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SBD/January 27, 2012/Franchises
Buccaneers Name Rutgers' Greg Schiano Head Coach In Surprise Move
Published January 27, 2012
WHAT'S THE WORD? In Tampa Bay, Stephen Holder notes the reaction to Schiano's hire “was generally positive,” and there was “a great deal of sentiment that he is a good fit for the Bucs given their undisciplined, inconsistent ways in 2011” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/27). But ESPN's Michelle Beadle noted the Buccaneers recently had a hard time selling tickets and said, "You’re going to go to these guys who are your potential ticket buyers and say, ‘Guess what, guys? We got the third-best coach in the Big East coming in. Time to get your season tickets'” ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 1/26). ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said, “It’s clear that the Glazer family really wanted to hit a home run in some way. ... The word was they were really digging in the college ranks, and clearly Greg Schiano struck a chord with them. I guess this is just to try to energize their fan base. I don’t know if that’s going to work” (“NFL 32,” ESPN2, 1/26). SI.com’s Michael Rosenberg wrote Schiano’s hiring is “the most baffling NFL coaching hire I can remember.” Rosenberg: “How do you go from Tony Dungy to Jon Gruden to Raheem Morris to Greg Schiano? Does that seem like progress to anybody on this planet?” In the last three years, Schiano's Big East record at Rutgers was 8-13, and he “never won the Big East” (SI.com, 1/26). Columnist Kevin Blackistone said Schiano "was a hot name a few years ago but has turned into being a very mediocre coach in a fairly mediocre football conference in the Big East" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 1/26).