Background: Schiano's first coaching job following his playing days at Bucknell was as a Graduate Assistant on Joe Paterno's staff at Penn State. His first full-time job was in 1991 as Paterno's secondary coach. He worked that post for five years before becoming a Defensive Assistant under Dave Wannsteadt and the Chicago Bears. He was promoted to Defensive Backs coach in 1998 and did that for one season before Butch Davis hired him to become Miami's defensive coordinator in 1999. He was Miami's DC for two seasons before becoming the head coach at Rutgers. In his 11 seasons there the Scarlet Knights were one game over 500. They played in six bowl games over his final seven seasons and that was impressive enough to catch the attention of the NFL. He became head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and coached the Bucs for two seasons before getting fired.
Where he is now: Schiano has been out of coaching the last two seasons. He's done some part-time TV work and he's done some volunteer coaching at the high school his kids attend. He says he's spent a lot of time visiting coaches like Nick Saban and Bill Belichek to learn more about what works and what doesn't so that he will be better prepared for his next head coaching job.
Why would it be a good fit: Schiano led a very aggressive Miami defense in 1999 and 2000. His defenses put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, forced a high number of turnovers, and his teams finished in the top 15 nationally in points allowed both seasons. He turned Rutgers from a laughingstock into a perennial bowl team. He'd be one of only a few head coaches in college football who have NFL head coaching experience.
Why it may not be a good fit: He is friends with Al Golden, and started with the same Joe Paterno coaching tree. There are reports that say he turned down the Miami job back in 2011 when Golden got it, which may turn off current UM administration.
Bottom Line: More than anything, I want UM's next coach to truly understand the culture here. By all indications, Schiano would. He's been successful here before. Anyone who can turn a bottom-feeder type program like Rutgers was before he got there into a team that wins bowl games would likely be able to win big at a school like Miami. He's considered a top flight recruiter and kids would seemingly want to play for him. He is incredibly intense and may be too much of a grinder (a trait that became an issue under Golden) on his players. However, he's publicly stated that he would not be like at his next job. He understands the culture here, he has ties to the program, he's considered a very good recruiter, and he's considered a top flight head coach. All of those are reasons why I think he'd be a tremendous choice for the Hurricanes.