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Greg Schiano Skips Joe Paterno's Memorial To Work On Deal With Tampa Bay Bucs

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano may be leaving the Big East to take over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coaching job, and it sounds like he’s certainly eager to take it.

Schiano canceled his planned trip today to the funeral of Penn State coach Joe Paterno to negotiate with Tampa Bay.

Yikes. One would think that the Bucs might have been willing to be understanding about that.

Schiano was the defensive backfield coach at Penn State from 1991 to 2005. He has coached at Rutgers for the past 11 seasons. Some Penn State fans wanted Schiano to be the Nittany Lions’ next head coach.

Schiano is apparently close to completing his deal with the Bucs. Of course, Tampa Bay had previously been close to hiring Oregon’s Chip Kelly, but Kelly pulled out of negotiations to stay at Oregon, so Bucs fans know first-hand not to count their Ducks before they hatch. They’ll be waiting for an official announcement regarding Schiano.

For more on Schiano and the Tampa Bay Bucs, check out Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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