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Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano agrees to terms with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (updated)

Greg Schiano’s Rutgers team won the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium last month. (Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images)

The hiring of Chuck Pagano by the Indianapolis Colts left only one NFL team searching for a head coach.

And now there are none. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after losing out on Oregon’s Chip Kelly, have agreed to terms of a deal with Greg Schiano, head coach at Rutgers, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Schiano agreed to a five-year deal.

Schiano’s name surfaced in connection with the NFL earlier this month, when Peter King touted his qualifications for a head-coaching job, citing the Miami Dolphins as a good match. The Star-Ledger reported shortly afterward that Schiano had no interest in returning to the NFL.

Schiano, who has close ties to New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, has turned down past inquiries from Michigan and the University of Miami, where he was defensive coordinator before going to Rutgers. Schiano has been at Rutgers since 2001 and previously coached the defensive secondary for the Chicago Bears from 1996-98.

The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Jan. 2 and the Redskins hired him as defensive backs coach Jan. 11.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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