Greg Schiano may not be back at Ohio State next season. Reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer indicate that the Buckeyes’ associate head coach and defensive coordinator has expressed interest in the recently vacated Temple head coaching job. Former head coach Geoff Collins left the Owls on Friday to take the head coaching job at Georgia Tech.
According to sources from the Inquirer, Schiano, Alabama co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis and former Cincinnati and Tennessee head coach, and current analyst for the Crimson Tide, Butch Jones have expressed interest in the position.
Schiano is finishing up his third season with Ohio State. He was hired to replace Chris Ash as defensive coordinator in 2016 after Ash took the head coaching job at Rutgers. In his first season running the Buckeye defense, Schiano led the Silver Bullets to the country’s sixth-best total defense, allowing 291.6 yards per game as Ohio State made the College Football Playoff before the Buckeyes lost to Clemson in the semifinal. In 2017, Schiano’s defense was again successful, finishing as the nation’s ninth-best defense, conceding 300.9 yards per game, helping the Scarlet and Gray win the Big Ten.
With one game left to play in the 2018 season, the Ohio State defense is one of the worst in recent memory. The Buckeyes rank 67th in the country, allowing 400.3 yards per game through 13 contests. The Scarlet and Gray allow 239.8 yards per game through the air and 160.46 yards on the ground while giving up 25.7 points per game. Because of the defensive struggles, Schiano has been widely scrutinized by Ohio State fans.
Schiano began his coaching career at Rutgers as a graduate assistant in 1989. He moved to Penn State the following season, also as a graduate assistant, before becoming the Nittany Lions’ defensive backs coach. Schiano moved to the NFL and the Chicago Bears as a defensive assistant in 1996 and spent three seasons there. Schiano was the defensive coordinator for the University of Miami in 1999 and 2000 before becoming the head coach for the Scarlet Knights. He remained in that role with Rutgers until 2011, building that team into a nationally recognized program. Schiano then moved back to the NFL and took the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons.
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Last offseason, Schiano was named the head coach at Tennessee before public pressure forced those in charge with the Volunteers to renounce the decision and he remained with the Buckeyes in his current role.
Ohio State recently announced that head coach Urban Meyer will retire after the team’s Rose Bowl game against Washington and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will be the Buckeyes’ next head coach. Part of Day’s job will be determining if he wants to retain Schiano as defensive coordinator, but if the interest in the Temple job is legitimate, Day may not have to make a decision.