UT search for a head coach riles political leaders, fans and more.
Okay, the first clue that Ohio State asst. coach Greg Schiano was not a wise choice to be the Vols next head football coach, might have been his connection to the worse scandal in college football history — the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky Pedophilia crime.
This was the headline from the Washington Post from July 2016:
Oh, and let’s make sure our friends in the MSM sports world and the hard-left leaning/failing ESPN apologists understand what we are talking about. Schiano was involved. We ignorant hillbillies just didn’t know about it until deposition transcripts were released last year and Vol fans discovered that info on Sunday. Schiano was described by a fellow Penn State coach as “ashen faced”when he saw coach Sandusky (who is now in prison) doing unspeakably horrible things to a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers. Schiano latter denied it in a tweet, but not under oath. He didn’t resign at the time and there is no record of him every reporting the crime to the police. What a guy! He is just the sort of mentor of young athletes that every parent wants guiding their sons on the gridiron!
But the geniuses in the UT administration thought that PEDOPHILIA issues were just water under the bridge. NO problem. Will never come up.
That is until the customer base of the wealthiest football program in the SEC (aka, Vol fans) rose up in justifiable indignation and demanded the deal that had been crafted in secret be trashed. It took all of about 3-4 hours to accomplish that last Sunday afternoon.
Thank God for “ignorant rednecks” who still possess a moral compass.
Soon-to-be-ex-Athletic Director John Currie and other UT leaders were gob-smacked. Why, hadn’t they received the enthusiastic endorsement for Schiano from Jimmy Haslam (who once had Schiano as one of his two finalists for the head coaching job for the Cleveland Browns)? Considering the abysmal record of the Browns over the last two years, may a pedophile enabler would have been the better choice. This is the same Haslam who jammed through the hiring of Disastrous Dereck Dooley as head coach a few years ago. And who reportedly signed-off on the hiring of Cincinnati’s Butch Jones. (What is it with all these people with Ohio connections? What did Tennessee ever do to piss off Ohio?).
And isn’t Jimmy Haslam’s brother Gov. Bill “Kid” Haslam the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees? “Slam dunk”, right? Except that particular sports metaphor is a basketball term. And this is Futball, dammit!
And we would be remiss if we did not mention that 4 of the 5 Republican governor candidates issued releases last Sunday condemning the proposed hiring of Schiano. One GOP candidate did not — Randy Boyd. The same Randy Boyd who is the business partner of — wait for it — Jimmy Haslam. See a pattern here? Maybe Chip should tell Randy that checking your manhood at the door because the Haslams want you too is not a particularly good way to instill confidence in your ability to lead Tennessee as governor, especially the 100,000 voters who regularly show up at Neyland Stadium.
Currie claimed he thoroughly vetted Schiano before his secret offer of the job. What did he use to uncover Schiono’s background — a Ouija Board?? Every member of the RTP crew googled “Schiano Sandusky Penn State” and immediately got multiple disgusting hits. Currie apparently used tea leaves and rune sticks. And now Tennessee’s name is smeared because of his incompetence and/or willful ignorance.