No matter his future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Greg Schiano doesn’t appear likely to return to his home in New Jersey near Rutgers University.
Schiano recently dropped the price on 8,500-square-foot Piscataway home to $1.595 million. It was listed for $2.3 million 19 months ago, after he resigned as Rutgers’ head coach to take the Bucs’ job. It’s the third time he’s dropped the price.
His real estate agent, Jerry Kienlen, told The Star-Ledger of Newark he talked to Schiano last week and said the coach still wants to sell.
There is public pressure in the Tampa area to fire Schiano with the Bucs 0-8 this season and losers of 13 of the past 14 games.
Schiano dropped the price Oct. 28, a few days after he reportedly met with Tampa Bay’s ownership and then told his team that he would remain head coach.
Rutgers helped finance the home’s construction, giving Schiano an $800,000 no-interest loan. Schiano sent Rutgers a $300,000 check in January to pay off the loan after he left for Tampa.
According to The Star-Ledger, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom house is the most expensive home for sale in Piscataway. It’s on a modest, hilltop cul-de-sac where most houses are worth about $300,000.
Schiano built the house with Rutgers’ players in mind. The lower level includes a 1,260-square-foot media and game room with a projector, retractable wall screen and surround-sound system. When Schiano’s family lived there, photos showed the room with a sectional sofa large enough to seat most of the team.
Rutgers officials have said they are not interested in the Piscataway property.