Tennesseans react to potential head coach shift to Greg Schiano

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According to USA Today's Dan Wolken, the Vols are finalizing a deal with former Bucs and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, now on staff at Ohio State, with the announcement expected later on Sunday. The fact that Tennessee opted for Schiano so quickly is, though. The Volunteers then lost their final two games to finish 4-8 overall and 0-8 in the conference.

Tennessee fired Butch Jones on November 12 after they dropped to 0-6 in SEC play. Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to bowl wins in four straight seasons from 2006-09.

Multiple reports have Tennessee football hiring former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano to fill the vacancy left by Jones. His Ohio State defense has since piqued the interest of Tennessee, which has a history of making such brilliant coaching hires as Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.




Along with working in the National Football League for two seasons, Schiano has become a close confidant of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and Schiano spent considerable time with him during his two years out of coaching.

Schiano, 51, was out of coaching for two years, and he has spent the past two seasons as Urban Meyer's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator with the Buckeyes.

Schiano told ESPN "I never saw any abuse nor had reason to suspect any abuse during my time at Penn State".

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