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According to reports from College Football Talk's Ben Kercheval, new Rutgers Scarlet Knights football head coach Kyle Flood is pursuing two new coaches for his staff, both of whom would be coming from Boston College if they accept the job. The first is BC tight ends coach and interm offensive coordinator Dave Brock, who, if the reports are correct, would be taking over the Rutgers offensive coordinator position.
The Newark Star-Ledger writes that Rutgers is looking at acting Boston College offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Dave Brock to replace Cignetti. Brock, as you may recall, took over the OC job for Boston College when Kevin Rogers took a leave of absence for health reasons last year. Brock was previously the OC for Kansas State where he coach Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson.
The other coach from Boston College that has been linked to a possible job at Rutgers is running backs coach Ben Sirmans, who would be leaving BC to take the same job with Rutgers.
According to the report, the Scarlet Knights have also been linked to Ron Spence, who would serve as the team's quarterback coach.
Additionally, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Bethune-Cookman offensive coordinator Ron Spence will join Rutgers as the new quarterbacks coach.
If these reports are true, Brock, Sirmans and Spence would join Dave Cohen, the new linebackers coach, and Damian Wroblewski, the new offensive line coach, on the new Rutgers coaching staff.
For more on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the coaching search, check out On The Banks.
From the Rutgers website, here are a few thoughts on Flood from former Rutgers players:
Anthony Davis, San Francisco 49ers starting right tackle and the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft (Rutgers 2007-09)
“Coach Flood is the right guy for the job. The kids that get to play for him are lucky and their parents should be comfortable knowing that their kids are not only in a great program, but also with a great coach. More importantly, Coach Flood is a great father figure and a great man!”
Kevin Haslam, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman (Rutgers 2005-09)
“I think Coach Flood will do a great job as head coach of the program. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had in the game of football. The first thing he said every year to us was ‘Football is about the details’ and that’s what I learned most from Coach Flood and I still use that every day. He is extremely competitive and wants the best out of everyone.”
The Rutgers football program has been going through a very tumultuous time since former head coach Greg Schiano left for the NFL last Thursday. On Monday, former Scarlet Knights, now New England Patriots corner back, Devin McCourty addressed the departure of Schiano and the future of the program.
"It is kind of bittersweet," said McCourty, who was a part of the famous recruiting Class of 2005 and was selected 27th overall by the Patriots in the '09 NFL Draft. "He is a big part of my development as a player, and as a person. But, you have to be happy for him. I don't know any coach in that profession that doesn't dream about being a head coach at the highest level of football. To get that opportunity, I think that's great for him.
"But, as a proud alum, seeing him go after the job he has done there at Rutgers. People said we were probably one of the worst programs in college football and then to build it up to what it is today. But, I am sure they will find a replacement and he will do a good job too."
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have found a new head coach, according to a report (via NJ.com). The school turned to interim head coach Kyle Flood today after a deal could not be reached with FIU head coach Mario Cristobal.
Flood has coached the offensive line at Rutgers since 2005 but was promoted to interim head coach after Greg Schiano left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.
The Rutgers Board of Governors has a conference call scheduled for noon Tuesday, according to a person informed of the university's intentions, at which time Flood is expected to be approved as the new coach.
This will be Flood's first head coaching job. The certainty of having a coach who was on Schiano's staff lead the way appears to have already made a positive impact on recruiting. Two prized linemen told Scout.com that they will sign with Rutgers after hearing about the Flood hire (via Sam Hellman's Twitter).
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights coaching search will apparently continue. A report earlier today stated that Rutgers was in negotiations with Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal to replace Greg Schiano, who left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, Pete Thamel of the New York Times is saying that Cristobal will not be the Rutgers coach.
Source: Cristobal staying at FIU. He will not be the next Rutgers coach.— Pete Thamel(@PeteThamelNYT) January 30, 2012
The reason that Cristobal was not hired, according to Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports was that the negotiations failed
Rutgers & Mario Cristobal couldn't reach agreement on contract terms & $s. Interim coach Kyle Flood likely beneficiary— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) January 30, 2012
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti thought it was "doable" to have a new head coach in place by college football's national signing day (Feb. 1) which would allow the Scarlet Knights to try and salvage the impressive recruiting class Schiano had put together before his departure.
Thamel also indicated that Rutgers might turn next to interim head coach Kyle Flood and former Rutgers assistant John McNulty, who now coaches for the Arizona Cardinals (via Twitter).
Mario Cristobal will become the next head coach of Rutgers football, the New Jersey Press Media reports and the Star-Ledger's Steve Politi confirmed via Twitter. Cristobal, Florida International University's head coach since 2007, reportedly met with Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti Sunday and is currently in negotiations for a contract. Cristobal beat out current Rutgers interim head coach Kyle Flood, who interviewed for the job Saturday.
Cristobal, 41, was an assistant coach ('01-03) under former head coach Greg Schiano, who left Rutgers last Thursday to become the head coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the past five seasons, Cristobal has tried to rebuild a FIU program that went 0-12 before he got there and did an excellent job. After going 1-11 in his first year, Cristobal led the Golden Panthers to back-to-back bowl bids, including a victory in the Little Caesars Bowl in 2010.
Now, the question is, will Rutgers retain Flood, who last season served as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach, and the rest of the Scarlet Knights coaching staff that has helped bring in a recruiting class currently ranked No. 45 by Scout.com?
The coaching staff also includes offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, who was also in the running for the head coaching job.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights interviewed interim head coach Kyle Flood for the full time job Saturday. Flood is among the reported finalists to replace Greg Schiano for the job. Today it appears that one of the finalists, Temple Owls head coach Steve Addazio, is out of the running.
Addazio is reportedly staying at Temple.
"He's not going to Rutgers," said one source with inside knowledge. (via Philly.com)
Multiple sources have reported that the initial list of finalists consisted of Addazio, Flood, Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, FIU head coach Mario Cristobal and New York Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said that having a new head coach in place by college football's national signing day (Feb. 1) was "doable."
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program and athletic director Tim Pernetti's search for a new head coach is quickly shaping into form according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. On Saturday, Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger listed five coaching candidates that are being considered for job:
"Of the coaches in consideration right now, Temple coach Steve Addazio, current interim coach Kyle Flood — who interviewed today — and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti fit that description. Florida International coach Mario Cristobal was a Rutgers assistant from 2001-03 but has spent the majority of his coaching career in Florida."
Vorkunov wrote that all of these candidate have strong ties Northeast football ties that will be key on, hopefully, keeping recruits who have made verbal commitments to Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights are trying desperately to hang on to verbal commitments three-star wide receiver Leonte Carroo and four-star defensive end Darius Hamilton, who a each from the New Jersey area.
Rutgers may not end up having to look too far to replace the recently-departed Greg Schiano, as interim head coach Kyle Flood has been interviewed for the full-time head coaching job, according to a report from ESPN New York.
Flood, who has spent the past seven seasons as the Rutgers offensive line coach, has never been a head coach before, but feels confident that he's prepared, "I've been working 19 years for this," Flood said. "Either John Wooden or Bill Walsh said you're never ready for your first head coaching job, but I'm as ready as I'll ever be."
He also indicated that the entirety of Rutgers 17-member recruiting class is intact despite Schiano leaving, a positive sign as national signing day creeps closer (February 1st).
Athletic director Tim Pernetti did not rule out the possibility of a permanent head coach being hired before national signing day.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights hold Temple Owls head football coach Steve Addazio in high regard as a possible replacement for the departed Greg Schiano, according to ScarletReport.com, an affiliate of Scout.com.
The website reports that Addazio is scheduled to meet with school officials on Friday.
A Temple spokesperson denied the report to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“He has been with a recruit from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and now he’s in his office,” the spokesperson said.
Addazio was not made available to comment when the Inquirer asked for an interview. The school spokesperson said Addazio declined the request and the school does not respond to rumors.
Addazio was 9-4 in his first season coaching the Owls after serving for two years as Florida’s offensive coordinator.
Newly-hired Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano was introduced at a press conference on Friday, during which he said there was only one drawback to taking an NFL job: leaving Rutgers in his rear view mirror.
Schiano said he would continue to root for Rutgers from afar, but he will now strive to win Super Bowls rather than Big East championships. He said he would be involved in all three areas of the game -- offense, defense and special teams -- and would use a "CEO" approach, spreading responsibility among his coaching staff, but also assume a hands-on relationship with his players.
Schiano mentioned that he, Mark Dominik and the Glazer family, the team's owners, would collaborate to make decisions on the team's football club. The former Rutgers coach also noted that the adjustment to NFL life would not be as difficult as some might imagine, since Schiano's daily schedule for the Rutgers team was based on his time spent in the late 1990s with the Chicago Bears.
Franchise co-chairman Joel Glazer said the team is excited to begin a "new chapter" and that Schiano has a vision for what he wants to accomplish and how he wants to accomplish it.
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In a column on SportsIllustrated.com, Rosenberg writes that Tampa Bay adding Schiano was "the most baffling NFL coaching hire" he can remember, citing Schiano's "lousy" game coaching and 8-13 Big East record during the past three seasons. He claims Schiano will struggle to match wits with opposing NFL coaches, and to motivate NFL players who "know bad coaching when they receive it."
I suppose there is an outside chance Schiano can win by delegating -- hire an offensive whiz, a defensive mastermind, and do the motivating himself. But I doubt he'll try that. Football coaches who pride themselves on organization don't like to delegate, and they really don't like to delegate when they get the biggest opportunity of their lives.
If Schiano bombs, the Bucs will have no excuse, because they are thinking so far outside the box here that they can't even see the box. ...
Greg Schiano? He isn't qualified for this. The things he did well at Rutgers -- getting the community to believe, recruiting, taking academics seriously -- don't matter in the NFL. I love when unconventional moves work in the NFL, but this is beyond unconventional. I don't know how you win the NFC South with a guy who had 11 years to win the Big East and never did.
Coach Greg Schiano was Rutgers' head coach for 12 seasons and is responsible for putting the school on the map. During Schiano's tenure Rutgers have been to six bowl games, won five and produced NFL-quality talent like Ray Rice and Kenny Britt. Schiano has now left to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and National Signing Day a little more than a week away, the Scarlet Knights are already lining up candidates to replace Schiano.
According to Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger, here are five guys who appear to be on Rutgers' radar: Steve Addazio, Mario Cristobal, Pat Flaherty, James Franklin and Bobby Diaco. Addazio is the head coach of Temple, Cristobal is Florida International's head coach, Flaherty is the New York Giants' offensive line coach, Franklin is the head coach at Vanderbilt and Diaco is Notre Dame's defensive coordinator.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti held a press conference today to discuss the head coaching situation as Greg Schiano has left to take the job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Offensive line coach Kyle Flood has been named the interim coach.
Pernetti fielded questions from the assembled reporters about saving the impressive incoming recruiting class Schiano had put together and finding a new head coach.
Pernetti said that finding a new head coach by college football's national signing day (Feb. 1) was "doable." He also said that "it's a very quick turnaround and obviously it requires a lot of moving parts, but I think it's very achievable."
Pernetti said Schiano informed him about what was going on every step of the way. Pernetti said he "absolutely" tried to talk Schiano out of taking the Tampa Bay job.
When asked about what the school will tell recruits who just heard about Schiano leaving today, Pernetti said that Rutgers is"the same program that it was two days ago."
The values of the school will not change no matter who the new hire is, Pernetti went on to say.
When asked about the legacy of Schiano at Rutgers, Pernetti said it was the "culture change that people said could never get done here was probably Greg's greatest accomplishment."
Pernetti also said about Rutgers football before Schiano arrived "I think this was the worst program in college football 11 years ago."
Pernetti deflected most questions relating to things Schiano has been purported to have said about taking the Tampa Bay job. However, Pernetti did touch on the stability of the Big East Conference saying that "anybody who tells you conference membership is not an issue is lying to you."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and new head coach Greg Schiano official agreed to terms on a five-year deal Thursday, and SI.com gave the move a letter-grade of D. With all seven of the 2012 NFL head coaching vacancies filled, the website graded them and Schiano's hiring received the worst evolution.
"The thing about Schiano (one that supporters of this move are citing already) is that he ran a very NFL-style system at Rutgers. That professional approach helped turn a dormant program into a moderate success — Rutgers had six winning seasons in the past seven years and currently holds a five-game bowl win streak."
Read more about what SI.com had to say here.
Just a few weeks ago, SI.com's Peter King said on The Dan Patrick radio show that he thinks that Schiano would make a decent NFL head coach.
"If you asked (New England Patriots head coach) Bill Belichick right now, and I know because I've seen Schiano at Patriots training camp a couple of times," said King. "Bill has tremendous regard for Greg Schiano and I think he believes that Schiano will be an excellent NFL coach someday."
"And, everybody says, 'Geez? Rutgers? What is that?'," continued King. "I lived in New Jersey at the time of their sorta Renaissance a few years ago. You know how hard it is to get where Greg Schiano got them to be at Rutgers? Do you know what Rutgers was? Rutgers was the '76 (Tampa Bay) Buccaneers for years and for Schiano to get them competitive in college football is a tremendous accomplishment."
With Greg Schiano out of the picture the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program is trying to fill holes as quickly as possible, and did so Thursday by promoting offensive line coach and assistant head coach Kyle Flood to interim head coach, tweeted Jason Baum who's Associate Athletic Director for Communications at Rutgers University. The announcement was made after a players meeting at 3 p.m.
The promotion of Flood, who has been with the program for seven seasons, at least brings a bit of stability, which is very much needed as National Signing Day, Feb. 1, is just a few days away and many verbal commitments are starting to waiver.
According to the Rutgers Athletics website, Flood has also served as assistant coach for four years.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday after reports that Greg Schiano has left the Scarlet Knights football program to become Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, the school announced.
The press conference will be streamed on RVision on the school's athletic home page, and two players will speak.
Schiano officially signed a five-year deal to succeed Raheem Morris on the Tampa Bay sideline. His hiring was seen as a surprise, but the Buccaneers reportedly had two separate meetings with Schiano and kept him in sights throughout the entire coaching search.
The Rutgers program is left with a number of questions, among them how this will impact recruiting (national signing day is less than a week away) and who will succeed Schiano.
In a surprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ended their head coaching search and hired Greg Schiano. SB Nation New York reflects on Schiano's accomplishments during his time with the Rutgers football program and asks the question: what's next?
Quickly, Greg Schiano has become the former head football coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Schiano was a surprise hire by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, and has officially signed a five-year deal to succeed Raheem Morris, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter reports that Schiano and the Buccaneers brass met secretly twice, the second time being Wednesday night, and that Schiano was on Tampa Bay's radar throughout the head coach search. The Buccaneers also reportedly reached out to many NFL people for more information, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke quite highly of Schiano.
Tampa Bay had been close to a deal with Chip Kelly, but at the 11th hour Kelly decided to maintain his position as leader of the Oregon Ducks.
A meeting has been called by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and will take place at 2 p.m., perhaps giving credence to a CBS Sports report that Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano has accepted an offer to become the next Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach.
Another report, from NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, said the Buccaneers have begun the process of telling other candidates they have selected Schiano and Schiano is in line to accept the offer, but the deal is not yet official.
Schiano's reported appointment as the successor to Raheem Morris comes as a surprise. His name was not mentioned as a potential candidate throughout the whole interview process, as names such as Mike Sherman, Rob Chudzinski and Chip Kelly -- who actually accepted the job briefly before changing his mind to return to Oregon -- were noted in the press.
It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have moved one step closer to filling their vacant head coaching postion, as ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that they are working to finalize a deal with Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.
Schiano's name recently emerged as a candidate, and the Bucs appear to have turned their attention to the former Chicago Bears assistant after an attempt to hire University of Oregon's Chip Kelly fell through during the 11th hour.
Schiano took over at Rutgers in December of 2000, and has been lauded for turning the program into a Big East contender. In his first two seasons on the job, Schiano won just three games, but has since guided to the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games, winning five of them.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL might be looking to fill their head-coaching vacancy with a candidate located in Piscataway, N.J. According to NFL Network's insider Jason La Canfora, Rutgers Scarlet Knights head football coach Greg Schiano is under consideration for the Bucs' job. Schiano along with former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman and Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski are also possible targets to fill the vacancy, reports La Canfora.
It was about two weeks ago, that SI.com's Peter King said that Schiano would be a great canidate for an NFL head coaching job, citing that he has close ties with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
"Bill has tremendous regard for Greg Schiano and I think he believes that Schiano will be an excellent NFL coach someday," said King in a radio interview with The Dan Patrick Show, Jan. 12.
Despite the rumors of Schiano making the leap to the NFL, the Rutgers headman did make it clear to The Star-Ledger, Jan. 14, that he has no intention of joining the professional football rankings.
"Of course, if Schiano changes his mind about that," writes Pro Football Talk's Michael David, "he would hardly be the first coach to do so. And owners who are willing to offer $6 million a year can be good about changing coaches’ minds."
The Bucs are currently the only NFL team with out a head coach.
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