What’s next for former general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano now that both have been dismissed by Tampa Bay? It is believed that Dominik had one year left on his contract with the Buccaneers, while Schiano had three years remaining and was to be paid a total of $9 million over that span.
For Schiano, there have been reports that he could be pursued by Penn State University. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner is considering flying to Tampa to make a push to hire Schiano, a former Nittany Lions assistant coach under the legendary Joe Paterno, should Bill O’Brien leave the school for the head coaching job of the Houston Texans as expected.
After Sunday’s 42-17 loss at New Orleans, Schiano said he had not spoken with Penn State about the possible opening.
“I made the comment on Wednesday and I will reiterate it,” Schiano said. “I or no one connected with me has had any contact with Penn State. I said it Wednesday and I’ll say it again. The job I have is the job I want.”
Now that he has been fired, Schiano’s interest in the Penn State position, should it become available, would likely rise significantly as a return to college football would be a wise move.
Dominik has spent 19 years in Tampa Bay and has a history in pro personnel prior to his five seasons as the team’s general manager. Dominik has worked with several NFL front office personnel over the years and has connections with various teams.
Dominik worked for many years for two previous general managers in Tampa Bay – Rich McKay and Bruce Allen. McKay is currently the team president and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, although he is not the team’s general manager after being relieved of those duties in 2008 with the arrival of Thomas Dimitroff. Allen is currently the general manager for the Washington Redskins.
In addition to several league contacts that Dominik has made throughout his NFL career that has spanned more than 20 years but hasn’t worked with, he has also worked with Tennessee executive vice president and general manager Ruston Webster in Tampa Bay, in addition to working with New York Jets general manager John Idzik with the Buccaneers. Dominik also worked with St. Louis chief operating officer Kevin Demoff in Tampa Bay and formed a close friendship with him.
The well-spoken, knowledgeable and telegenic Dominik would also be a natural for television as an NFL insider on any of the national networks.
Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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