Tennessee finalizing deal with Greg Schiano to become head coach

Report: Tennessee finalizing deal with Greg Schiano to become head coach

Tennessee fired Butch Jones on November 12 after they dropped to 0-6 in SEC play.

It now appears that's coming to a culmination.

Although Schiano has been an assistant at Ohio State the last two seasons, he posted a 68-67 record as Rutgers' head coach from 2001-11 and had an unsuccessful two-year stint coaching the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So this can't be considered too much of a surprise. He had a 34-27 record in five seasons at Tennessee. After falling out the National Football League trap door, Schiano then served time as a high school coach until getting a job under Urban Meyer.

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The school is working through the final contract details, as athletic director John Currie traveled to Columbus to finalize the deal on Sunday afternoon.

There also seems to be a misunderstanding of the disaster Schiano inherited at Rutgers, when he went 3-20 in his first two seasons and had four straight losing seasons before taking Rutgers to six bowls in seven years.

This hire likely won't do much to inspire a fan base in Knoxville that has not had a lot to cheer about recently. Highly unlikely. The hire probably means the Vols missed out on some of their leading candidates.

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