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Report: Deal To Name Greg Schiano New Tennessee Coach “Wrapping Up”

Sunday Bloody Sunday?

Two Sundays removed from the firing of Butch Jones, all signs are pointing to a replacement finally in place in Knoxville.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman and former 247Sports writer John Brice are all echoing information that confirm John Currie’s hiring of the Ohio State defensive coordinator.

Things all started with the below bombshell from Wolken after a morning of rumors about Dan Mullen’s potential connections at Tennessee.



Although it seemingly came out of nowhere, Feldman quickly added on.



Vol fans went nuts. More on why in a moment. Brice, who doesn’t cover the Vols anymore but stays connected to the program with his blog, quickly offered a rebuttal, saying it was part of ongoing misdirection from inside in order to keep the media (and fans) guessing.



Brice has seemingly been well-connected in the coaching search, and this certainly breathed a sigh of relief into Vol fans… which was short lived.





WELL. That happened rather quickly. Soon after, Brice tweeted this:


Now, the outrage.

Schiano has a long list of stops, but one of his more notable tenures came during his time at Penn State from 1990-95. He was a grad assistant and defensive backs coach at Penn State under the late Joe Paterno, and was involved in the investigation into Jerry Sandusky and his abuse of multiple students.

Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary’s testimony in the investigated was unveiled in court, and in it, he said that former assistant coach Tom Bradley told him of a conversation between Bradley and Schiano in which Schiano saw one of the incidents in “the early 90s.”

“I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning — but that Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower,” McQueary said in his testimony. “And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.”

Schiano denied the allegations to ESPN, saying “I never saw any abuse nor had reason to suspect any abuse during my time at Penn State.”

This incident would contradict a statement made by Tennessee athletic director John Currie in his media release to announce Butch Jones’ firing.

“An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships.”

Is staying silent during one of the biggest scandals in sports history a sign of integrity? It was for Currie to decide, and it looks as though the answer is “yes.”

We’ll have more on the situation as details develop.

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