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Bill Belichick offers support of Greg Schiano: '[I have] the utmost respect and zero reservations'

Ryan Hannable
November 27, 2017 - 1:17 pm

On Sunday, it appeared Greg Schiano would be the next football coach at the University of Tennessee, but after backlash from the fans, the offer was taken away.

A day later, on a conference call Bill Belichick, who is close with Schiano, was asked about him as a coach and he offered his full support.

"I have great respect and think he's a great football coach," Belichick said. "I'm not really involved in any other situation, but speaking about him as a coach and a person, [I have] the utmost respect and zero reservations; zero."

Belichick went into more detail following Sunday's game when it appeared the job was Schiano's.

"I think Greg’s a tremendous coach," he said. "I’ve learned an awful lot from him and had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with him when he was at Rutgers and Stephen [Belichick] was at Rutgers and I’d go down there. The lacrosse and the football programs are in the same building. Then at Tampa and the couple of years after Tampa was really even better for, I would say, my relationship with him because he had those last two years in the NFL and I’ve learned an awful lot from him. He’s given me a lot of – we talk about things that they did in their program, that he did in Tampa, that really had a lot of relevance to what we do. So did Rutgers, but it’s a little bit different in the NFL. He’s done a great job at Ohio State. He’s one of the very best coaches I think in our profession. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Greg and the way he runs his program and the job that he does.

"I would say the most impressive thing for me is the way that our players, which we’ve had a lot of Rutgers players come through here, the loyalty and the I would say love of the program, the college program that they were in at Rutgers when he was there, how they maintained that for years and years after they had left. Not taking anything away from any other school, but I would just say that it’s extremely strong. I think the relationship that he has with his kids, with his players and how well prepared his players are to come into this league is exceptional. I didn’t know that, but it’s good for him. He’s a great coach. I’m sure he’ll be a great head coach. Again, he’s done an awful lot. He’s helped me in a lot of different ways and I have a lot of respect for him."

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to take the Buccaneers head coaching job and currently in his second season as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State.