The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Rutgers’ Greg Schiano to become the team’s next coach while Rutgers names assistant coach  Kyle Flood the Scarlett Knight’s interim head coach.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Prunetti thanked Schiano and his family for helping to build the Rutgers football program.

“We would like to thank Greg Schiano and his entire family for their commitment to Rutgers and helping build our football program,” stated Pernetti. “The Rutgers Football program is stronger than it has ever been and is built to last. Our program will never sacrifice its core values of family, integrity, trust and the balance between academics and athletics. This is an attractive job in a BCS conference in the nation’s largest media market. We are excited to find a new coach to lead our program.”

Prunetti said things moved very quickly between Schiano and the Buccaneers and he only became aware of the talks within the past 48 hours.

He says that he already has some replacements in mind but would not name names.

Any AD worth whatever his university pays has a list in his pocket at all times. In my mind, and I think in a lot of people’s minds affiliated with Rutgers, I think the hope and expectation was that we would be able to keep Coach Schiano in here for a long time. At any moment, that can change and I’ve been ready for this moment since the day I walked on this campus so we have been ready.”

Prunetti realizes that the timing of Schiano’s departure is bad with National Signing Day next week. For Rutgers recruits he had this message. “ I think the message will be that the program that you committed to, if they are committed, or the program you are considering, is the same program that it was two days ago. It is going to stand for the same things. The core values are things that are never going to be sacrificed. We are still going to rely on our players and our student-athletes in the program in hopes that the student-athletes and recruits to look at us and say, ‘this is the right or wrong kind of person to have at Rutgers.’ We are going to continue to all the things that we have done that have made it what it is today.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed the five-year contract Thursday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Dino Flammia talks to Townsquare Media NJ Sports Director Kevin Williams about what Schiano’s departure means to Rutgers football program.

ESPN first reported the Bucs had hired Schiano.

The 45-year-old Schiano had been with the Scarlet Knights for 11 seasons, taking them from college football laughingstock to a program that has had winning records in six of the last seven years. He was an assistant coach in the NFL with Chicago from 1996-98.

The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Jan. 2 after a 4-12 finish that included 10 straight losses to end the season.

Schiano Departure Places Rutgers in Bind

Greg Schiano came to Rutgers when the football program was in a state of disarray — then left it in a bind.

Less than a week before Rutgers was expected to lock up a highly touted recruiting class, Schiano accepted an offer to become coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

There is, however, no doubt Schiano leaves Rutgers football in far better shape than he found it when he was hired to coach the Scarlet Knights in 2000. The New Jersey native had six winning seasons in the last seven years, and was 5-1 in bowl games. Rutgers had been to one bowl game before he arrived.

The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 9-4 season.

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The Schiano File

 

Rutgers Record

2001 Rutgers 2–9 0–7
2002 Rutgers 1–11 0–7
2003 Rutgers 5–7 2–5
2004 Rutgers 4–7 1–5
2005 Rutgers 7–5 4–3
2006 Rutgers 11–2 5–2
2007 Rutgers 8–5 3–4
2008 Rutgers 8–5 5–2
2009 Rutgers 9–4 3–4
2010 Rutgers 4–8 1–6
2011 Rutgers 9–4 4–3
Rutgers: 68–67 28–48
Total: 68–67

Coaching Experience

2000 – Pres. Rutgers University (head coach)

1999-00 University of Miami (defensive coordinator)

1998 Chicago Bears (defensive backfield coach)

1996-97 Chicago Bears (defensive assistant)

1991-96 Penn State (defensive backfield coach)

1990 Penn State (graduate assistant)

1989 Rutgers University (graduate assistant)

1988 Ramapo High School (assistant coach)

Bowl Games as a Coach

2011 Pinstripe Bowl

2009 St, Petersburg Bowl

2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl

2008 International Bowl

2006 Texas Bowl

2005 Insight Bowl

2000 Gator Bowl

1996 Outback Bowl

1995 Rose Bowl

1994 Citrus Bowl

1993 Blockbuster Bowl

1992 Fiesta Bowl

1990 Blockbuster Bowl

Honors

2006 Eddie Robinson/FWAA National Coach of the Year

• 2006 The Home Depot National Coach of the Year

• 2006 Walter Camp Football Foundation National Coach of the Year

• 2006 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year

• 2006 George Munger (Maxwell Club) National Coach of the Year

• 2006 American Football Monthly National Coach of the Year

• 2006 BIG EAST Coach of the Year

Personal Information

Full Name: Gregory Edward Schiano

Birthdate: June 1, 1966

Hometown: Wyckoff, New Jersey

Education: B.S. in business administration,

Bucknell University (1988)

Wife: The former Christy Mitchell

Children: Joey, John, Matt and Katie

Source: ScarletKnights.com