?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Craig The sportswriters have to protect their phony baloney jobs.

Cane87
Cane87

@Big *-holes are very popular at Pedophile State.  Hadn't you heard?

Rollie C
Rollie C

@BigAgree.  O'Brien is pretty laid back with the kids.  Facial Hair, music etc.  Schiano is a tight a$$.  I think if he is the hire to replace O'Brien more that a few kids decommit.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Steve PhillipsWell, if nothing has happened, so it cannot be written about, what is your issue with writing about the possibilities?

Cane87
Cane87

@Matthew W @hopkinsuniv Al Golden turned a perennial doormat into a decent program.  And he sucks worse than Coker ever did.  Some people don't have it in them to move up a level, whether at the same employer or a better one.  Thus, the three disasters in a row at Miami.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@hopkinsuniv Love how Penn St. fans are still mad about the sanctions.  I would say most non-PSU fans would say PSU should have gotten the death penalty.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Rickapolis If you, I, and a bunch of others are reading that which they write, what is phony about their jobs?   I don't understand why so many get all worked up about this type of speculation.

Annabel
Annabel

@Cane87@BigI count 3 times you have used that derogatory term in these comments (so far).  You are a clearly a wordsmith but it's time to move on.  Can't stay prepubescent forever.

Annabel
Annabel

@JoeCabot@Steve PhillipsEvidently Steve does not like all the speculation about the head coach of his favorite team leaving.  Probably makes him a little anxious about the future of his team.  Seems pretty simple.  What's your issue with him taking issue?

FatClemenza
FatClemenza

@mystafugee @hopkinsuniv The only way PSU should have received any sanctions at all would be PROOF that Paterno knew about BOTH instances of child abuse by Sandusky (98 & 01).  If he only knew about '01 - which is the claim of a man who was the model of integrity for 40 years (highest grad rate at the cost of personal glory, i.e. NatChamps) - then there was no "institutional corruption" in the football program.  It does seem that there was criminal corruption - and that's what criminal trials are for - and horrible mismanagement in the Prez' office.  


Paterno admitted he wished he'd done more.  And he should have.   But given that Sandusky was a tenured employee with a lifetime pension that he probably negotiated WITH PSU - no coach negotiates contracts or retirement packages with university employees - there was probably little more that Paterno could have actually done.  


I'm not certain that Paterno is innocent but he was hanged without a trial, based upon ONE EMAIL (out of THOUSANDS that Freeh looked at) that talked about "Coach" knowing about the '98 incident. No one ever called Paterno "coach."


Without solid PROOF of institutional wrongdoing - AND BEFORE THERE WERE ANY CRIMINAL TRIALS - the NCAA had no business imposing the sanctions they did.  It was a PR stunt to show the NCAA was "doing something."  What did the current players do to deserve the punishment forced upon them? 

nd68
nd68

@mystafugee Agreed. If this scandal didn't warrant the death penalty, I don't know what does. 


And hopkins, I think you also meant "lest we forget." I mean, as long as we're making grammatical corrections. 

Annabel
Annabel

@JoeCabot@RickapolisWe get worked up about this type of speculation because no source is cited (other than another "reporter"; i.e. media clown with an agenda.  It is foisted on fans as if it is not merely speculation but the result of investigative journalism.  Is that so hard to understand, Joe?