Sever Tennessee state politicians have voiced their disapproval of the reported hiring of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano for the Vols’ head coaching position.
Schiano had 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.”
Tennessee is expected to hire Schiano as its next head coach and make an official announcement on Sunday, according to USA Today‘s Dan Wolken.
Schiano spent the past two seasons with the Buckeyes and had previously coached at Rutgers from 2001-11, which included six bowl game appearances during his final seven seasons, as well as a a 68-67 (28-48) overall record.
After being linked to several notable college coaching positions, Schiano took over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach in 2012 and went 11-21 before being fired after his second season.
The Vols reportedly turned their focus to Schiano after focusing on Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who is expected to accept the head coaching position at Florida.
Zachary is not alone in his criticism of the potential Schiano hiring.