NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Greg Schiano is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Rutgers officials about a possible return to the head coaching post he held for 11 seasons.
The news that the school may bringing back Schiano — who led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games over a seven-season span — comes at a time when the team that plays at Birthplace of College Football finds itself on life support.
It's been a difficult season for Rutgers fans, who haven't seen a bowl game since 2014. Head coach Chris Ash was fired in the wake of a 52-0 loss to Michigan. The Scarlet Knights are last in the Big Ten East. Their only two wins have been against Massachusetts and Liberty. They are getting ready to run a gantlet of formidable opponents: Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.
Rutgers fans are hoping Schiano can return the team to the glory years of 2005 through '11, when the Scarlet Knights went to six bowl games and compiled a 56-33 record.
As first reported by NJ Advance Media, Schiano's return is heralded by big-time donors and could come quickly as to coincide with the season-long 150th-anniversary celebration of the first collegiate football game between Rutgers and Princeton.
The school is planning several events Wednesday to commemorate the date, including the ringing of the bells at Old Queens at 2 p.m.
The Daily Targum reported Monday that the school had interviewed former University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones for head coaching position.
After leaving Rutgers, Schiano, 53, became the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons. He then spent three seasons as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator and then had a brief stint as a defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots. He stepped down from the position earlier this year.