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John Currie’s tenure as Tennessee’s athletic director seems to be over.

Currie was reportedly fired on Friday morning after just eight months on the job, according to WVLT in Knoxville.

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported boosters were attempting to drive Currie out of Knoxville after multiple reports claimed the Tennessee was “finalizing a deal” with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, which resulted in protests by fans through social media and on UT’s campus.

Tennessee fans protested the reported decision to hire Schiano based having previously worked as a defensive assistant at Penn State under former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child molestation stemming from his tenure with the Nittany Lions in 2012.

According to a report, Schiano allegedly knew of Sandusky’s sexual abuse and turned a blind eye, according to testimony from former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary that was unsealed in 2016 by a Philadelphia court.

Schiano has denied the allegations in the past, having told ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “I never saw any abuse nor had reason to suspect any abuse during my time at Penn State.”

Currie released a statement on Monday defending his decision to target Schiano, claiming the university conducted a thorough background check on the coach.

Currie is expected by many to be replaced by former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, who was also initially considered a candidate for the athletic director position earlier this year.

According to Feldman, Fulmer has “tried to undermine Currie in hopes of becoming the athletic director.”

It’s worth noting that Currie had previously worked in Tennessee’s athletic department and was instrumental in Fulmer’s forced resignation in 2008.

Tennessee AD is reportedly on his way out after embarrassing coaching search and fan base uproar @RockyTopInsider/Twitter
Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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