Martin interviewed Schiano. This is exactly the process that Martin identified on Sunday night. Schiano was obviously among the top 3-5 candidates for the job. Unlike back-channel talks with Les and Ferentz, the details of a proposal were never discussed. Schiano considered whether to further follow up, and declined, removing his name from consideration in a press release today.
Interesting that 100% of this information is coming from New Jersey. The only real information we have is this:
An offer was never formally made to Schiano, nor were specific contract details discussed, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
"I was contacted earlier this week about the Michigan coaching vacancy, but I have decided to remove my name from consideration," Schiano said in a statement. "I look forward to our third straight bowl game and to bringing a national championship to Rutgers and the state of New Jersey. I will have no further comment."
The Star-Ledger reported Thursday night that Schiano met with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin "for quite a while" Wednesday in New York City to discuss the Big Ten school's coaching vacancy. Those talks were described by a person who speaks regularly with Schiano and confirmed by a second party.
That may or may not have been an interview that could have resulted in an offer. Martin has already conducted interviews of Ron English, Mike DeBord and Brady Hoke, none of whom are first string candidates for the job. Given that those are the only interviews to have taken place, none of whom have been given an offer, why do we assume he was going to receive an offer? I would liked to have seen an offer -- I think Schiano would have been a good hire. He's in my top 5 candidates. But, it looks like Bill may be stalling to me.