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:
Another State Representative, Eddie Smith, stated:
Add Jeremy Faison’s name to the list of state reps who are having nothing to do with a potential Schiano hiring:
Oh, and even the mayor is chiming in.
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.