The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano, and will name him their new Head Coach.
This proves that you can go one game above .500 (68-67) over 11 years in the extremely weak Big East Conference, never winning the conference championship, and still get an NFL head coaching gig.
But I get it. The NFL coaching crop is thin right now, and if I owned a team I would never want to bring in Brian Billick, Mike Sherman, Jim Fassel or Ray Rhodes (to fulfill the Rooney Rule.)
You want a young, fiery winner like the Harbaugh brothers, who your team can believe in and get behind. Schiano, just 45 years old, gives you that. He was also the 2006 National Coach of the Year.
Schiano also took a perennial losing program which was a laughing stock and turned them into a winner, guiding them to 6 bowl games (5-1). He has succeeded everywhere he has gone, and I expect him to succeed in Tampa Bay.
This move really puts Rutgers in a tough spot for the future. Schiano was able to land such recruits (and current NFLers) as Ray Rice (Ravens), Devin (Patriots) and Jason (Titans) McCourty, Anthony Davis (49ers) and Kenny Britt (Titans) to name a few. He also had a great recruiting pipeline to Florida (which is rare for Northeast schools), so losing a top recruiter like Schiano may set the Rutgers program back eons, if they can not lure the right successor to replace him.