Greg Schiano trolls Tennessee fans in Rutgers introductory press conference
Greg Schiano is now the head coach at Rutgers … again. But the place where he almost became the head coach two years ago, Tennessee, came up during his Rutgers introductory press conference on Wednesday.
When Volunteers fans received word that Schiano was close to becoming the next head coach at Tennessee in Nov. 2017, there was a public revolt against the hiring. During this coaching search cycle, Rutgers fans actually did the opposite — voicing criticism for Rutgers once Schiano was ruled out as a candidate for the Scarlet Knights position.
Schiano weighed in on the two ironically opposite situations Wednesday.
“I think reflecting on it, just shows Jersey people are a little sharper,” he said according to the New York Post.
“They get it.”
Some of the revolt against Schiano landing the Tennessee job two years ago was because of his alleged tie to Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but a lot of the public outcry also just had to do with a dislike of him personally.
Schiano needs 11 more wins to become the winningest-coach in Rutgers history. He went 68-67 during 11 years with the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11, but Rutgers posted a 49-28 record in his final six seasons.
Since he left, Rutgers has gone 36-63 the last eight years, including 3-21 since the start of the 2018 season.
Schiano faces a more difficult challenge building Rutgers into a winner this time, though, as the Scarlet Knights have moved into the B1G since his departure. Rutgers now faces Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State every season.
The old Rutgers schedule where Schiano dominated a decade ago included just a handful of mildly successful Big East programs such as West Virginia and Pitt.