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Reports:Schiano 'safe,' with Bucs for 2014; Penn St. interested



Greg Schiano's job with the Bucs is 'safe,' for 2014 according to multiple media reports. But he is expected to receive interest from Penn State if their head coach, Bill O'Brien, jumps to the NFL as expected.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Schiano was 'safe' despite compiling a 4-11 record entering Sunday's season finale at New Orleans.

Howevere, Penn State is ready to “make a strong push” for Schiano if O’Brien accepts an NFL job,  according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. ESPN reported Saturday O'Brien is the top candidate for the Houston Texans head coaching job to replace fired coach Gary Kubiak.

Penn St. Athletic Director Dave Joyner plans to fly to Tampa next week to interview Schiano if O'Brien leaves as expected, according to Rapport.

Schiano, who was the head coach at Rutgers for 11 seasons, was an assistant with Penn St. under legendary coach Joe Paterno and was once seen as Paterno's eventual successor.

Schiano's job security came into question when the Bucs started 0-8 and wound up releasing quarterback Josh Freeman. But the Bucs won four out of their next five games behind rookie quarterback Mike Glennon before losing their last three games.

Even if Schiano remains in Tampa Bay, there are likely to be changes to his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is under fire after the Bucs fell from 9th to 32nd in total offense.

Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis, although not giving specifics, said he expected changes next year. "We do need to change some things this offseason as we move forward as players and as coaches and figure things out and try to turn the win-loss column to more wins,” Revis said.    



[Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 3:05pm]


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