When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Greg Schiano in January, they knew he'd probably bring a few of his former players to the team. I don't know if the Bucs held similar thoughts when they hired former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis as a "special assistant to the head coach", but it sure seems to work that way. Rutgers and North Carolina are well-represented on the team, as seven players from Greg Schiano's former employer and five from Butch Davis' former employer appear on the roster.
Those 13 players didn't all join the Bucs this offseason. Center Jeremy Zuttah, defensive end George Johnson, defensive tackle E.J. Wilson, tight end Zack Pianalto and tackle Mike Ingersoll were already with the team when Schiano and Davis were hired. However, no other college team is represented by more than 4 players on the roster and the Bucs did add 8 players from those colleges to their roster this offseason. Of course, one of those players is Eric Legrand, and it's hard to find fault with that signing.
The overabundance of players the Bucs brass is familiar with isn't necessarily a bad thing. Schiano and Davis will know some things about these players that makes them comfortable giving them a shot. And let's not forget we're still in the early stages of the offseason, and most of these players won't make it to the regular season.
Still, it's an interesting trend, and one worth following.