Greg Schiano may leave Ohio State, but it probably won’t be for a college head coaching job.
Greg Schiano went through the wringer earlier this year, when fan outcry effectively sabotaged his deal to become the head coach of Tennessee football. After that, it looked like Schiano was destined to stay at Ohio State as defensive coordinator for at least one more season.
However, there may be a chance that the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach could jump back to the pros.
Bruce Feldman reports that NFL folks are very interesting in bringing Greg Schiano on as defensive coordinator.
Hearing there’s a lot of interest around the NFL in #OhioState DC Greg Schiano for some defensive coordinator jobs. He is very well-regarded by a lot of folks up there.
It is unclear where Schiano could hypothetically land. The Cardinals, Colts, Giants, and Lions are all still looking to fill head coaching vacancies, and there are other new head coaches with defensive coordinator spots to potentially fill, including the Bears. A jump back to the NFL could also make sense for Schiano, who may have trouble with other college openings after the Tennessee fiasco, which (fairly or unfairly) connected him back to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.
Greg Schiano through his career
Greg Schiano through his career
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Coach Greg Schiano in the stands of Rutgers Stadium where he is preparing to tackle the 2001 season. It is his first year as head coach of the Scarlett Knights. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights on the sideline during a game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on October 21, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rutgers defeated Pittsburgh 20-10. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Greg Schiano, Rutgers University's new football coach, puts his Scarlet Knights through their paces at a morning practice session in Piscataway, N.J. (Photo by Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 9: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights stands on the sideline against of the University of Louisville Cardinals on November 9, 2006 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Louisville 28-25. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on against the Louisville Cardinals tries to make the tackle at Rutgers Stadium on November 9, 2006 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Louisville 28 to 25. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights hugs two of his children after the game with the Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl on December 28, 2006 at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas. Rutgers won 37-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
TORONTO - JANUARY 5: Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates his teams victory over the Ball State Cardinals during the International Bowl at the Rogers Centre January 5, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Greg Schiano and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrate their 38-0 victory over the Morgan State Bears at Rutgers Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Jarrett Baker/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on from the sideline during a Big East Conference college football game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on October 25, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rutgers defeated the Pitt Panthers 54-34. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media at an introduction press conference at the team training facility January 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 10: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers smiles as his team warms up just prior to the start of the NFL Preseason Game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with Josh Freeman #5 and Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on September 16, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tampa Bay won 27-21 in overtime. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Bill Belichick of the New England shakes hands with Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their end of their game at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for answers on a call from head linesman Tony Veteri at Ford Field on November 24, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 27-6. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches action during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 48-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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If Schiano does leave, Ohio State is still in pretty good shape. The Buckeyes just poached defensive coordinator Alex Grinch from Washington State, and retains another co-defensive coordinator in Kerry Coombs.