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Sunday December 8th, 2019 8:47AM

Rutgers confirms Schiano return as Scarlet Knights coach

By The Associated Press

Greg Schiano is coming back to Rutgers.

Athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday that the university and Schiano reached a contract agreement a week after talks to bring back the 53-year-old former coach fell apart.

“The next great chapter for Rutgers Football is about to begin,” Hobbs said in a statement.

The contract still must be approved by the schools’ board of governors. It is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the hiring.

Both sides walked away from negotiations and declared the possibility of a reunion dead a week ago. After that news broke, Rutgers officials faced a wave of criticism from boosters, fans and former players.

Schiano was coach at Rutgers from 2001-11. He built a program that was one of the worst in major college football into a consistent winner. The Scarlet Knights went to a bowl game in six of Schiano’s final seven seasons.

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