TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media at an introduction press conference at the team training facility January 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop could be headed back to the NFL.
New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, until recently a college man with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, may be dipping back into the collegiate ranks for his offensive coordinator. As Schiano is a defensive coach by trade, this will likely be his most important hire. The target: John Shoop of the North Carolina Tar Heels, according to FOX Sports.
Shoop has NFL experience, also coaching with the Raiders and Panthers, running the Bears offense in from 2001 to 2003, and even spending a year with the Bucs as QB coach under Jon Gruden in 2004.
Over his five years at UNC, Shoop's offenses ranked No. 73 in 2011, preceded by 51, 108, 92 and 105. So at least there was improvement! The Heels also helped turn the up-and-down T.J. Yates into a NFL playoff quarterback.
For more on the parties involved, visit Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation and UNC blog Carolina March, which is probably a little preoccupied right now.