KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee athletic director John Currie is defending the process of his coaching search and vouching for the character of Greg Schiano one day after negotiations between the two parties broke down amid public backlash.
After public outcry and campus protests — including government officials protesting on Twitter — Tennessee will no longer hire Greg Schiano as the Volunteers’ next football coach, sources tell ESPN’s Chris Low.
Currie issued a statement Monday acknowledging that the Ohio State defensive coordinator was a leading candidate for the Volunteers’ coaching vacancy without explaining why the two sides parted ways.
Currie said Tennessee “carefully interviewed and vetted” Schiano and that the former Rutgers and NFL coach “received the highest recommendations.”
The school and Schiano were close to an agreement Sunday before the deal fell apart after a protest on campus and complaints on social media from fans, state representatives and gubernatorial candidates.
Tennessee is looking to fill its coaching vacancy following the Nov. 12 firing of Butch Jones.