Bucs clean house and Fire GM Dominik, HC Schiano
Well, the mess in Tampa Bay is officially over.
The Buccaneers have cleaned house and fired general manager Mark Dominic, along with head coach Greg Schiano, according to FOX Sports Jay Glazer.
Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik have been fired!
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 30, 2013
It was a move anticipated by many, as Schiano had spats with several players over the course of the year and had a public beef with Josh Freeman, ultimately leading to his release and an NFL investigation into the Bucs organizations.
There was a MRSA infection spread around facilities that led to beefs with players and their wives, and many said Schiano handled the situation wrong – lying on incident reports and much more.
Schiano was hired in 2012 and the Bucs were semi-competitive in his first season, finishing with a 7-9 record. In his second season, they were a mess, losing their first nine games to open the season. They ended the season with a 4-12 record and took a major step back, despite ownership dumping millions into big name free agents.
Schiano has been rumored to be in the running for the Penn State job, should Bill O’Brien leave for the NFL.
Update: The Bucs have confirmed the report and issued the following statement:
“The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction. Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer.
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