Tennessee reportedly had a deal in place to make Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano its new coach on Sunday afternoon, but now multiple reports say that agreement is off.
However, things were apparently advanced enough that Schiano’s camp is looking for compensation from Tennessee for calling off the deal. That’s according to a report from Footballscoop.com.
According to a report from Bruce Feldman, the paperwork was “in progress” to make Schiano the next coach of Tennessee.
SOURCES: There is some talk going on now between Greg Schiano's reps & #Tennessee about an exit strategy of what has become a very volatile situation. Paperwork was in progress. “They’ve spooked them all,” said a source. "It's a hot mess."
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
“It’s a feeding frenzy here now,” a source told Feldman about the Schiano case. “It’s been a total uproar in this state. You have legislators, some big-time players who have gotten involved. It’s a hot mess.”
That would be virtually unprecedented in terms of coaching searches, but so was the backlash that Tennessee fans unleashed after the news of Schiano’s reported agreement surfaced on Sunday.
There were complaints and threats from fans, former players, media and even members of the state government. There was one particularly pointed protest to Schiano’s hiring, referencing Schiano’s alleged knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky scandal when he worked for Penn State from 1991-95.
Tennessee’s coaching search will march on from here.