Tennessee retracted a memorandum of understanding with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the next volunteer soccer coach, sources told ESPN's Chris Low.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by both parties on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, and the school had planned to present Schiano at a press conference on Sunday night.
But when news came that Tennessee was close to closing a deal with Schiano the previous Sunday, there were public protests among Tennessee fans, citing his alleged connection to the Jerry Sandusky era at Penn State.
About 100 people gathered on the Tennessee campus to protest against a potential employee of Schiano, and many of them carried banners with various messages such as "Schia-NO"
. Rock on campus where students often paint multiple messages, the words "Schiano concealed child rape at Penn State" appeared on Sunday.
Schiano, defensive coordinator of Urban Meyer in the state of Ohio for the past two seasons, and Tom Bradley, defensive coordinator under UCLA's recently fired coach Jim Mora, both were Penn State badistants under Joe Paterno during Sandusky's tenure .
Both have denied allegations of their knowledge of child abuse by Sandusky of a 2015 deposition by former Pennsylvania State Aide Mike McQueary. The accusations were made public in July 2016, at which time both Meyer and Mora defended the integrity of their badistants.
Among those against Schiano's hiring were several Tennessee government officials.
"The football coach at the University of Tennessee is the highest-paid state employee," said Tennessee State Representative Jeremy Faison. "They're the face of our state, we do not need a man who has that kind of potential reproach. in his life as the highest-paid state employee, it's atrocious for people and it's a mistake for taxpayers. "
Faison was one of at least three state representatives who went to Twitter or issued statements criticizing the possibility of Tennessee hiring Schiano. Republican candidates for governor Mae Beavers, Diane Black, Beth Harwell and Bill Lee also conveyed their objections to a Schiano rental.
State Rep. Eddie Smith tweeted that "a Greg Schiano lease would be anathema to all that our University and our community for. & # 39; & # 39;
Our Tennessee standards mean something, and a rent Greg Schiano would be anathema to everything our University and our community represent, and I sincerely hope these rumors are not true, because even a serious consideration would be unacceptable.
– Eddie Smith (@RepEddieSmith) November 26 of 2017
Scott Paterno, son of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in the middle of the Sandusky scandal and died shortly thereafter, tweeted that Tennessee would be lucky to get Schiano.
The Volunteers fired Butch Jones On November 12, the day after they lost 50-17 in Missouri to fall to 0-6 in the SEC, he had a record of 34-27 in five seasons in Tennessee. Vande rbilt 42-24 to finish 4-8, 0-8 in the SEC, his first season of eight defeats in the history of the school and his first campaign without victories in the SEC.
Last year, Tennessee reached a $ 2.48 million settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by a with a group of women who sued the school for the way they handled their allegations of badual badault by student-athletes. The lawsuit alleged that the school violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile badual environment" through a policy of indifference toward student-athlete badaults.
Mark Schlabach, Chris Low and The Associated Press of ESPN contributed to this report.