Former Rutgers coach and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Greg Schiano, has become a favorite in the search for Tennessee coaches in the last 24 hours , a person with knowledge of the USA TODAY Sports situation.

That person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke with USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity.

As the Tennessee search has evolved, Schiano has become the center of a process that has also involved Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who has been delaying with the Vols in an attempt to wait and see what It happens with the opening in Florida.

Schiano, who is currently the defensive coordinator for the state of Ohio, has a long-standing relationship with athletic director John Currie.

Schiano went 68-67 for 11 seasons at Rutgers, but the record is misleading as he inherited one of the worst shows in the country and featured him in the Big East with six bowl appearances in his last seven seasons.

After rejecting the interest of several high profile university programs, including Michigan at one point, Schiano went to the NFL after the 2011 season. He was fired after two seasons and subsequently returned to the college game in 2016 with staff of the state of Ohio.