Tennessee has a Plan B if its coaching search doesn’t end with one of its top options coming to Knoxville.
That would be Ohio State defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Chiano, according to a report from Football Scoop. Schiano is in his third season in Columbus under head coach Urban Meyer.
Here’s what Football Scoop had to say in its latest update in relation to Schiano and the Vols.
“Some in the profession reached out to us today to say don’t discount Schiano’s chances. Some we’ve spoken with today said [Tennessee athletic director John] Currie believes if some other things don’t fall into place that Schiano could be the guy.”
Schiano joined Ohio State in 2015 after a two-year stint as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who posted a 7-9 record in 2012 before falling to 4-12 in 2013.
The bulk of his head coaching experience came in 11 seasons with Rutgers from 2001-11. The Scarlet Knights went 68-67 overall, but they improved dramatically during his last seven seasons.
During that time, the program went 56-33, highlighted by an 11-2 campaign in 2006 that saw Rutgers ranked as highly as No. 7 in the AP poll.