Greg Schiano is staying on as Ohio State football’s defensive coordinator and associate head coach after previous reports said he was expected to become the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.
Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman was first with the news.
Greg Schiano tells me he is staying at #OhioState contrary to reports from Monday that he was leaving for the Patriots. Big day for the Buckeyes. Schiano played a key part in landing top OT Nick Petit-Frere out of Tampa.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2018
“Schiano has informed me he’s 100 percent staying,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer confirmed Wednesday at his National Signing Day press conference.
“Coach Schiano isn’t going anywhere,” early enrollee Tyreke Johnson told reporters on Wednesday before Meyer’s announcement.
FootballScoop reported Monday morning that Schiano was expected to become the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator, a move that, according to the outlet, would become official once former coordinator Matt Patricia was named coach of the Detroit Lions.
Later on Monday morning, Feldman reported Schiano had not decided on his future. The Lions announced Patricia’s hiring Monday afternoon.
Schiano has coached two seasons at Ohio State, and he was close to leaving in December to replace Butch Jones as coach at Tennessee before fan backlash infamously led the Volunteers to back out of the deal.
A move to the Patriots would have united Schiano with coaching friend Bill Belichick. The Patriots coach drafted several players from Schiano’s Rutgers teams. Once Schiano moved on to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the two coaches met to discuss strategy in an unusual meeting before a season during which their teams were to play in the preseason and regular season. Belichick voiced public support for Schiano after the Tennessee saga unfolded.
“Great respect, great football coach. Zero reservations, Zero,” is how Belichick described Schiano in December.