Hold everything. The marriage between Greg Schiano and Tennessee may be over before it ever officially started.
Multiple reports are hinting at the Vols and the Ohio State defensive coordinator calling off the agreement for Schiano to be the next Tennessee coach after extreme backlash from the Tennessee fan base, state government officials and even White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
According to a report from Grant Ramey of 247Sports, multiple sources have told him that Tennessee and Schiano are going to “walk away from the deal” as a result of the backlash.
The Read Optional’s Trey Wallace backs up that report, saying that he is hearing that the deal is off.
Greg Schiano will not be the Head Coach at Tennessee. It’s done.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 26, 2017
Chris Landry also says that the deal may be off.
I'm beginning to hear that TENNESSEE & GREG SCHIANO could be walking away from the agreement to make him the HC…..all tied to the backlash coming out as a result of it fan base and numerous political figures from within the state…..stay tuned
— Chris Landry (@LandryFootball) November 26, 2017
Long-time Vols reporter Jimmy Hyams reports that there was a press conference scheduled for Sunday night, but that it has been canceled. He does not go as far to say that the deal has fallen through, but he doesn’t deny the possibility either.
I am told Tennessee was going to have a press conference tonight to announce the hiring of Schiano but canceled it due to protests. Unsure if it will be rescheduled tomorrow or if the deal has fallen through. One prominent booster wasn't happy with Schiano hire.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 26, 2017
This is an unprecedented situation that remains fluid. More updates as they come.