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For a moment, it looked like Tennessee football was going to replace noted disaster Butch Jones with Ohio State’s Greg Schiano. How you get from Jon Gruden rumors to reportedly finalizing a deal with Schiano today is beyond me, but all Tennessee fans need to know now is Schiano won’t be their guy.
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The fierce backlash on Twitter from Vols fans (and Tennessee politicians, former players) plus protests on campus have apparently put an end to The Schiano Tennessee Era — details from ESPN:
Tennessee has backed out of a memorandum of understanding with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the Volunteers’ next football coach, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by both parties Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, and the school had planned to introduce Schiano at a news conference Sunday night.
But when news broke that Tennessee was close to finalizing a deal with Schiano earlier Sunday, there was public outcry among Tennessee fans, with people citing his alleged connection to the Jerry Sandusky era at Penn State.
Of course, Vols fans didn’t want Schiano for a number of reasons: he’s linked to the Jerry Sandusky scandal and players hated playing for him with the Buccaneers to name a few.
These old “Fire Schiano” billboards undoubtedly would’ve been all over Knoxville if that deal went through:
— Scott Pinsker (@ScottPinsker) October 24, 2013