Greg Schiano: Mr. “Everything”September 3rd, 2013
One of college football’s most interesting characters was the Buccaneers wide receivers coach last year, P.J. Fleck.
Fleck, 32, is the youngest head coach in Division I football at Western Michigan, and he has an intensity and leadership style that is unique and impressive. The man’s nuts — in a good way.
Joe couldn’t wait to drop a few nickels on WMU as a four touchdown underdog at Michigan State last weekend. They lost 26-13 and did Joe proud.
Fleck chatted with The Star Ledger in New Jersey recently and shared what life was like as a Rutgers coach under Greg Schiano.
What were those two years like working for Schiano at Rutgers?
“What the hours meant was you would do your job until your job was done and until you made sure the flaws were now strengths. We worked a ton of hours. There were times we didn’t go home for a few days and worked right through the night…We did what we had to do to solve some problems we thought we had. At the time there were some disadvantages and we had to work through them and it took us longer than probably most would have…He was there just like us. He was there longer than us. He was there before you. You knew that he wasn’t just telling you and he’d go home and go to bed. He was there. Solving the same issues and problems. He had a hand in every aspect of that program. He wasn’t just the football coach, he was everything. He was the marketing director. He was the fundraiser. He was the recruiting coordinator. Greg could do anything. He did do everything. That’s what I was able to see at times just by working there those two years. Then, believe it or not, he took me with him to Tampa and that was an extreme compliment because I was, I believe, the youngest position coach in the National Football League. He took a chance on me again. He saw what maybe others hadn’t seen.”
Joe just wanted to share. Life for coaches and players under Schiano is anything but typical. Joe’s got no problem with any of it, as long as it works.