Greg Schiano, the new Bucs coach, leaves Rutgers in better shape than when he was hired in 2000, and the school is working to keep its recruiting class and find its next coach.
The New Jersey native had six winning seasons in the past seven years and guided the Scarlet Knights to a 5-1 record in bowl games. Rutgers is coming off a 9-4 season and has most of its key players back.
"This program is not a rebuild," athletic director Tim Pernetti said. "This program is priced to move in every way."
Pernetti said he will reach out to recruits. He could not guarantee a coach would be hired by signing day Wednesday but thought it was doable.
Multiple reports surfaced that Temple coach Steve Addazio, a former Gators offensive coordinator, is one of the contenders. Pernetti spoke with Addazio but has yet to meet with him, the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reported. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., said Pernetti had not asked permission from Temple to speak with Addazio as of late Friday.
Addazio was mentioned as a candidate for the Illinois job after Ron Zook was fired in November. He was not interested.
Another name to surface at Rutgers is Florida International coach Mario Cristobal.
Assistant head coach and offensive line coach Kyle Flood has been promoted to interim coach. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti seems a likely candidate for the permanent job if Pernetti hires from within.
EX-GEORGIA COACH ACCUSED IN SCAM: Former NFL player Kendrell Bell accused ex-Georgia coach Jim Donnan of duping him out of $2 million. Donnan convinced Bell to invest money in GLC Limited, a liquidation company that would buy appliances and furniture for resale, say documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court by Bell's lawyers. Donnan was the front man for a scam, Bell's attorneys say. Donnan has filed for bankruptcy protection, and Bell has filed a claim to recover his money. Donnan's lawyer Ed Tolley has said the ex-coach was not involved in a scheme.
YALE QB'S RHODES FLAP: The Yale quarterback who made headlines when he said he had to choose between interviewing for a Rhodes Scholarship or playing in the Yale-Harvard game is rebutting a report that a sexual misconduct allegation had already derailed his chance for the honor.
A spokesman for Patrick Witt said the allegation, which an acquaintance informally reported to Yale, came to Witt's attention only after he had been publicly quoted as saying he'd play in the Nov. 19 game even if the overlapping Rhodes interview could not be rescheduled.
Mark Magazu's statements on Witt's behalf came after the New York Times reported that the Rhodes Trust suspended Witt's candidacy upon learning of the accusation. Magazu said informal discussions about the allegation, made by an off-and-on girlfriend, were closed by the school and Witt remains in good standing.
KANSAS: Quarterback Brock Berglund was granted a release from his scholarship, and the freshman can contact schools about transferring. Coach Charlie Weis said Berglund was dismissed after he failed to show up for a mandatory team meeting.
PITT: Former NFL and Penn State receiver Bobby Engram joined Paul Chryst's staff as receivers coach.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier fired assistant Jeep Hunter, saying he need a more experienced defensive backs coach. The Gamecocks have lost four assistants from last year's team that set a school record with 11 wins.
WISCONSIN: Coach Bret Bielema's contract was extended through the end of the 2016 season.