Tennessee fans react negatively to Greg Schiano

John Currie

Tennessee fans react negatively to Greg Schiano

According to USA Today's Dan Wolken, the Vols are finalizing a deal with former Bucs and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, now on staff at Ohio State, with the announcement expected later on Sunday.

Tennessee (4-8, 0-8 SEC) ended its season Saturday with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt.

The 51-year-old Schiano coached Rutgers from 2001 to 2011.

We've done it, we've found someone in Knoxville that fully supports the reports that Greg Schiano will become Tennessee's next head coach, replacing the dismissed Butch Jones.

After going from Rutgers to the NFL, Schiano wasn't almost as effective. Ohio State ranked No. 3 in scoring defense last season with Schiano as co-coordinator and is No. 8 in total defense this year. He coached in the National Football League for two seasons.

Then, in 2016, Schiano was implicated as a possible witness in the Penn State child rape scandal. At the time, Currie was at Kansas State managing the potential departure of Bill Snyder as head coach, which allowed him to treat almost every year like he was going through a coaching search.

Schiano's time as an assistant coach at Penn State in the early 1990's has been the subject of controversy. From there, he worked for the Chicago Bears and as the defensive coordinator for the University of Miami before accepting the head coaching job at Rutgers.

Schiano was not the former Buccaneers coach many Vols expected to be announced as their new head coach.

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