Penn State is being prepared.
Per Ian Rapoport on the NFL Network's GameDay show, Penn State is prepared to pursue Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano if current coach Bill O'Brien leaves for the NFL.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2013
Penn St. AD Dave Joyner is mulling flying down to Tampa soon to make a push for Schiano in person. Schiano has said he wants to stay in NFL — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2013
On Saturday, ESPN reported that O'Brien was the favorite for the Houston Texans coaching vacancy. If a deal with the Texans doesn't materialize, O'Brien will likely be a candidate at any other organization that makes changes following the conclusion of the season.
Schiano has struggled in two years as Tampa Bay's coach and his departure would likely be welcomed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. Schiano is 11-20 through his almost two complete seasons in Florida and his tenure has been marked with the saga involving now-Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman and a mini-kerfluffle last season with the New York Giants after a kneeldown play.
PennLive.com earlier reported that Schiano had reached out towards Penn State about a possible vacancy.
When he was at Rutgers, Schiano went from 1-11 in 2002 to 10-2 in 2006, turning around a moribund football program that will now be part of the Big Ten in 2014. The Scarlet Knights went to bowls in six of his last seven seasons with the team and he left the school with a career record of 68-67.
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