Greg Schiano was fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a season in which the team lost its first eight games and cut quarterback Josh Freeman four years after making him a first-round draft pick.
The Buccaneers had an 11-21 record in two seasons under Schiano, who had been hired by Tampa Bay in January 2012 after overhauling Rutgers University’s football program during his 11-year tenure at the New Jersey school.
Tampa Bay went 7-9 in Schiano’s National Football League coaching debut in 2012, yet regressed to 4-12 this season after adding Pro Bowl selections such as defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. The Buccaneers started 0-8, leading the team to bench Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon and later cut the former first-round pick who had started 60 games.
The Buccaneers have also been undisciplined -- with the third-most penalties and penalty yardage in the NFL this season -- and have the league’s fourth-lowest attendance.
With his NFL status in question, Schiano had inquired through intermediaries about the coaching job at Penn State, the Patriot-News of Central Pennsylvania reported last week. Schiano spent six years as an assistant at Penn State from 1990 through 1995.
“The job I have is the job I want,” Schiano said after the Buccaneers’ season-ending loss against New Orleans.
Tampa Bay hasn’t made the NFL playoffs for the past six seasons and hasn’t won a postseason game since capturing the Super Bowl title after the 2002 season.
The team announced the firing in an e-mailed statement.
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