Greg Schiano will be named Tennessee’s head coach on Sunday, USA Today‘s Dan Wolken is reporting.
FootballScoop reported Saturday that Schiano was a top option for Tennessee, stating, “We have heard from sources throughout the week that Currie feels comfortable with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano if he needs to go there.”
FootballScoop also reported on Schiano’s candidacy back on Monday, saying, “Some in the profession reached out to us today to say don’t discount Schiano’s chances. Some we’ve spoken with today said Currie believes if some other things don’t fall into place that Schiano could be the guy.”
Tennessee is finalizing the deal with Schiano. Hopes to name him later today, per person with direct knowledge.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 26, 2017
The Tennessee fan base publicly and repeatedly clamored for Jon Gruden to fill the vacancy, but in the end AD John Currie opted for a different former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach.
Schiano is best known at the college level for his turnaround effort at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were the worst major college football program at the time of Schiano’s 2001 arrival, and he led the club to an 11-2 mark and a No. 12 final ranking in 2006. Schiano parlayed his success into the Bucs’ head job. He lasted but two years there and rejoined the college game as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator in 2016.
Schiano, 51, helped Ohio State reached the College Football Playoff last season and has the Buckeyes on the cusp of sneaking in again this fall. The No. 9 Buckeyes meet No. 5 Wisconsin for the Big Ten title on Saturday, and with a win could return to the CFP.
Tennessee completed its 2017 season with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Vols finished 4-8; it was the program’s first 8-loss season ever and first winless SEC campaign.
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