Just hours after various reports broke that current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach (and former Rutgers head coach) Greg Schiano could have interest in a potentially vacant head coaching job at Penn State, Schiano took matters into his own hands in disputing those claims.
Schiano said the following to ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinkas concerning the rumors:
“There’s zero truth to that. Let me make it clear, the only job I want is the one I have right now.’’
That is as clear as he could possibly be, but at the same time, we’ve seen numerous coaches pull this same routine just before exiting stage left. The Bucs are currently 4-11 on the year, and while Schiano had one foot out the door earlier in the season (after their disastrous start), things have been looking up a bit in Tampa as the team’s playing level has risen.
Still, Schiano is a coach who earned his stripes at the college level in building a program up in the Northeast, and the ties between him and a Penn State opening are obvious. It remains to be seen if Bill O’Brien will leave Penn State for the NFL (as many believe) or if Schiano will even have his NFL job next season, but for now, the rumor mill can slow down a bit.