USA Today’s Dan Wolken had a strong take about how some Tennessee fans’ behavior hurt the perception of the Volunteers’ program.
Where to begin with the Sunday whirlwind after reports surfaced that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was finalizing an agreement to become the Vounteers’ next coach? There was online outrage. There were protests in Knoxville. “Wild” doesn’t begin to describe the situation.
Late Sunday night, Wolken had a quality thought in his latest column that the aggressive behavior shown by some Vols fans harmed the Volunteers. Check out part of his piece:
What Tennessee fans don’t understand is that their behavior Sunday hurt the program. If Schiano and Tennessee indeed finalize an agreement (it hadn’t happened by 7 p.m. ET on Sunday), it’s a marriage that starts out on terrible footing. If they go their separate ways, Tennessee’s fan base will forever carry the stain inside the profession of being crybabies for whom nothing is good enough.
That take is fair. It’s hard to remember another time when there was such intense backlash for a hire. No matter the outcome of this situation, it won’t be the prettiest result for Tennessee.