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Report: Penn State preparing to lose Bill O’Brien, going all in for Schiano

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Penn State could be preparing for a Plan B just in case they end up losing Bill O’Brien to an NFL job. With the buzz suggesting O’Brien could be getting a deal with the Houston Texans lined up, it is being reported Penn State is already preparing to make a push for Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.

Ian Rappaport of NFL.com reports Penn State AD David Joyner is considering to make a flight down to Tampa to talk with the coach once believed to be the most likely successor to Joe Paterno.

Schiano returning to college would make some sense after things have not gone to plan in the NFL. Schiano was a fine coach at Rutgers as well, pretty much building a winning program out of nowhere with strong recruiting in New Jersey and the surrounding regions. He has all of the assets that would help Penn State if the job becomes available to him. Schiano may also be looking for a new job within the next 24 hours. With the final week of the NFL Season on tap Sunday, some coaches could be receiving pink slips as early as today or tomorrow. With Tampa Bay struggling through the 2013 season, Schiano’s job security could very well be fragile.

The shine of Schiano may have dulled in the last couple of years though after the way some of his roster management decisions played out in Tampa, but there is precedent for coaches who fizzled in the NFL returning to the college game to enjoy some level of success. Is Schiano destined to be Penn State’s answer to Pete Carroll or Nick Saban?

Well, one step at a time.

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15 Responses to “Report: Penn State preparing to lose Bill O’Brien, going all in for Schiano”
  1. eatitfanboy says: Dec 29, 2013 10:52 AM

    9 thumbs up and 36 thumbs down when I predicted this exact thing on the O’brien post yesterday.

    Schiano would leave TB to coach PSU even if he were having success there with the Bucs. It’s been his dream job all along.

  2. basebuck says: Dec 29, 2013 11:04 AM

    Unless they fire schanio , he stays in the pros!

  3. jg8771 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    Is there a “reporter” out there with less credibility than Ian Rapport? I’m sure Penn State will go “all in” for Greg Schiano the day after Ben Roethlisberger asks for that trade.

  4. dhlions says: Dec 29, 2013 11:28 AM

    This might be the epitome of speculation. Just compare the title to the first sentence. “Could.”

  5. blitz4848 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:22 PM

    Don’t know or really care what plays out at Penn State! What I do know is today will be the last game Schiano coaches in TB!

    Don’t see anyone rushing to hire him in the NFL as a HC so my “guess” is he would take the Penn State $$$ and coach on. He may “want” to coach in the NFL but we don’t always get what we want…………

  6. dutchman1350 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:33 PM

    This all sounds fishy….

    Report O’Brien to NFL, recruit says O’Brien said he was staying, AD preparing interviews.

    Sounds like O’Brien and AD have issues and each is seeking leverage.

  7. cheapglazers says: Dec 29, 2013 1:14 PM

    Wow and I used to like Penn State. Can’t stand that low life Schiano!

  8. mogogo1 says: Dec 29, 2013 1:30 PM

    Not really seeing Schiano as being a great fit at PSU. Rebuilding their image would go much faster with a coach that was at least semi-likable. And his success at Rutgers was short-lived despite playing so-so opponents. Does anybody really see him winning big at Penn State?

  9. jimbo75025 says: Dec 29, 2013 2:11 PM

    mogogo1 says: Dec 29, 2013 1:30 PM

    Not really seeing Schiano as being a great fit at PSU. Rebuilding their image would go much faster with a coach that was at least semi-likable.
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    Maybe something to that. With Schiano, Urban Meyer, and Edsall all in the same division next year gonna be easy to root for the Big 10 to lose.

  10. BrownsTown says: Dec 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    Second year in a row that a crybaby B1G coach runs off to another gig because Urban Meyer hurt their feelings. I guess O’Brien won’t make good on his promise not to forget his spanking.

  11. tigersfandan says: Dec 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    @ BrownsTown

    I highly doubt that Bill O’Brien’s NFL interest has anything to do with Urban Meyer.

  12. willjasper says: Dec 29, 2013 5:20 PM

    Nothing like pouring salt in an old wound.

    Schiano worked for Jerry Sandusky as the DB coach. The first question asked: “Did you know Jerry was touching little boys?”

    I can’t believe Penn State would consider hiring anyone that has any type of ties to Sandusky.

  13. musketmaniac says: Dec 29, 2013 5:43 PM

    lol wrong Rutgers ex coach, Rutgers had a basketball coach who had a thing with practicing naked. that feels more like psu speed.

  14. ningenito78 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    Schiano is a ‘low life’? Why? Because he didn’t win with a bottom of the barrel NFL franchise that only has had a small amount of success in its history? Or was it because when he coached Rutgers he took then from the worst division 1 team in the country to a team getting into the national rankings and putting guys like Ray Rice, McCourtey twins, Anthony Davis, etc into the NFL all while keeping a top 10 graduation rate? Maybe Eric LeGrand would agree with you. Yeah. Real low life. The Tampa Bay Bucs are a joke.

  15. chinahand11 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:07 AM

    Willjasper and Mogogo are right IMHO; PSU won’t hire someone so close to Sandusky and a screamer isn’t going to fit there right now.

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