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Protests Over Alleged Sandusky Scandal Involvement End Schiano Deal With Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is no longer pursuing hiring Greg Schiano as its head football coach after protests took the internet by storm today. Schiano is currently the defensive coordinator for Ohio State.

Schiano had reportedly reached an agreement earlier Sunday, but Tennessee officials backed out after the anticipated hiring sparked staunch outrage from Vols fans, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.

The outrage comes over an allegation of Schiano’s involvement in the Sandusky Scandal, which was included in court documents unsealed in July 2016 from a Penn State settlement lawsuit.

A deposition from Mike McQueary, whose own legal battle with the university is finally over, was included in the documents that were released. He said that in a discussion with then-former linebacker/special teams coach Tom Bradley, Bradley said Schiano came to his office “white as a ghost” in the early 1990s and said that he just saw Sandusky “doing something to the boy in the shower.” McQueary said that was all Bradley ever told him.

A representative for Bradley said in a statement, “At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior. Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80’s and 90’s. He has consistently testified as such. Any assertions to the contrary are false. When he became aware of the 2001 incident it had already been reported to the University administration years earlier.”

McQueary also stated uncertainty multiple times through the deposition while trying to recall details from encounters with Bradley, saying he “couldn’t remember everything” and “can’t remember every single time [he and Bradley] talked about Sandusky.” There was also no cross-examination of McQueary’s testimony in the court documents.

Schiano issued a response to the McQueary testimony in July 2016, saying “I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State” according to Adam Schefter.

“Although settlements have been reached, it also is important to reiterate that the alleged knowledge of former Penn State employees is not proven, and should not be treated as such,” Penn State President Eric Barron wrote addressing allegations like that against Schiano in a statement released shortly after the documents.

Despite this, national media and, more notably, Tennessee fans on Twitter, beg to differ.

For starters, a fan painted “Schiano covered up child rape at Penn State” on what’s famously called “the rock” on Tennessee’s campus.

Other Vols fans quickly unloaded on Twitter.

Fans apparently also protested in person, calling for the head (read: job) of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie. You can hear in the video below chants of “Fire Currie” as they march.

Even White House Press Secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders got in on the fun this time.

So here we are. Because of offhand allegations that aren’t mentioned anywhere else through countless depositions and testimony from the legal fallout of the Sandusky Scandal, it looks Greg Schiano won’t be a Vol after all.

This about sums it up:

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Elissa Hill

Elissa was the managing editor of Onward State from 2017-2019. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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