News of Tennessee’s potential hire of Greg Schiano as the new Tennessee head coach is being panned by many Vols fans, citing court testimony that Schiano had knowledge of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse at Penn State. According to The Washington Post, former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary testified Schiano was one of several coaches who knew about Sandusky’s abuse.
The Washington Post detailed former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary’s testimony in a 2016 article.
McQueary, who testified in Sandusky’s 2012 criminal case that he had told [Joe] Paterno of seeing Sandusky rape a boy in 2001, said in the 2015 deposition that he had ‘briefly’ discussed with [Former Penn State assistant Tom Bradley] what he had seen.
‘He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ’90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had — someone had come to him as far back as early as the ’80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy,’ McQueary said.
According to McQueary, Bradley identified Schiano, now the Ohio State defensive coordinator, as the other assistant. In response to a question about whether Bradley had shared details of what Schiano had said, McQueary related a conversation with Bradley.
‘No,’ McQueary replied, according to the documents, ‘only that he had — I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning — but that Greg [Schiano] had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower. And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.’
Schiano began as a Penn State graduate assistant in 1990 then was promoted to defensive backs coach in 1995. In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Schiano denied he had witnessed Sandusky’s abuse.
“I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State,” Schiano told ESPN.
The potential hire has caused Tennessee state representatives to publicly voice their disapproval of Schiano. Rep. Jason Zachary tweeted he has reached out to Tennessee athletic director John Currie to try to stop the hire. Zachary tweeted the following:
I have reached out to @John_Currie and others in administration at UT expressing that WE as a TN Community do not approve of Schiano. #higherstandards
Rep. Eddie Smith tweeted out a similar statement.
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.
In case you are wondering, Merriam-Webster defines anathema as someone “intensely disliked or loathed.”
There are also football reasons for fans skepticism. Schiano’s most recent tenure as a head coach did not go well. Schiano spent two seasons (2012-2013) as the Tampa Bay Bucs head coach, going 11-21 before being fired. Those looking for hope in Schiano coming to Knoxville could look at his time as Rutgers head coach, and point to the NFL being much different than college football.
Schiano spent 11 seasons as Rutgers head coach, enjoying the most success the program has seen in decades. Schiano won at least eight games in four out of his final five seasons at Rutgers. Schiano has spent the last two seasons at Ohio State serving as defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.
Despite Schiano’s denial of the court testimony, many Tennessee fans are angered by the potential hire. Here was some of Twitter’s reaction to the news of Tennessee hiring Schiano.