Greg Schiano is back in the NFL.
The former Ohio State defensive coordinator is set to join the coaching staff of the New England Patriots, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.
A longtime friend of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Schiano is set to take over as the defensive coordinator for the newest Super Bowl champions following the departure of Brian Flores, who was their defensive play-caller and linebackers coach last season, to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Schiano was Ohio State's defensive coordinator for the past three years, but was not retained by new head coach Ryan Day following a season in which the Buckeyes' defense allowed more points per game (25.5) and yards per game (403.4) than any prior defense in Ohio State history.
Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison replaced Schiano and Alex Grinch as Ohio State's new co-defensive coordinators for the 2019 season, and will work alongside fellow new assistant coaches Al Washington and Matt Barnes and returning defensive line coach Larry Johnson to lead the Buckeyes' defense this year.