Greg Schiano was Ohio State football’s defensive coordinator and associate head coach as of this weekend, but it’s unclear if he will have that role for much longer.
FootballScoop reported Monday morning that Schiano was expected to become the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator, a move that, according to FootballScoop would become official once Matt Patricia, the Pats’ current defensive coordinator, is officially named head coach of the Detroit Lions.
Later on Monday morning, Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported Schiano had not decided on his future.
Saw the report that Greg Schiano is leaving #OhioState for the #Patriots DC job. Am told Schiano hasn't decided whether he's leaving OSU yet. Brian Flores may get promoted to DC in New England. Schiano could have a job on the Pats staff w/ Belichick but still hasn't decided.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 5, 2018
Gary Tanguay, a prominent TV and radio personality in Boston, reported over the weekend that Schiano was expected to interview for the Patriots’ job. The Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May reported not long after that Schiano had not scheduled an interview with New England.
If Schiano does leave, newly hired assistant Alex Grinch appears to be his logical replacement on Urban Meyer’s staff. Ohio State hired Grinch away from Washington State, where he was defensive coordinator, this offseason.
This is the second time this offseason that Schiano has been reported to be on the verge of leaving Columbus. The former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach had an agreement to become Tennessee’s next head coach in December before social media and real life outrage over the hire led to the Vols establishment backing out of the deal.