Greg Schiano new head coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12:12 AM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano reacts after winning the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Rutgers' Greg Schiano to become the team's next coach.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed the five-year contract Thursday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Read: Press release announcing Greg Schiano as new Bucs coach (PDF)

ESPN first reported the Bucs had hired Schiano.

The 45-year-old Schiano had been with the Scarlet Knights for 11 seasons, taking them from college football laughingstock to a program that has had winning records in six of the last seven years. He was an assistant coach in the NFL with Chicago from 1996-98.

The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Jan. 2 after a 4-12 finish that included 10 straight losses to end the season.

Schiano will arrive in Tampa on Friday, and an official news conference will follow at One Buc Place.

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Associated Press

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