Tennessee fans react negatively to Greg Schiano

Schiano coached at Rutgers prior to his stint with the Bucs, and has been working as the defensive coordinator for Ohio State the past few seasons, so the move back to being a college head coach is not surprising. The Volunteers lost to Vanderbilt 42-24 to finish 4-8, 0-8 in the SEC, their first eight-loss season in school history and their first winless campaign in the SEC.

Tennessee is seeking a new coach after the November 12 firing of Butch Jones, who went 34-27 overall and 14-24 in Southeastern Conference competition in five seasons.

After going from Rutgers to the NFL, Schiano wasn't almost as effective.

He returned to coaching in December of 2015 when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hired him as the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator.

The 51-year-old Schiano coached Rutgers from 2001 to 2011. He directed the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games in his final seven years there. His NFL tenure was brief, with a 11-21 record and some tumult.

Then, in 2016, Schiano was implicated as a possible witness in the Penn State child rape scandal.

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Schiano's time as an assistant coach at Penn State in the early 1990's has been the subject of controversy.

Was Schiano being considered throughout the coaching search?

The New Jersey native has never coached in the Southeastern Conference before.

So what's the reaction from the Volunteers fan base in hearing about their new head coach?

This is a developing story.

  • Lawrence Cooper