The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hiring of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is now official, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Now official: After finalizing a five-year deal, the Buccaneers officially have hired Greg Schiano as their next head coach.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2012
It had been reported last week that Tampa Bay and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly were very close to a deal to make him the franchise’s next coach. That deal fell through at the last moment, however, when a change of heart led Kelly back to Oregon.
Schiano, 45, has served as the head coach of Rutgers since 2001. In that time he has led the Scarlet Knights to a 68-67 overall record, and has won in five out of six Bowl Game appearances.
The head coaching position in Tampa Bay became vacant after the club made the decision to fire Raheem Morris after just three years on the job. Morris lead the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in 2010, but the team regressed in 2011 finishing just 4-12.