Good read. A few excerpts:
Schiano is credited with one of the greatest program turnarounds in college football history, but there’s nothing impressive enough to warrant a leap from (borderline) patsy Division-1 coach to NFL commander. It's not like Rutgers was in the SEC.
Schiano finished with an overall record of 68-67. His Big East record was 28-48. In 2006 Rutgers supposedly became an elite program, finishing 11-2, ranked No. 12 and Schiano was the toast of the Tri-State. From that point on, his Big East record was still only 16-19.
He was known for things that have no NFL impact such as recruiting, graduating cats and playing some baby-butt soft schedules. Schiano knew it was more important to get W’s and create the illusion of having a top tier program. He must have studied with Houdini, because convincing NFL execs that he should be moved to the front of the line for an NFL gig was a magic trick like no other.
..........during Schiano’s Rutgers stint, his strength of schedule was never in the top 50.
Also, 30 of Rutgers’ 40 non-conference victories came against non-BCS schools, and the Scarlet Knights had a bloated 28-5 record against brittle MAC teams, Army and Navy and FCS squads.
Were Bucs execs blind to that?