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Bucs coach Greg Schiano mourns James Gandolfini

Tribune staff

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano commented on the death of actor James Gandolfini, who went to Rutgers and was a supporter of the school during Schiano's 11 seasons as head coach of the Scarlet Knights.

Gandolfini died Wednesday of a heart attack in Italy at age 51.

"I am sad to hear of the passing of Jim Gandolfini,'' Schiano said through the Bucs' Twitter account. "He was a great supporter of Rutgers Football long before it was fashionable to be so. His generosity in helping us lent relevance to our football program at a time when it was desperately needed. In addition to his acting acclaim, he will be remembered by all Rutgers people as a compassionate alum and a great New Jerseyian.''

Gandolfini, best known for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," was a tremendous supporter of Rutgers football. He was frequently on the sideline during games and filmed a commercial with Schiano to promote the program.

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