Reports: Greg Schiano Out Of Running For Rutgers Head Coach Job

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 21: Greg Schiano the head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights watches during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 21, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky
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There will be no reunion between Rutgers and Greg Schiano.

According to multiple reports, Schiano is no longer a candidate to return as head football coach after he and the university could not reach an agreement.

NJ.com reported Sunday that Schiano's contract demands played a significant role in the talks, which had been taking place for three weeks, breaking off. The 53-year-old coach wanted $4 million a year over eight years, a $25.2 million guarantee, unlimited use of a private jet and bonuses for bowl games, conference championships and top-25 rankings, the report said. Rutgers was believed to be offering a six-year, $24 million contract.

A source told NJ.com that Schiano's counteroffer was rejected by Athletic Director Patrick Hobbs and was never presented to the university’s board of governors.

The Rutgers athletic department issued a statement Sunday saying: "The search for a head football coach at Rutgers University is ongoing with the assistance of Ventura Partners. The Director of Athletics is responsible for selecting the head football coach. Once the finalist has been identified, contract terms are presented to the Board of Governors for final approval, after consultation with the Athletics Subcommittee and the Executive Committee. The responsibility of the Board is limited to considering and approving or disapproving the proposed contract’s terms and conditions.''

In 2001, Schiano took over a Rutgers program that hadn't enjoyed a winning season in eight years and hadn't been invited to a bowl game in 22 years. After four losing seasons under Schiano, the Scarlet Knights finally broke through, going to six bowl games in seven years. Rutgers finished the 2006 season ranked 12th in the AP Top 25. 

Schiano, who had a 68-67 record in 11 seasons with the Scarlet Knights, left in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he went 11-21 over two seasons. He served as Ohio State's defensive coordinator from 2016-18 before sitting out of coaching this season.

NJ.com reported Sunday that Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch have emerged as top candidates for the Rutgers job. Both are New Jersey natives, and Campanile played and coached at Rutgers.

Rutgers fired coach Chris Ash on Sept. 29 after he went 8-32 in three-plus seasons and named tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile -- Anthony Campanile's brother -- as interim head coach.

The Scarlet Knights are currently 2-9 and play at No. 8 Penn State in their season finale Saturday.