TAMPA, Fla. - (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Rutgers' Greg Schiano to become the team's next coach.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed the five-yearcontract Thursday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

ESPN first reported the Bucs had hired Schiano.

The 45-year-old Schiano had been with the Scarlet Knights for 11seasons, taking them from college football laughingstock to aprogram that has had winning records in six of the last sevenyears. He was an assistant coach in the NFL with Chicago from1996-98.

The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Jan. 2 after a 4-12 finish thatincluded 10 straight losses to end the season.