The search for the next Tennessee Vols football coach will continue.
On Sunday morning, it appeared that Tennessee had found its man with reports that the Vols were finalizing a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
The news was met with immediate backlash and anger, stemming from previous court documents which revealed former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary said in a sworn testimony that Schiano had direct knowledge of the sexual abuse scandal involving his former boss, Jerry Sandusky.
Because of pressure from the fan base and negative reaction from the Vols faithful and Tennessee lawmakers, the school has pulled its deal.
Mark Schlabach of ESPN said:
Tennessee has backed out of a memorandum of understanding that would have made Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano its new head coach, according to ESPN’s Chris Low. Schiano and the Volunteers had reached an agreement earlier Sunday, but UT officials changed their minds after Schiano’s anticipated hiring was met with sharp criticism by UT fans.
Now, it’s back to the drawing board for the Vols and you have to wonder where the program goes from here.
Lane Kiffin, anyone?