The University of Tennessee is reportedly backing out of a deal with former Rutgers head coach and current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano amid fan backlash, according to Yahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer confirmed to ESPN that Tennessee contacted Schiano, and USA TODAY Sports first reported that the two sides were nearing a deal that would have made Schiano the next Volunteers head coach.
However, according to Thamel, there was significant backlash on social media, and a painted rock on the University of Tennessee campus that showed people were against Schiano's hire, given Schiano's alleged role in not properly reporting Jerry Sandusky's allegations of child molestation while at Penn State University.
Schiano, 51, went 68-67 in 11 seasons at Rutgers, leading the Scarlet Knights to a 5-1 record in Bowl games, including a win in the Texas Bowl in 2006 when they went 11-2. He left the university after the 2011 season to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach. He went 11-21 in two seasons at the NFL level.