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Greg Schiano Could Be Getting A Big-Time NFL Job Soon

A closeup of Greg Schiano with his hand on his chin.

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 15: Greg Schiano, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, watches the action during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. San Francisco won the game 33-14. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano appears to be on his way back to the NFL, this time as an assistant coach.

Schiano was not retained by new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, making him a coaching free agent. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and James Palmer, he is "likely" to join the staff of the New England Patriots.

Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is set to officially be named the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins following Super Bowl LIII. That opens up a spot for Schiano to work alongside Bill Belichick.

Rapoport says Schiano would take on "a top defensive role" in New England.

This is a match that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Schiano and Bill Belichick have had a close relationship for years, with Belichick drafting or signing several of Schiano's former Rutgers players throughout his time in New England.

In fact, Schiano nearly took a job with the Patriots last year before electing to stay at OSU. He spent three years with the Buckeyes as an associate head coach and defensive coordinator.

As head coach of the Bucs in 2012-13, Schiano compiled an 11-21 record before being fired. He came to Tampa Bay after 11 seasons at Rutgers, during which he led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games.