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Could Greg Schiano be Purdue's next football coach?

Former Bucs coach Greg Schiano's name is being mentioned as a potential candidate to become the next head coach at Purdue.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Former Bucs coach Greg Schiano's name is being mentioned as a potential candidate to become the next head coach at Purdue.

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The college football coaching carousel continued to turn Sunday when Purdue fired Darrell Hazell after a 9-33 record in his tenure.

It matters in Tampa Bay for two reasons:

The first is recruiting. The Boilermakers do a little recruiting locally and have a 2017 oral commitment from quarterback Griffin Alstott (the son of former Boilers/Bucs star Mike Alstott). A change at the top means a change in philosophy, which will include recruiting and affect local high school talent.

The more interesting reason? Greg Schiano.

The former Bucs head coach was reportedly interested in the UCF and Miami jobs last year before becoming the defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Leading a defense ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring and yards per play will only boost his stock. It won't hurt, too, that he'll be another year removed from his 11-21 tenure with the Bucs.

Schiano is a potential candidate for the Purdue job, according to Fox Sports and USA Today. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2016 10:13am]

    

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