Rutgers held a multi-hour meeting with Greg Schiano on Tuesday about the possibility of returning to Piscataway as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach, according to reports Wednesday from NJ.com and ESPN. FootballScoop first reported the possibility of Schiano’s return back in September.
The meeting, held in Columbus, left without any formal agreement. NJ.com reported Rutgers hoped to announce Schiano’s hiring today, as part of the school’s celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the first-ever American football game, played on Rutgers’ campus.
Both sites reported that Schiano entered the meeting with “significant” demands. He requested the school build an indoor practice facility, something that would require approval from the university’s board of regents.
To be fair, many — most? all? — candidates would also request the same. Trying to compete in the Big Ten without an indoor facility, in New Jersey, puts the Rutgers football program back to, well, almost all the way back to 1869.
Schiano’s salary demands are also expected to be significant. Rutgers paid former head coach Chris Ash $2.3 million in 2019, making him the second lowest-paid coach in the Big Ten.
Should Rutgers fail to reach a deal with Schiano, the search would then turn to former Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, according to reports.
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