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Tennessee athletic director John Currie released the following statement on Monday regarding the Vols coaching search and the candidacy of current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

As we began our search for our next head football coach earlier this month, I promised that I would pour all my energy and effort into this process.

I have followed Coach Schiano's accomplishments throughout his career and have been fortunate to get to know him and his family over the last several years. As reported by the media, he was a leading candidate for our position. Among the most respected professional and college football coaches, he is widely regarded as an outstanding leader who develops tough, competitive teams and cares deeply about his student-athletes.

We carefully interviewed and vetted him, as we do candidates for all positions. He received the highest recommendations for character, family values and commitment to academic achievement and student-athlete welfare from his current and former athletics directors, players, coaching colleagues and experienced media figures.

Coach Schiano worked at Penn State from 1990-1995. Consequently, we, of course, carefully reviewed the 2012 investigation report by Louis Freeh. Coach Schiano is not mentioned in the Freeh report and was not one of the more than 400 people interviewed in the investigation. We also confirmed that Coach Schiano was never deposed and never asked to testify in any criminal or civil matter. And, we conferred with our colleagues at The Ohio State University, who had conducted a similar inquiry after the 2016 release of testimony. I know that Coach Schiano will continue to have great success in his coaching career and wish him and his family well.

I am grateful for your patience as our search for the next leader for the Tennessee football program continues, and I look forward to making that introduction soon.
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thecoachcarter79 months
Schiano would have been a great hire...too bad the moonshiners of Vol nation use their "magic 8-ball" and spray paint inhalant to influence their head coach choices.
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VooDude80 months
Like my imaginary cat tells me: damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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BamaRoo80 months
Nothing but praises for Schiano and how he did due-diligence in the search, then---BOOM !---it hits a brick wall, he's wishing Schiano well for the future, anywhere but Tennessee and not a word about that brick wall he hit. What a schmuck !
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The Mick80 months
The AD was obviously comfortable with Schiano hire and didnt feel he had any part in the Penn St mess. He was overruled politically and had to make this statement.
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AtlantaLSUfan80 months
Man, that’s a good letter. Probably would have been better off not letting the hire news leak.
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3morereps80 months
fire him for choosing Schiano or fire hime for being pushed around by the fanbase, either way currie has to go.
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