You know a coaching search has gone awry when the chancellor of a university has to step in to offer the sentiment of deep regret.
That’s where we’re at with the Tennessee coaching search on Monday.
Following an official statement by Vols AD John Currie explaining his position on a failed attempt to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport followed with a statement of her own.
“I deeply regret the events of yesterday for everyone involved. The university remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence, and I look forward to John Currie continuing the search to bring the next head football coach to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.”
In case you’ve been under a rock for the last 24 hours, here’s a quick recap: Tennessee reportedly had an agreement in place with Greg Schiano to be its next head coach, but that plan was foiled by an uprising of Tennessee fans who protested the move, in part, based on his association with Penn State during the tenure of convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also weighed in with a negative take on hiring Schiano.
An important note for those who feel Currie has botched the coaching search beyond repair: Davenport went out of her way to give Currie a vote of confidence in this search.
We all know what that typically means for the coaching-A.D. relationship, but does that hold true in the A.D.-chancellor world as well? Time will tell.