Sunday was an interesting day on Rocky Top as Tenessee Vols AD John Currie attempted to hire Greg Schiano as the new football coach.
That was met with unprecedented backlash and protest from the fan base and the deal was off within hours. Schiano, now defensive coordinator at Ohio State, was mentioned in a court testimonial regarding the Penn State Football child molestation case with Jerry Sandusky.
Fans blocked the hire by protesting on social media and on campus Sunday evening.
Now, Tennessee is still in need of a coach, and according to Bruce Feldman the University might be in need of another athletic director.
Am told there’s increasing pressure now from big-money #Vols boosters to force #Tennessee AD John Currie out in the wake of Sunday’s news. UT source told me: “This is such a hot mess. Just when you think they’ve gotten out of the ditch. They’ve fallen into a much bigger one.”
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
Lots of pressure on John Currie to resign today from many big time boosters. Bunch of turmoil in Athletic Department. #Tennessee
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 27, 2017
Currie released a statement discussing the process in which Schiano was vetted for the job.
John Currie releases a statement, claims Tennessee “carefully vetted” Greg Schiano: pic.twitter.com/sF0knywolV
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) November 27, 2017
I don’t think there’s any way Currie would win back the trust inside the athletic department. Folks inside the department were already iffy on the decision to hire Currie in April when what seemed like a no-brainer decision, in David Blackburn, was available.
We discussed the situation in length Monday morning on AtoZ Sports.
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