So Charlie Strong is now the longest tenured coach in the Big East. Unbelievable.
Schiano agreed to a five-year deal with the Buccaneers, said the person, who requested anonymity because they not authorized to speak for Schiano or the Buccaneers.
The move could have a devastating effect on the best recruiting class in school history, with 17 players having given non-binding commitments to Rutgers and Schiano. National letter of intent signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 1.
"It will absolutely destroy recruiting this close to signing day," said CBS Sports recruiting expert Tom Lemming. "I only remember two other coaches -- Jimmy Johnson and Butch Davis -- leaving this close to signing day and both left Miami right after signing day, so the recruits were locked in.
"For him to leave a couple of days before signing day you will see the vultures circle quickly and Rutgers could end up with a recruiting class like Penn State's."
Schiano cancelled his plans today to attend the funeral of Penn State coach Joe Paterno to deal with Tampa Bay's offer, though he did visit with Sue Paterno, Joe's wife, earlier this week.
Schiano, 45, was an assistant at Penn State from 1990-96. His only NFL experience came as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears in 1996 and 1997.
Couldn't be happier that the last time we saw him he was waling off the field at PJCS with an L.