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Can't say I agree with the timing.
"How bad is it there? It's worse than you can imagine," says one NFL player who spent 2012 with the Bucs. "It's like being in Cuba."
Several current Bucs players describe a similarly bleak environment in which the all-powerful, unyielding Schiano spews tone-deaf platitudes while demonstrating the personal charm of "Homeland" character Nicholas Brody.
None of this is a surprise to people in NFL scouting circles, who came to dread their visits to Rutgers when Schiano was coaching there from 2001 to 2011. As I wrote last September, such encounters were, in the words of one NFC personnel executive, "pure misery."
One veteran NFL coach told me then: "It's his way or (expletive) you. He needs to back up a little bit, or he's going to have a very hard time in this league over the long haul."
might be a jerk, but he did pretty good at Rutgers the previous time he was there.Schiano is a jerk. Here is an article that summarizes his failed effort as head coach in the NFL.
People will make that argument. In my mind, if the donors are driving the change (and the timing), the wrong people are in control of the program. We had that situation at NU for a while -- and look where it got us.The attendance at Rutgers home games has been steadily decreasing. From a Rutgers chat I read that there were as few as 8,000 to 10,000 people attending the last game. Even if the actual number of fans were twice those estimates that's alarming for a Big10 team. This is accompanied by past donors saying they would never give another dollar as long as Ash was coach. Simply put, finances forced the mid-season firing. Waiting until the end of the season was no longer a viable option.