Instant analysis: Rutgers brings back Greg Schiano to lead football program


Rutgers got embarrassed this season, showing a 2-10 record after losing to Penn State 27-6 Saturday night. Knowing that a much-needed change was in the works, Rutgers hired a familiar face.

Rutgers football has (re)hired their best football coach in program history, as they are bringing back Greg Schiano. During his time, he took Rutgers to six bowl games. These six playoff berths came during a run where six of his final seven years Rutgers reached a bowl game.

Schiano is coaching for the first time in college since his 2001-2011 run with Rutgers. After leaving Rutgers, he coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 20122013. He will be replacing interim coach Nunzio Campanile, who took over after Chris Ash got fired after four games.

Because of Schiano’s past success, Rutgers was able to eventually squeak into the Big 10. Since joining the power conference, the team has gone 7-45 against Big Ten teams. Schiano had a record of 68-67 during his Rutgers tenure while going 5-1 in bowl games.

The Big Ten is a tough conference and is one of the best in college football. Schiano won’t do anything crazy, meaning bring Rutgers into the college football playoff, but he will certainly help not make them a laughing stock any longer. At the minimum, bringing back Schiano will put fans in seats, and bring a nostalgic following back for the football team.

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