The rumor mill surrounding Penn State football and head coach Bill O’Brien has been swirling in several different directions over the past week. While O’Brien is still the head man of the Nittany Lions, that hasn’t stopped others from speculating who could replace him if he were to decide to jump ship for an NFL gig. Greg Schiano, current head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, stated on Tuesday that he has no interest in a possible opening at Penn State.
According the Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings, Schiano expressed “zero” interest in any job expect the one he has.
Schiano is in his second season as head coach of the Buccaneers, and has not been the most popular person over the course of the season. With a talented roster, especially on defense, Tampa has struggled this season, putting up a poor record of 4-11 with one game remaining. Schiano has been criticized by some for his tactics, particularly his treatment of former starting quarterback Josh Freeman, who was ultimately released from the team during the season.
In a report that came out on Monday, Schiano was listed along with Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, as coaches whose representatives contacted Penn State about a possible opening. Of those names, Munchak may make the most sense due to him having been a successful player for the Nittany Lions.
Hearing Schiano’s name linked with Penn State is not surprising, as he was expected by some to be the frontrunner to take over for former coach Joe Paterno before the Jerry Sandusky situation surfaced. It’s hard to predict what will happen, but if the job opens up, Schiano’s name is sure to be on the list of potential replacements.
Of course, the rumors are going to continue until O’Brien or the university makes an official statement. However, as of now, O’Brien is the head coach of the Nittany Lions and is already preparing for next season.
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