Immense backlash has reportedly killed Greg Schiano's chances to land Tennessee job
Tennessee fans are not happy with news that broke on Sunday that the school was nearing a deal with Ohio State DC Greg Schiano to be the Vols’ next head coach.
That led to massive protests outside the Tennessee facilities in Knoxville as well as several prominent Tennessee politicians condemning the rumored hire due to Schiano’s connection to the child abuse scandal at Penn State.
Now, it appears as if Vol Nation may have gotten its way, as the most recent reports state that the deal between Schiano and Tennessee is falling apart:
I'm beginning to hear that TENNESSEE & GREG SCHIANO could be walking away from the agreement to make him the HC…..all tied to the backlash coming out as a result of it fan base and numerous political figures from within the state…..stay tuned
— Chris Landry (@LandryFootball) November 26, 2017
Greg Schiano will not be the Head Coach at Tennessee. It’s done.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 26, 2017
Greg Schiano is currently concerned with the climate of the Tennessee fan base and the reaction towards reports of his contract being finalized at Tennessee. The deal may not get finalized.
— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) November 26, 2017
I am told Tennessee was going to have a press conference tonight to announce the hiring of Schiano but canceled it due to protests. Unsure if it will be rescheduled tomorrow or if the deal has fallen through. One prominent booster wasn't happy with Schiano hire.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 26, 2017
The backlash may put AD John Currie’s job in jeopardy, as prominent boosters reportedly aren’t very happy with the embarrassment the Tennessee program has gone through on Sunday:
Just got off the phone with a prominent UT booster who said he has been furious all day over the handling of this and that the deal with Schiano now being called off does nothing to alleviate the anger over the whole situation.
— Stephen Hargis (@StephenHargis) November 27, 2017
The search to replace Butch Jones has been an absolute disaster from the very start, and Currie has yet to speak on the current situation.
What happens next remains to be seen, but it appears the Vols are going to try to find a less-polarizing candidate than Schiano moving forward.