Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano signed an agreement with Tennessee to become their next head football coach following the season Sunday afternoon. It was short lived, however, as the majority of the fan base in Knoxville resisted the signing due to Schiano’s tie with Jerry Sandusky during his time as a Penn State assistant coach.
While there was never any hard evidence against Schiano, his name did come up when everything came out.
Mike McQueary, a Penn State assistant coach whose testimony led to Sandusky spending life in prison, said that Tom Bradley, another assistant, told him that Schiano witnessed Sandusky raping a child in the showers in the early 1990s.
A: [Bradley] said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ‘90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had—someone had come to him as far back as early as the ‘80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy.
Q: Did he identify who the other coaches were that had given him this information?
A: The one in the early ‘90s, yes.
Q: And who was that?
A: Greg Schiano.
Q: Greg Schiano?
Q: And did he give you any details about what Coach Schiano had reported to him?
A: No, only that he had—I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning, but that Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower.
Both Bradley and Schiano released statements saying they were unaware of Sandusky’s actions.
However, this was not enough, for the Vols’ faithful. The hiring was met by a series of protests across campus and throughout the state. Even four of the five candidates running for governor vocalized their resistance to the hiring.
The Rock on UT's campus. pic.twitter.com/aG3BXrkKOW
— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) November 26, 2017
Regardless of where you stand on this, it’s a bad look for the University of Tennessee as a whole. Not just from a football perspective, but for the entire university.