Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano returns to team with beefy new contract

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 12:03:14-05

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Greg Schiano is back as Rutgers football coach.

The university’s Board of Governors approved an agreement to bring back the former Scarlet Knights coach to lead the program, the same team he led from 2001 to 2011, before heading to the NFL.

Schiano, 53, nabbed an eight-year, $32 million deal, the school announced Tuesday.

The Wyckoff, New Jersey native went 68-67 at Rutgers during his first stint as head coach, and turned the Scarlet Knights into consistent winners after years of being one of the worst major college football programs in the country.

"Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family," said Schiano. "I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again."

Schiano took the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games in seven seasons, and coached the program to its first bowl win.

In 2012, Schiano became the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spending two seasons leading the team.

Schiano will be formally introduced at a press conference Wednesday.