Tennessee Vols football fans are not thrilled about the potential of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano becoming the program’s next head coach.
On Sunday morning, reports emerged that the Vols were finalizing a deal with Schiano, who has previous head coaching experience with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The reports were immediately met with backlash.
And now, it’s getting even worse.
Since the news began circulating, a trio of Tennessee lawmakers have spoken out against the potential hire, even going as far as to contact the university to share their opposition.
State Representative Jason Zachary tweeted:
— Rep. Jason Zachary (@JasonZacharyTN) November 26, 2017
Another State Representative, Eddie Smith, stated:
Our Tennessee standards mean something, and a Greg Schiano hire would be anathema to all that our University and our community stand for. I sincerely hope that these rumors are not true, because even serious consideration would be unacceptable.
— Eddie Smith (@RepEddieSmith) November 26, 2017
Add Jeremy Faison’s name to the list of state reps who are having nothing to do with a potential Schiano hiring:
@UTKnoxville if you hire him, the backlash will be insurmountable and devastating to the University and the state.
— Rep. Jeremy Faison (@JeremyFaison4TN) November 26, 2017
Oh, and even the mayor is chiming in.
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) November 27, 2017
The backlash does not stem from Schiano’s ability as a coach, but rather a sworn court testimony by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary which indicated Schiano, who was then an assistant under disgraced Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, had direct knowledge of Sandusky’s abuse.
It is going to be interesting to see if the negative reaction from the loyal Vols fan base leads to Tennessee bailing on the Schiano negotiations and looking in a different direction.