Tennessee reportedly "finalizing the deal" with Greg Schiano

Tennessee reportedly

Tennessee reportedly "finalizing the deal" with Greg Schiano

Schiano is now assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

It appears the Tennessee Volunteers have made a decision on who will be their next Head Coach.

According to USA Today's Dan Wolken, the Vols are finalizing a deal with former Bucs and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, now on staff at Ohio State, with the announcement expected later on Sunday. Schiano spent a little over a decade as the head coach of Rutgers University.

The Tennessee Volunteers have reportedly finalized a deal that would put Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano as the new head coach.

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Schiano brings a pedigree as a program builder, as he resurrected Rutgers from a century of bad football to make them a nationally competitive program. Ohio State ranked No. 3 in scoring defense last season with Schiano as co-coordinator and is No. 8 in total defense this year.

Schiano was 68-67 at Rutgers, but took the Scarlet Knights to a bowl game in six of his final seven seasons. The Vols must've been anxious some other big name college program or National Football League team was going to hire Schiano before they could.

Was Schiano being considered throughout the coaching search? Snyder still hasn't left, but Currie had the ability to network and get to know potential candidates in a relaxed setting.

Schiano was hired by the Buccaneers following the 2011 season, but he was sacked after two seasons with an 11-21 record.

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