Tennessee is 'close' to deal with Schiano, according to sources

Reports Amid protests Tennessee won't hire Schiano

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

Tennessee (4-8, 0-8 SEC) is coming off the worst season in program history.

First-year Tennessee athletic director John Currie fired fifth-year coach Butch Jones on November 12 with two games still remaining on the scheduled and launched a nationwide search for Jones' replacement.

Schiano spent the past two seasons at Ohio State's defensive coordinator. His best year as a head coach came in 2006 when Rutgers went 11-2. is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that Tennessee is "close" to a deal that would make Greg Schiano the Volunteers' next head football coach.

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After going from Rutgers to the NFL, Schiano wasn't almost as effective.

He won at least eight games in five of his last six seasons with the Scarlet Knights. At the time, Currie was at Kansas State managing the potential departure of Bill Snyder as head coach, which allowed him to treat almost every year like he was going through a coaching search.

Schiano developed a relationship with Currie when he was out of coaching for two seasons following his short tenure in Tampa.

So what's the reaction from the Volunteers fan base in hearing about their new head coach? He had been out of coaching since 2013, after he was sacked by the Buccaneers following an 11-21 tenure in two seasons.

This is a developing story.