Greg Schiano's name has surfaced as a potential candidate for the open head coach position at the University of Tennessee. That's after a report Tennessee may be finalizing a deal with with the Ohio State University defensive coordinator.
Tennessee House of Representatives, Rep. Eddie Smith (R-Tenn.), said he hopes the rumors about Schiano becoming head coach of Tennessee are not true.
Our Tennessee standards mean something, and a Greg Schiano hire would be anathema to all that our University and our community stand for. I sincerely hope that these rumors are not true, because even serious consideration would be unacceptable.— Eddie Smith (@RepEddieSmith) November 26, 2017
Rep. Jason Zachary (R-Tenn.) said he has reach out to the UT Athletic Director John Currie about the potential head coach shift.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett called on AD Currie and Chancellor Davenport to reconsider.
Former quarterback for the Vols, Heath Shuler, said he's excited to hear the news of Schiano potentially becoming head coach.
Very excited, to hear the news on the hiring of coach Greg Schiano! pic.twitter.com/GDYjHZCrko— Heath Shuler (@HeathShuler5) November 26, 2017
However, Shuler shortly changed his position on the potential hire a few hours after the protest and wants to support the players.
Trying to be positive after several years of ups and downs. Our players need our support. Didn’t know about Penn St issues. Go Vols.— Heath Shuler (@HeathShuler5) November 27, 2017
A third East Tennessee lawmaker is speaking out against the University of Tennessee as well. Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Tenn.) said the "backlash will be insurmountable" to the state and to the University of Tennessee.
@UTKnoxville if you hire him, the backlash will be insurmountable and devastating to the University and the state.— Jeremy Faison (@JeremyFaison4TN) November 26, 2017
Sen. Frank Niceley wants to hear from UT Athletics soon about the potential UT coaching hire.
Right now on Twitter and across most of social media, both hashtags #ShianoUT and #SchiaNO are both trending. Some lifelong Vol fans say they do not want to see Greg Schiano as the new face of Tennessee football.
Many fans are shuffling to Neyland Stadium now as they disagree with the potential hiring of Schiano.
A small group is starting to get together at Neyland Stadium to protest a potential hiring of Greg Schiano. More cars are pulling up as I tweet. pic.twitter.com/urTpCvmvll— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) November 26, 2017
As of Sunday at 4:30 p.m., a security guard on UT campus said he and other guards have been informed to work today because of a Tennessee football team meeting later tonight.
Just spoke to a security guard at the athletic center. Says they've been informed to work today because of a Tennessee football team meeting later tonight.— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) November 26, 2017
Been told there are about 11 security guards posted around the athletic center.— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) November 26, 2017
Rep. Jason Zachary sent a thank you to all who have emailed UT about the potential coaching hire.
Thank you to all those who have emailed regarding UT’s football hire. I can’t reply to so many emails but please know I’m working on your behalf. #HigherStandards— Rep. Jason Zachary (@JasonZacharyTN) November 26, 2017
Three businesses have come out to say Greg Schiano is not allowed in their stories. Remedy Coffee, Hops and Hollers and the International are showing their distaste for the potential head coach.
Greg Schiano is not allowed in our venue— The International (@IntlKnox) November 26, 2017
Greg Schiano is not allowed in our establishment.— Remedy Coffee (@remedy_coffee) November 26, 2017
Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell has also responded to the potential hire of Greg Schiano.
One of the candidates running for governor of Tennessee said he hopes the rumors about Greg Schiano are not true.
We expect the highest standards for our public institutions. The special few chosen to lead within those institutions should have a demonstrated history of integrity and character. I hope today’s rumors are not true, because protecting children is more important than anything.— Bill Lee (@BillLeeTN) November 26, 2017
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