Rutgers officials, Schiano meet about coaching job
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Former Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano met with university officials on Tuesday about returning to the job, and he apparently set conditions the school must meet before he takes the post.
NJ.com reported that while the exact demands aren't known, they are believed to include substantial improvements to football facilities to bring them in line with those at other Big Ten campuses. That could include a promise of construction of an indoor practice facility.
Schiano also likely would earn an unprecedented salary for Rutgers, equal at least with the seven-year, $33.25 million contract given this week to Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck.
Despite the obstacles, there is university and community sentiment to bring back the 53-year-old Schiano, a New Jersey native who coached the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11.
In his final seven seasons at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights appeared in six bowl games, winning five.
Schiano left Rutgers to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was fired after two seasons. He later became the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Ohio State, and earlier this year joined Bill Belichick's staff with the New England Patriots. He resigned after less than two months to "spend more time on my faith and family."
Former Cincinnati and Tennessee coach Butch Jones interviewed for the position last week. Jones, who was a graduate assistant at Rutgers from 1990-92, has an 84-54 record in 11 seasons as a head coach.
Rutgers is searching for a replacement for Chris Ash, who was fired in late September. Ash was 8-32 in three-plus seasons, with his best season being 4-8 in 2017.