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

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

Schiano coached at Rutgers prior to his stint with the Bucs, and has been working as the defensive coordinator for Ohio State the past few seasons, so the move back to being a college head coach is not surprising.

Tennessee officials hoped to announce the hiring of Schiano Sunday afternoon. The defeat ended UT's year at 4-8, the first eight-loss season in program history.

The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on November 12, the day after they lost 50-17 at Missouri to fall to 0-6 in SEC play.

Schiano left Rutgers to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.

Schiano brings a pedigree as a program builder, as he resurrected Rutgers from a century of bad football to make them a nationally competitive program.

The 51-year-old Schiano coached Rutgers from 2001 to 2011. Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to bowl wins in four straight seasons from 2006-09. He coached in the National Football League for two seasons.

Schiano spent the past two seasons at Ohio State's defensive coordinator.

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

Was Schiano being considered throughout the coaching search?

Greg Schiano will be the next head coach at Tennessee, according to Yahoo Sports sources.

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