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Bucs' coach recruiting efforts hit a snag

Published Jan. 29, 2012

Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik promised to get down to the business of building a coaching staff beginning on Friday afternoon and they've already hit their first roadblock.

New coach Greg Schiano hoped to bring in Cardinals receivers coach John McNulty as the Bucs' offensive coordinator, but the Cardinals have denied the interview request and will make McNulty honor his contract, the Arizona Republic reported.

Assistant coaches who are being requested for head-coach interviews cannot be barred from pursuing those opportunities. But the situation is different when a coach is being sought for a coordinator post or other assistant coach roles. The team has the option to deny the request in such cases if the coach is under contract.

McNulty has an extensive history with Schiano. He was a member of his Rutgers staff for five seasons. This would have been the biggest opportunity of his career thus far, but it seems it will have to wait.

The Cardinals aren't alone in preventing assistants from pursuing other jobs. Under former general manager Bruce Allen, the Bucs commonly rejected interview requests of assistant coaches.