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Greg Schiano’s name emerges in Tampa Bay

Greg Schiano, Paul Rhoads

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano addresses the media during an NCAA college football news conference at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Rutgers is scheduled to takes on Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the stadium on Dec. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Chip Kelly turned the job down at the last minute, but another college coach has surfaced as a potential candidate to take over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is a possible candidate for the job, according to Tampa sports radio station WDAE. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora later reported that he was hearing the same.

This is far from the first time Schiano’s name has surfaced as a coach who could jump from college to the NFL, but as recently as January 14, the Newark Star-Ledger was reporting that Schiano had no interest in leaving for the NFL.

Of course, if Schiano changes his mind about that, he would hardly be the first coach to do so. And owners who are willing to offer $6 million a year can be good at changing coaches’ minds.

All we know for sure about the Bucs is that they’re taking their time and considering a wide variety of candidates. Tampa Bay is the only team in the NFL that doesn’t have a coach.