Last night, after midnight, Greg Schiano contacted members of the Rutgers football team and told them that there would be a meeting at 7 a.m. He had decided that he’d take the Michigan head coaching job, and wanted to meet with them and tell them personally.

For the rest of the night, according to a source close to the team, Schiano mulled the issue over. When he greeted his players in the Hale center earlier today, he had a different message.

Schiano told them that originally, he had taken the head coaching job at Michigan. But with tears in his eyes, he said that he couldn’t being himself to follow through on it. He couldn’t leave Rutgers behind.

Schiano, according to the source, told the players that he “saw something special” at Rutgers. He even apologized for ever having made the original regretful choice. And that was that. The players exited the room, and it became business as usual.

So what made Greg Schiano have a drastic change of heart in the span of a few hours? What made him pass up one of the most prestigious jobs in America to continue building a program that currently is experiencing a few road blocks?

Maybe, just maybe, Greg Schiano is an honest person. I’m still disgusted that he originally took the job, but it means a lot that he thought about it all night and eventually decided that it would be wrong to leave.

He has made some pretty serious promises in the past, and if he left, he would have broken all of them. Rutgers fans would have revolted; maybe even rushed their angry mob onto his property, which was formerly Rutgers property and a nature preserve before they basically donated it to him.

Or maybe it was because he has forced this university to be split in half, between academic elitists and sports fanatics, due to his generous funding during a time when the University is falling apart for a lack of funding. If he had left after taking all that money, I imagine William C. Dowling would have hunted him down like Abraham Van Helsing.

Whatever made him stay, whether it was his wonderful Catholic guilt (or as Glenn points out, his crazy born-again literal interpretation of the Bible) or Bob Mulcahy serenading him outside his bedroom window, I’m glad. I’ve become pretty upset with coach Schiano over the past 12 hours or so, but if he can put this whole issue behind him, I’ll try my best to forget that it ever happened.

On the plus side: Maybe this decision to stick it out for a cause even when money is waved in your face will be a guiding light for Ray Rice.

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