Former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano will take the vacant defensive coordinator position with the Patriots next season, per NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy.
The Patriots wasted no time in filling the position after their loss in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, and with the Lions officially announcing Matt Patricia as their new head coach, they were allowed to make the announcement on Schiano.
Schiano, who served as head coach for Rutgers for 11 seasons from 2001-11, has spent the past two seasons as Ohio State's defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He was looking to find his way back to the NFL (two seasons as Bucs head coach from 2012-13), and with Belichick a close friend, it appears their connection as turned them into colleagues.
The 51-year-old made headlines last year after he was denied the head coaching job at Tennessee despite signing an agreement after fan revolt. The reason for fans to protest Schiano's signing was due to rumors that he knew about the Jerry Sandusky incidents during his time at Penn State in the 90s.
Belichick did stick up for him at that time, saying he had "the utmost respect (for) and zero reservations" about Schiano's character and the type of coach he is.
Schiano will work with two former Rutgers players in safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon next season.