Schiano's history is shoddy, predominantly a stint at Penn State during the early 1990s, and it didn't help that former coach Mike McQueary stated a year ago that Schiano was aware of the sex scandal involving Jerry Sandusky.
Tennessee is seeking a new coach after the November 12 firing of Butch Jones, who went 34-27 overall and 14-24 in Southeastern Conference competition in five seasons.
Yes, apparently Greg Schiano is still, somehow, a respected and known name in college football, despite obtaining mediocrity with Rutgers and using that "success" to go crash and burn with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers way back in 2013.
The school is working through the final contract details, as athletic director John Currie traveled to Columbus to finalize the deal on Sunday afternoon. The defeat ended UT's year at 4-8, the first eight-loss season in program history.More news: Black Friday sales push Jeff Bezos' net worth over $100bn
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Schiano brings a pedigree as a program builder, as he resurrected Rutgers from a century of bad football to make them a nationally competitive program.
So what's the reaction from the Volunteers fan base in hearing about their new head coach?
Schiano is now Ohio State's defensive coordinator, be he has a relationship with Tennessee athletic director John Currie. His NFL tenure was brief, with a 11-21 record and some tumult. At the time, Currie was at Kansas State managing the potential departure of Bill Snyder as head coach, which allowed him to treat almost every year like he was going through a coaching search.