When Did Greg Schiano Know?

October 10th, 2013

It is really weird. Greg Schiano spoke confidently this afternoon that there was a chance Bucs guard Carl Nicks could play Sunday against the Eagles. Then two hours later, it is learned that Nicks has the MRSA again.

Nicks missed the first two weeks of the season with a MRSA infection to his foot that he first contracted in training camp.

But when did Schiano learn of this latest infection? The following is the transcript of his first few questions and answers at his daily press conference.

Q. Was Carl Nicks limited [today in practice]?

A. He was.

Q. Is that a re-occurrence of a previous issue?

A. It is his foot. I will leave it at that. Keep it vague on purpose for our opponents (smiles).

Q. Is it an infection?

A. I will just say it is his foot. We are examining everything.

Schiano later said Nicks was day-to-day and did not rule him out for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

This tells Joe one of three things: Either Schiano was being less than truthful (which Joe doubts because Schiano is not a con artist), or Schiano was being hung out to dry, or that the Bucs learned of Nicks’ infection in the roughly two-hour period that elapsed after Schiano left the podium and when news of the re-occurance of Nicks’ MRSA broke.

This is clearly the weirdest Bucs season Joe can remember.. This team just cannot stay away from the drama and sideshows.

UPDATE: A trusted Bucs source told Joe that the Bucs learned of Nicks’ test results for MRSA as the Bucs were on the practice field this afternoon. Schiano holds a press conference immediatley after practices so Schiano would not have known about Nicks’ test results until after his press conference.

24 Responses to “When Did Greg Schiano Know?”

  1. Justin Says:

    Just get me to the 2014 season already. Because there is no way on earth it can go as far south as this one. A mind boggling year.

  2. Illuminati Says:

    I’m guessing that when Schiano spoke, it hadn’t been confirmed that it was a recurrence of MRSA.

    Also, MRSA doesn’t necessarily prevent an athlete from playing.

  3. Justin Says:

    No chance he plays Sunday. Absolutely none. The Bucs are not going to send a player onto the field or locker room on game day with this infection. god forbid there was an outbreak on the team. We would all crucify management

  4. Joe Says:


    Also, MRSA doesn’t necessarily prevent an athlete from playing.

    Any coach that played a guy who had a known, active MRSA infection likely would have the locks changed on his office door before the end of the first quarter.

    For a reporter to find out within two hours of the team is staggering, unless either the team or the outfit running the tests tipped off someone (testing agencies rarely know the identity of the test swabs), or Nicks himself called Garafolo.

  5. buc4life24 Says:

    Sideshow Schiano had the audacity to call our team a “laughing stock” before his arrival……SMH! 2014 Cant come fast enough and hopefully with a new staff!

  6. Justin Says:

    And from Schianos demeanor in the presser it looks like he knew the results from the cultures weren’t in yet but that he had a good idea it would all but confirm the MRSA.

  7. Andrew 1 Says:

    “or that the Bucs learned of Nicks’ infection in the roughly two-hour period that elapsed after Schiano left the podium and when news of the re-occurance of Nicks’ MRSA broke.”

    why is that so hard to believe? I think thats exactly what happened. theres no need to play detective and try to find something that isnt even there to begin with. he found out after he talked to the media. its that simple!

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    At least you added an update stating the truth, Joe. Over at PFT they would not have mentioned it at all.

  9. Illuminati Says:

    @ Joe

    Here’s the recommendation from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association:

    When can the athlete return to play?

    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recommends that suspicious lesions be tested for MRSA and that the athlete not be allowed to return to play until:

    1. The athlete has taken an appropriate antibiotic for at least 72 hours
    2. Drainage from the wound has stopped
    3. No new lesions have developed in the past 48 hours

    And there’s this from the Allegheny County Health Department:

    Can I still play sports if I have CA-MRSA?

    A student could be allowed to participate if the wound can be properly protected, and at the discretion of the coach and physician. Having an infection with CA-MRSA is not reason to exclude a child from playing in a sport . . .

    I never said Nicks WOULD play Sunday, I only said that the mere presence of MRSA doesn’t necessarily mean he COULDN’T.

    It depends on the severity of the infection and a lot of other things. I’m sure the Buccaneers’ medical staff will take whatever course of action they feel is most appropriate.

  10. Biff Barker Says:

    buc4life24 Says:

    Sideshow Schiano had the audacity to call our team a “laughing stock” before his arrival……SMH! 2014 Cant come fast enough and hopefully with a new staff

    Order a purple (as in Barney) number 12 jersey and move on then.

  11. SteveK (MGM) Says:

    14 million dollars in untapped payroll.

    Josh Freeman= 6m for NOTHING

    Nicks- 8m for MRSA 🙁

    = 14m of WTF DOMINICK, or 11 and 2/3% of our player resources going towards nada.

    I hope Nicks gets well, and there is absolutely zero need to put him out there until he is 100% healthy.

    What the hell is going on over here?

    I feel for Nicks, the medical staff, Coach Schiano and Dominick. I also have a HUGE disdain for Josh Freeman. That BIG BABY made us the “laughing stock of the NFL”.

    I wish I could be paid 6m dollars for being a whiny ass loser.

  12. lightningbuc Says:

    ROCK STAR knows knees, but not MRSA!

  13. SteveK (MGM) Says:


    Agree, Freeman is softer than Barney the Dinosaur.

    The reason the Bucs suck is because we took a huge swing and miss on a franchise QB, Josh Freeman.

    You notice Freeman didn’t offer to take a pay cut to sever ties, no sir, that yellow bellied, incosistent, worm burning, party animal has SCREWED US OVER 3 years in a row. But what do I know, he was a 10 game winner in 2010 after all.

    I am thankful that ungrateful brat doesn’t get one more snap in pewter. We may be a bad team this year, but we will be back. Stick with Schiano and see if the QB position can be addressed next year.

    Freeman is a BUST, BUST, BUST. I can’t wait to see someone sack the shit out of him.

    Poor Viking fans, you now have the QB with the most physical tools in the game, but the softest demeanor and NO HEART. Good luck, not even Adrian Peterson will be able to take this team to the Super Bowl.

    Freeman quit on his team, eff him.

  14. Joe Says:

    Agree, Freeman is softer than Barney the Dinosaur.


  15. Paul Says:

    In the PC he said he didn’t want to give anything away to our opponents.

  16. JonBuc Says:

    Using crummy humor when he shouldn’t(smiles), unable to lighten up in other situations. Alfred E. Newman/Schiano is crazy…and not a bit worried. Glazers should be….

  17. Free's A Boob Says:

    Anyone ever hear of HIPPA? You need authorization from the player first to release this information.

  18. buc4life24 Says:

    -Biff..Not being a fan of Schiano doesnt mean im not a Bucsfan4life!

    Schiano is a clown and it shows in all sorts of ways! Go Bucs!!

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    “Schiano is a clown and it shows in all sorts of ways! Go Bucs!!”

    buc4life24….don’t say Go Bucs. How can they go anywhere with a clown? So maybe since you think Schiano is a clown, you should reserve your Go Bucs until after/maybe Schiano is gone. To say the HC is a clown and then say Go Bucs says what to you?

    The guy that’s calling the shots for the Bucs is a clown…but hey…Go Bucs?
    Whatever you confused individual.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh and btw that Barney description is spot on. I needed a laugh. Good stuff.

  21. buc4life24 Says:

    Go Bucs! Im a huge fan, but I do not think Schiano can do the job here! This team has feel apart and with the most talented roster up and down as we have ever seen! I never said I wanted us to fail or why bother watching/ coming to these sites!

    You have ur opinion and I have mine…..our head coach is the laughing stock!

  22. LadyZ Says:


    You have been listening to others spew their hate to much. Sounds like you are letting them think for you and you can’t articulate their talking/ hate points and you painted yourself in a corner. If you are really a buc fan for life, start sounding like it. If you get upset at your wife do you get on a blog and tell everyone? And then say that you love her? Or do you try to protect her reputation and good name in the community even if you think she might have made a bone head move and wrecked your car. How much do you really love our Bucs? I for one refuse to give aid and comfort to the enemy!

  23. buc4life24 Says:

    It’s no different than when Raheem was here and our team was going in the wrong direction and vast majority wanted him gone!! The coach is NOT the symbol of the franchise, it’s bigger than that!

    I have a mind of my own, but thanks for trying to play Pyschologist. Practice somewhere else, not on this sports blog. Everything else you have stated doesn’t corelate to the topic LadyZ.

  24. buc4life24 Says:

    Oh and if I am wrong about Schiano (I was a supporter last year) than I will gladly admit I was a bad judge of character and embrase him. I am not THAT fan that would sacrifice wins/success to my team, just to be right.

    If you think that……you got the wrong person!