Schiano agreed to an eight-year contract that is worth $32 million, and was first reported by Yahoo Sports. The two sides had reportedly been attempting to make this reunion happen, but both allegedly walked away from negotiations last week, which was met with plenty of criticism from the program's faithful. The 53-year-old coached Rutgers from 2001 to 2011 before leaving the team to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL before the 2012 season.
During his 10 years with Rutgers, Schiano led them to a bowl game in six of his final seven seasons, as his 68 wins as a head coach is good for third in program history. That last stint was before their run in the Big Ten, which has been a struggle with so much competition within the conference.
He lasted just two years with the Buccaneers before joining the Ohio State Buckeyes as a defensive coordinator, but he left that gig after last season due to the team struggling on his side of the ball. He was briefly an assistant with the New England Patriots earlier this season, but stepped away to take the season off. The last time he got an offer was to be the Tennessee head coach in 2017, which was met with an uproar from fans that forced the school to rescind the offer. Although, this job will have a much better response, as he will be replacing Chris Ash, who was fired five games in to this season after going 8-32, including 3-26 in the Big Ten over three-plus seasons.