Tennessee settles on other ex-Bucs coach: Greg Schiano's back

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

The 51-year-old has been on the Buckeyes' staff the past two years after head coaching stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers. Now he'll try his hand against a new Volunteers head man.

The Jon Gruden rumors yet again were just that, and Tennessee is picking another former Buccaneers head coach.

Schiano, 51, is now the defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

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. The Volunteers then lost their final two games to finish 4-8 overall and 0-8 in the conference.

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. Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to bowl wins in four straight seasons from 2006-09.

While fans will always argue about the merits of a coaching hire on the field, reports that the school was finalizing a deal to hire Schiano caused widespread backlash from the fan base, with the majority pointing to that testimony as the biggest reasons Tennessee couldn't bring him into the program.

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

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