Tennessee stiffs Greg Schiano

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Earlier today, former Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano seemed to be on track to become the next coach at the University of Tennessee. Now? Not.

According to Chris Low of ESPN, Tennessee has backed out of a memorandum of understanding with Schiano, due to campus protests and other opposition to the hiring of Schiano. A press conference naming him the new coach had been scheduled for Sunday night.

Much of the opposition (which came from places like the White House Press Secretary) traces to a contention by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary that Schiano was aware of sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky. Schiano denied any such claims in 2016.

Schiano, after serving as head coach at Rutgers, was hired to coach the Buccaneers in 2012. The Bucs fired him during the 2013 season. He resurfaced as a key assistant at Ohio State.

Earlier on Sunday, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed that Schiano had been talking to Tennessee. In July, Meyer disclosed that Schiano had declined a pair of “significant” coaching opportunities in the last hiring cycle.

The question now becomes whether other colleges will stop short of hiring Schiano for fear of Sandusky-related backlash. Absent tangible and persuasive proof of specific responsibility for or knowledge of an abuse case that plenty of people failed to take seriously, it seems unfair for Schiano to be summarily shunned.

42 responses to “Tennessee stiffs Greg Schiano

  1. Totally unfair to Schaino. McQueary is the only person to actually witness Sandusky abusing a child, and he did not say anything or do anything about it then. Now he just go around trying to destroy everyone’s career that he can.

  2. “Much of the opposition (which came from places like the White House Press Secretary)…”

    Incorrect. It was tremendous negative reaction to this by Tennessee Volunteers fans. If you had even looked at Twitter before writing this post, you would have realized this.

    I am no fan of Ms Sanders Huckabee, but hercreaction tonthis was not in any way significant to this development.

  3. “Much of the opposition (which came from places like the White House Press Secretary) traces to a contention by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary that Schiano was aware of sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky. Schiano denied any such claims in 2016.”

    Meanwhile Trump supports the peodophile Judge Moore because of his immense greed and desire for political power.

  4. According to ESPN “about 100 people gathered to protest.” Really? Your stadium holds 100,000. You have countless other fans nation wide and you’re going to appease a bunch of kids because they’re claiming something that was never proven and that shiano was never charged with?

  5. For goodness sakes! This guy looks like a saint compared to Donald Trump and his sexual misconduct. I just don’t understand holding football coaches to a higher standard than our president. Americans have spoken. We don’t care! Just hire the guy if he can coach.

  6. “Who the hell in their right mind would want to go coach the Vols now?”

    A bunch of us should do it. Ballcaps, beers in hand, bellies sticking out, scratching our you-know-whats, taking turns calling plays, laughing when our QB gets sacked. Hey, the highest paid state employee; we’d be set.

  7. Figures a scumbag like this guy is employed by another scumbag in Urban Meyer who covered up Aaron Hernandez issues at Florida. 2 worthless individuals. And it figures the liberal hack skawh would find a way to attack Trump

  8. Michael E says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:46 pm
    If he was on Paterno’s coaching staff then he knew about Sandusky.

    14 2 Rate This

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    Our country’s collective iq gets worse by the day

    So, because paterno knew, somehow schiano knew? Explain the bizarro logic please

  9. mcjon22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm
    Who the hell in their right mind would want to go coach the Vols now?

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    Understandable comment but looking at objectively they at close to rock bottom and resources available are near the tippy top in college football. There is no reason for them not to compete at the highest level year in and year out. This is a great up and coming coaches dream come true job

  10. People are forgetting that if you were on Paternos staff that what Sandusky was doing was an “open secret” that entire staff should be disgraced and only some PSU fans should be ignored. I find it absolutely disgusting that PSU fans still parade Paterno.

  11. I am not a PSU or JoePa fan but come on… odds are pretty low that EVERYONE on the PSU staff KNEW EXPLICIT DETAILS and DID NOTHING… puhleez…

  12. Who’s the guy questioning how anyone would want to coach at UT because some people questioned Schiano’s affiliation with a pedophilia case?

    Can you really not understand the absurdity of that statement?

  13. This is outrageous! For Tennessee fans to try to block Schiano
    from being a coach …because he was a fellow employee to
    a person who was committing horrible crimes….that is a
    brutal standard. So if I work in an office of 25-30 employees
    and one of my fellow employees is a drug dealer to kids …
    Am I responsible??
    What about the players who appeared at high school practices
    or talked to Sandusky’s victims at games ..out of respect to
    a former coach that they had no idea was a really bad person.
    Tennessee needs to do what is right ..if this is their top guy ..
    hire him.
    PSU has payed the price. The people who allegedly covered this up
    lost very good jobs and went to jail. PSU lost millions and paid
    millions in damages. It is time to move on and make sure it never
    happens again.
    I can’t believe a coach like Schiano who was at PSU for only a few years
    is being denied this opportunity. People should be ashamed of themselves.

  14. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    Convicted on rumor, without proof. Only in Trump’s America.
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    You spelled Obama wrong. I’m no trump fan, but there is no way in hell that the protestors against this hire are Trump supporters.

  15. From another site “One prominent booster wasn’t happy with Schiano hire.”

    Famous former Vols like Albert Haynesworth also didn’t hold back.

    I’m just going to say this if we hire Greg Schiano as our next head coach my options will be open to which college program I will Be donating my TIME and MONEY to. (No disrespect to GS) but if UT leaders don’t take football serious then I will find the program that will!!!

  16. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Figures a scumbag like this guy is employed by another scumbag in Urban Meyer who covered up Aaron Hernandez issues at Florida. 2 worthless individuals. And it figures the liberal hack skawh would find a way to attack Trump
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    Figures that right wingers can’t handle the truth. Now, go ahead and do what wingers do, and put the child molester in the US Senate. Why not, you elected a sexual assaulter to the highest office in the land.

    Your judgement of Meyer or Schiano is hypocritical. Wingers can’t be consistent.

  17. WH press secretary is the least of the AD’s problems. There’s quite a bit of blow back for a variety of reasons.

  18. The White House Trump Sanders tool is fine over dissing Schiano, but thinks that old child molesting coot ex-judge in Bama is just wonderful. What a transparent hypocrite.

  19. This is rich coming from a program that covered up some pretty shady stuff allegedly committed by one P. Manning.

  20. This is McCarthyism!! This is conviction by association! This is
    not what America should be about. This is disgusting. How in any
    way can we attribute the horrible crimes commited to this person.
    He was a young coach going about his responsibilities.
    Please take note that the first complaint against Sandusky was
    investigated by the State College Police who acknowledged no
    interference from the college. The police and Asst District Attorney
    (Who was not a fan of college sports and was a hard liner )
    chose not to file charges based on the facts of the case ..where
    Sandusky grabbed the kid from behind but did not touch his genitals.
    So the DA did not file charges. This is in the area of time when Schiano was
    an assistant. There is no evidence of record where Schiano was found to be
    aware of any wrongdoing by Sandusky.
    This is wrong ..we as Americans cannot allow situations like this to
    go on. Can you imagine your brother or sister who worked for
    a Congressman like Tim Murphy ..you are excited ..you are serving
    your country ..you hate abortion ..and think you are serving ..
    Then you find out he has had several affairs, in the latest affair
    he urges his lover to have an abortion …
    Are you responsible ???

  21. Those of you wringing your hands and whining about it being unfair should be aware that it was common knowledge among the coaching staff, as in all of them, that Sandusky was doing these unspeakable things.

  22. Tennessee football fans seem to be a lot like IU basketball fans. Your program is no longer glorious. You seem to have a vastly over inflated opinion of yourselves. You are no longer “big time.” you have to rebuild.

  23. A lot of people seem to be missing that Vol fans initially did not like (right or wrong) the Schiano hire for football reasons. The PSU/Sandusky association was just a convenient excuse for fan “outrage”.

  24. I loathe the Penn State program for what it hid from public just to win games and the ncaa to bennefit in any way, shape or form. Its not about any politacal affilliation. Knowing and doing nothing/saying nothing is beyond tragic. If u worked at pu for more then a week you had to have heard something at sometime. Please….

  25. I thought Schiano was a terrible choice when I first heard that he was the leading candidate, and I didn’t even know about his association with the Sandusky scandal. Tennessee players clearly didn’t like Butch Jones, so why did they think they should hire a guy who was a trainwreck with the Bucs in the NFL because his players didn’t like him? How does the UT athletic director not look at that and say “Nope!” ??

    UT fans messed up by using the Penn State stuff as the main reason they didn’t want him hired, when there is no definitive proof. Now the media is united against them. They easily could’ve protested because he is a copy of Butch Jones and he’s a terrible coach who the players hate…

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