Tennessee reportedly closing in on hiring Greg Schiano to replace Butch Jones

Lynette Rowe
November 27, 2017

Tennessee officials hoped to announce the hiring of Schiano Sunday afternoon.

Schiano has thirteen years of head coaching experience, having coached in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and at the college level for Rutgers.

So what's the reaction from the Volunteers fan base in hearing about their new head coach?

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden was also among the targets of the Tennessee search, with CBS Sports reporting the school was willing to offer Gruden a deal that would pay him upwards of $10 million a year. Ohio State ranked No. 3 in scoring defense last season with Schiano as co-coordinator and is No. 8 in total defense this year.

He replaces Butch Jones after the Volunteers finished 4-8 and winless in the SEC this season. The Scarlet Knights made six bowl appearances under Schiano. He spent two seasons with Tampa Bay and went 11-21 before getting the ax after the 2013 season.

Naturally, this meant that head coach Butch Jones was out on his ass before the season even ended, replaced by interim coach and MI failure Brady Hoke. He had a 34-27 record in five seasons at Tennessee.

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