Report: Tennessee cancels Greg Schiano press conference due to protests

By Jesse Reed

The Tennessee Volunteers were reportedly set to officially announce the hiring of Greg Schiano, but protests have put a damper on all that.

In fact, Jimmy Hyams of Sports Radio WNML reports the press conference has been cancelled. He also reports at least one prominent booster wasn’t happy with the hire, and he’s not sure if the press conference has been rescheduled or if the deal has fallen through.

Many protesters made it clear that Schiano’s involvement in the Penn State sex abuse scandal was not acceptable.

And at least one local politician isn’t happy about the hire.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how things turn out going forward. The fact that the university is at least pressing the pause button on making the announcement tells us that it is at least momentarily reconsidering whether it’s prudent to make this hire.

Schiano has been the defensive coordinator at Ohio State the past two years. He had a run of success at Rutgers, posting a 68-67 record as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach from 2001-2011.