Well this isn’t ideal.
Tennessee is reportedly finalizing a deal to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, a move that is already sending Tennessee fans into a panic on social media. Fans weren’t the only ones confused by the hire, as even the NFL’s Mike Freeman called the reported hire “one of the worst coaching moves of the past 10 years, in any sport, on any level.”
That is not a great endorsement.
Tennessee fired head coach Butch Jones a couple of weeks ago, and there had been rumors that the Vols were interested in Jon Gruden, Dan Mullen, and even Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. However, Mullen appears to be finalizing a deal with Florida, and it looks like Gruden and Campbell declined Tennessee’s overtures.
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.