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Report: Ohio State Assistant Top Candidate For Rutgers Job

A Rutgers football helmet.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - AUGUST 30: A Rutgers Scarlet Knights helmet sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at SHI Stadium on August 30, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated UMass 48-21. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Rutgers is one of several teams still seeking out its next head coach. The Scarlet Knights need a "home-run" type of hire to gain any sort of national relevancy. Greg Schiano seemed like the perfect candidate, and both sides were nearing a deal. But those have since fizzled, and Schiano's party has lost interest.

Schiano was the Scarlet Knights' top candidate and obvious choice. So who will Rutgers turn to now?

According to the

Some Rutgers coaching search buzz: Add Jeff Hafley to the list of key names to watch as the post-Schiano process gets rolling.

— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) November 26, 2019

">latest report from James Cratch of NJ Advance Media, Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is Rutgers' top candidate for the job.

The current OSU assistant has never been a head coach. But the Buckeyes' defense is having immense success this season, and several universities are starting to voice interest in Hafley.

If Hafley were to accept the position, it would be the second time Rutgers has hired an Ohio State defensive coordinator - Chris Ash being the latest. Obviously, that didn't turn out too well as Ash was fired in September of this year. Rutgers fans would be hesitant to buy into hiring another Buckeyes' assistant.

But as things look right now, Hafley is one of the better options for the job. It'll be interesting to see who fills Rutgers' current head coaching vacancy.