Greg Schiano will return to Piscataway.
Early Sunday morning, Keith Sargent of NJ.com reported that Rutgers and Schiano have come to an agreement, making Schiano the head coach of the Scarlet Knights. The announcement comes at the end of the same in which it was presumed that athletic director Pat Hobbs was searching for new candidates to fill the vacancy.
Schiano had initially turned down an 8-year, $32 million deal to return to Rutgers, according to reports. When Schiano walked away, Hobbs and the Rutgers Athletic Department came under harsh scrutiny from fans, boosters, students and social media for not making an attempt to meet Schiano’s demands. But both sides returned to the table and were able to come to a deal.
It’s unknown what the details of the contract are at this moment.
Schiano, 53, was the head coach at Rutgers from 2001-11, building a strong, competitive program during that time. He was 68-67 in 11 seasons with the Scarlet Knights, and guided his teams to six bowl games during his time. Schiano left Rutgers to become the head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Most recently, Schiano was the defensive coordinator at Ohio State under Urban Meyer from 2016-18.
Rutgers concluded its 2019 season on Saturday with a 27-6 loss to Penn State. The Scarlet Knights ended the year with a 2-10 record and were winless in B1G play for a second-straight season.