Tennessee is 'close' to deal with Schiano, according to sources

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UT reportedly was finalizing a deal with the Ohio State defensive coordinator on Sunday to take over as leader of the football program.

Ironically, some Tennessee fans were hoping another former Tampa Bay coach - Jon Gruden - would become Butch Jones' replacement.

After going from Rutgers to the NFL, Schiano wasn't almost as effective. The question is whether Schiano is the right culture fit for the Vols, but if Tennessee wasn't able to lure in the top names on the possible coaching market like Dan Mullen (apparently headed to Florida), Chip Kelly (signed on with UCLA), Scott Frost (likely headed to Nebraska or staying at UCF), and with Gruden always being a pipe dream, Schiano isn't a bad hire like many will say. In 2006, Schiano went 11-2 at Rutgers and won numerous national coach of the year awards.

Along with working in the National Football League for two seasons, Schiano has become a close confidant of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and Schiano spent considerable time with him during his two years out of coaching.

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Schiano told ESPN "I never saw any abuse nor had reason to suspect any abuse during my time at Penn State". However, before Schiano resurrected Rutgers in the 2000s, he was an assistant coach with Penn State from 1990-95, when he overlapped with disgraced coach Jerry Sandusky. From there, he worked for the Chicago Bears and as the defensive coordinator for the University of Miami before accepting the head coaching job at Rutgers.

Schiano developed a relationship with Currie when he was out of coaching for two seasons following his short tenure in Tampa.

Schiano was not the former Buccaneers coach many Vols expected to be announced as their new head coach.

This is a developing story.

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