Sunday, December 29, 2013

Greg Schiano Could Land in Penn State If O'Brien Leaves

It's likely that Penn State's Bill O'Brien will leave next year to the NFL, where he's been flirting this past week with the Houston Texans. NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora reports that the Texans search for a new head coach is still ongoing.

If O'Brien does leave for the NFL, the Nittany Lions will be looking for a new head coach for the second time in three years. The program is still prohibited to receive a bowl bid for the next two years due to the sexual assault scandal in 2011. According to Ian Rapopart of NFL Network, Penn State AD David Joyner is looking at the NFL for their replacement of Bill O'Brien. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is receiving interests from Joyner and Happy Vallley.

Rapoport also reported that Joyner is flying down to Tampa Bay to meet Schiano in person and make a push in the two-year head coach. Despite the reports, Schiano has expressed that he wants to stay in the NFL and denies the reports, but it's uncertain that he'll keep his job in Tampa Bay after finishing 7-9 in 2012 and losing more than 10 games this season.

"There's zero truth to that," Schiano said on CBSSports.com. "The only job I want is the one I have right now."

Prior to being the Buccaneers coach in 2012, Schiano was the head coach of Rutgers University from 2001-2011. He won five bowl games in his last 6 seasons, his last one being the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Other notable bowl victories include the Texas in 2006, International in 2007 and St. Petersburg in 2009. He composed a record of 68-67 in 11 seasons. Schiano was also a defensive coordinator at the University of Miami, an assistant for the Chicago Bears, and a graduate assistant and defensive back coach for Penn State before accepting the Rutgers job.

Along with Schiano, current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak has been in discussion for the next head coach at Penn State. He quickly denied the reports as well. Munchak has spent the last three seasons with the Titans, his best season was in 2011 where he finished 9-7 and second in the AFC South. He also spent 14 seasons as the offensive line coach for the Titans from 1997-2010 and an offensive assistant for the Houston Oilers from 1994-1996.

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