Tennessee reportedly "finalizing the deal" with Greg Schiano

Tennessee reportedly

Multiple reports have stated the University of Tennessee has been working on a deal to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator, Greg Schiano, as the new head coach of the Vols.

Schiano became the focus of the Volunteers' search after Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen reportedly reached agreement to become the new head coach at Florida.

Schiano has vehemently denied knowledge and the only link to him and the crimes of Sandusky was an unsubstantiated claim offered in court by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary. His Ohio State defense has since piqued the interest of Tennessee, which has a history of making such brilliant coaching hires as Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.

There also seems to be a misunderstanding of the disaster Schiano inherited at Rutgers, when he went 3-20 in his first two seasons and had four straight losing seasons before taking Rutgers to six bowls in seven years.

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Tennessee fired Butch Jones on November 12 after they dropped to 0-6 in SEC play.

Tennessee (4-8, 0-8 SEC) ended its season Saturday with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt.

Jones had a 34-27 record in five seasons at Tennessee.

Along with working in the National Football League for two seasons, Schiano has become a close confidant of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and Schiano spent considerable time with him during his two years out of coaching.