Originally posted on The Herd's Word  |  Last updated 1/26/12

After backing an Armored truck up to Chip Kelly’s front door, only to receive a polite refusal, the Tampa Bay Bucaneers look like they’ve finally found their man. It was once again at the college level but this time it was at the oposite end of the country.

Greg Schiano has agreed to become the next head coach of the Bucs, replacing Raheem Morris, who -after as promising finish to the end of the 2010 season as well as a strong start this past season- was fired following a disappointing 4-12 season that saw the Bucs lose their final 9 games of the season.

Schiano made a name for himself at the college level while compiling and coaching one of the quickest, most athletic and violent defensive teams in the country while at the University of Miami from 1999-2000. Schiano’s defenses were widely regarded as an NFL breeding ground and players like LB Dan Morgan and future Hall of Famer Ed Reed were some of his disciples. His success at Miami along with his lifelong New Jersey routes made him one of the lead candidates for the Rutgers job following the 2000 season.

Schiano took over a program that wasn’t only a joke in the Northeast but nationwide. After struggling to form an offensive identity in his first two seasons (3-20), Schiano got his own recruits on campus and started to change the programs identity. By keeping in-state players at home, Schiano was able to build his program and more importantly didn’t allow other Big East coaches to pillage his own backyard.

2006 was the climax for Schiano’s career as well as the Rutgers football program in the last 60 years. The Scarlet Knights opened the season with a surprising 21-16 win over North Carolina behind sophomore running back Ray Rice, who Schiano would to national notoriety for the rest of the season.

During the magical run of ‘06 included a couple Thursday Night games that put the Rutgers programo n the map. The Scarlet Nights would rise all the way up to #7 in the Associated Press poll. Like many coaches that have brought teams from the dumps to the spotlight, Schiano became a rising star in the coaching community. His name was brought up each of the past two times the Miami head job had a vacancy and many had him tabbed as Joe Paterno’s successor up until a few years ago.

Now the Tampa Bay Bucs welcome a fiery and still reasonably young -at age 49- head coach into town to revive the franchise. Considering what he’s done at Rutgers as well as his reputation as a leader of men, I wouldn’t doubt Schiano in this -or any- situation!

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Olympic wrestler turned ISIS recruit killed in U.S. drone strike

Report: Jamaal Charles to play Sunday against Steelers

Dez Bryant says he will not play Sunday against 49ers

Bill O’Brien officially rules J.J. Watt out for season

Report: Eric Decker out Sunday with partial tear in rotator cuff

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Browns planning to part ways with Josh Gordon

Noah skips dinner at West Point because he's anti-war

Giants could use wide receiver at safety against Vikings

Ryan Tannehill does not mince words regarding offense

Russell Wilson on playing Sunday against Jets: ‘No doubt’

Report: Tyson Fury failed drug test, will be stripped of title belts

Combing through the crowded 2016 MLB MVP races

The Blue Jays and the meaning of a late season freefall

CFB Crash Course: Week 5 - Less one Les

Box Score: 9/30 - Dolphins, Popovich and MLB umps

Seven most absurd stats heading into NFL Week 4

Antonio Brown to honor Arnold Palmer with custom cleats

The best and worst from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Players Jurgen Klinsmann may call up for USMNT friendlies

Byron Scott has no relationship with D’Angelo Russell

Steve Kerr favors shorter NBA preseason to limit back-to-backs

Flaws of MLB replay system exposed in Cardinals’ victory

NBA winners and losers: Gregg Popovich as a voice of reason

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Combing through the crowded 2016 MLB MVP races

The Blue Jays and the meaning of a late season freefall

CFB Crash Course: Week 5 - Less one Les

NBA winners and losers: Gregg Popovich as a voice of reason

WATCH: Will LSU have to sell its soul to find its next head coach?

The clubhouse leaders for MLB Rookies of the Year

Goodbye, Ted: 20 years of highs and lows at Turner Field

Forza Horizon 3 review: Going Top Gear

NFL Kickoff Week 4: Guess what? The NFL is dying again

WNBA semifinals preview: Will the rust show for Lynx, Sparks?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker