Not quite a firing, but…

…I think this is the strangest football story (college or pro) I’ve seen so far this season. I didn’t know anything about it until this morning when I checked my phone: Mike the Musicologist had pinged me overnight, but the media wasn’t covering this when I wrote last night’s loser/firings update.

But I digress. As you know, Bob, Tennessee fired Butch Jones a few weeks ago. So they’ve been looking for a replacement, and found one…

…Greg Schiano, current defensive coordinator with Ohio State.

The name “Greg Schiano” may ring some bells with longtime readers. Gregg Easterbrook had serious issues with Mr. Schiano during his previous coaching tenures, which include a stint at Tampa Bay (where he was fired after going 11-21) and at Rutgers for 11 years before that (where he was 68-67). Most of Easterbrook’s issues seemed to be with Mr. Schiano’s alleged lack of “sportsmanship”: Mr. Schiano famously bragged about telling his teams to disrupt kneel-down plays.

Anyway. The university apparently signed a “memorandum of understanding” with Mr. Schiano, and word got out on Sunday.

Hilarity ensued. If by “hilarity” you mean “a massive s–t fit”.

Tennessee students, fans, and some political figures did not like the idea of hiring Mr. Schiano. At least part of the objection seems to be that Mr. Sciano’s previous coaching stints also include a stop at Penn State during the Sandusky era.

Schiano was known in the NFL as being a domineering leader with a challenging personality.

Giggle. Snort.

A slew of state politicians spoke out against the possible hire, and at least three local businesses announced they were preemptively banning Schiano.

Now Tennessee has apparently backed out of the deal. USA Today. ESPN.

Question 1: does Tennessee owe Mr. Schiano money? And if so, how much?

I think Brad Jones knows more about this stuff than I do, but $20 million seems unlikely to me. I can see this costing the university some money, maybe even in the seven-figure range. But it looks like Mr. Schiano still has his Ohio State job, and the contract was “subject to approval” by the board of regents…

Question #2: does athletics director John Currie quit, or get fired?

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