The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finalized a five-year deal to hire Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as their new head coach.

The 45-year-old former Scarlet Knights coach was hired Thursday, more than three weeks after the Bucs fired Raheem Morris following a 4-12 record.

“We are thrilled to introduce Coach Schiano as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. “During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but Coach Schiano surely distinguished himself. From his leadership skills to his impressive track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job.”

His departure comes at the worst possible time for Rutgers, with national signing day coming up next week. Many high school seniors who had committed to play for Schiano, and were expected to make it official next week, may now reconsider.

The Bucs fired Raheem Morris following the conclusion of a disastrous 4-12 season.

Former NFL head coaches Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer and Brad Childress had interviewed for the position, along with current NFL assistants Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski, Jerry Gray and Tom Clements.

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