Tennessee was the talk of the college football world on Sunday. The Vols fan base, including prominent state government officials, banded together to protest the reported hiring of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano as Butch Jones’ permanent replacement in Knoxville.
And in an unprecedented turn of events, it appears as though their voices have been heard and the deal that was nearly finalized has been called off.
In addition to social media tactics, Vols fans also took to a more traditional form of voicing an opinion for the fan base– painting “The Rock” on campus with a topical message.
On Sunday, the message was harsh and perhaps unfair to Greg Schiano. In reference to his time as an assistant coach on the Penn State staff at the time of Jerry Sandusky’s heinous crimes:
Here is what The Rock has to say… pic.twitter.com/snSjZkvx8P
— GoVolsXtra (@GoVolsXtra) November 26, 2017
By early Monday morning, the message about Schiano had been painted over to move to the next talking points for the fan base.
Check it out:
We're back on campus this morning with reaction after the reported deal in the works with Greg Schiano to be head coach at UT. Live on GMT. The rock has been repainted with #FireCurrie. #WATE pic.twitter.com/F8JCPAlqxz
— Whitney Burks Good (@WhitneyGoodWATE) November 27, 2017
The message about the “wrong” Buccaneers coach refers to trying to hire Schiano instead of Jon Gruden, who is another former Tampa Bay head coach that is a fan-favorite in Knoxville.
The second message about firing John Currie in the fallout of the events that transpired yesterday is a chilling one. The fan base displayed its power in breaking up that deal on Sunday, and if they unite in the sentiment that the Vols athletic director is at fault there could be similar actions in regards to his job status.
What a time to be a Tennessee football fan in Knoxville. What a time for all of us to be following the SEC coaching carousel.