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Greg Schiano Deal With Tennessee Vols Reportedly Off After Backlash From Fan Base
This might be the first time in recent memory that a fan base has successfully stopped a hiring from going through.
After the UCLA Bruins signed Chip Kelly to be their head coach, Tennessee Vols fans were patiently awaiting their big hire and were none too pleased about it being Greg Schiano.
The backlash from Tennessee fans against the news of Greg Schiano’s impending hiring was so strong that the deal is now off. Rocky Top Insider’s Reed Carringer says that Schiano will not be Tennessee’s next coach.
Greg Schiano will not be the Head Coach at Tennessee. It’s done.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 26, 2017
The backlash had gotten so bad that fans began to march on Tennessee’s campus to protest the hiring of Schiano.
“Tennessee has been deluged with protests over the reported impending hiring of Greg Schiano as head football coach, with people citing his alleged connection to the Jerry Sandusky era at Penn State.
Schiano, Urban Meyer’s defensive coordinator at Ohio State, and Tom Bradley, defensive coordinator under recently fired UCLA coach Jim Mora, were both Penn State assistants under Joe Paterno during Sandusky’s tenure.
Both have denied allegations of their knowledge of child abuse by Sandusky from a 2015 deposition by ex-Penn State assistant Mike McQueary. The allegations became public in July 2016, at which time both Meyer and Mora defended their assistants’ integrity.”
Goodness, check out The Rock on Tennessee’s campus pic.twitter.com/R9EwVGVGkh
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 26, 2017
Volunteers fans marching to the university athletic center to protest UT’s possible decision to hire Greg Schiano as its new head football coach pic.twitter.com/pyq1qhYjn5
— Donovan Long (@WVLTDonovan) November 26, 2017
Even local restaurants banded together to keep him out of Tennessee:
Greg Schiano is not allowed in our establishment.
— Remedy Coffee (@remedy_coffee) November 26, 2017
— Hops & Hollers (@HopsandHollers) November 26, 2017