The University of Tennessee agreed to hire former collegiate and professional head coach Greg Schiano to become the new field general for the Volunteers football program on Sunday afternoon. Until they didn’t. A few hours later, in a ridiculous plot twist, school officials backed out. As a result, Greg Schiano fell victim to a mouth-breathing social justice mob at the University of Tennessee.
The proposed union fell apart fast when alumni and fans became irate that Schaino was the coach that first year Athletic Director John Currie chose to hire. In past coaching assignments, he was no stranger to controversy. In Tampa, he undermined his starting quarterback, Josh Freeman, at every possible opportunity. Multiple players dealt with an outbreak of MRSA in the Tampa Bay locker room under his watch. He ripped into players on the field and his response to victory formations was ugly and dangerous. This four-year old article from NFL.com sums up many of Schaino’s mishaps.
Most glaringly, the autocratic Schiano operates with an inherent deficit of respect, both for America’s preeminent sports league and for the men he’s trying to lead.
And yes, you’ll notice I used the word men. That’s because I’ve spoken to enough people who’ve played for Schiano during his two NFL seasons to conclude that he treats his players like children, which is a major reason he has lost his locker room.
“How bad is it there? It’s worse than you can imagine,” says one NFL player who spent 2012 with the Bucs. “It’s like being in Cuba.”
Episodes like these from his 11-21 debacle at the helm of the Buccaneers enraged Volunteer fans and prompted headlines like this.
Schaino has had his fair share of regrettable moments with the Buccaneers. But he did improve the Rutgers program when he was their HC from 2001-2011. Let;s take a look at the Scarlet Knights before, during and after Schiano’s tenure:
1990-2000 record: 40-80-1
2001-2011 (Under HC Schiano): 67-66
2012 – 2017 record: 31-36
During his time at the helm, Rutgers went to six of their ten College Bowl games, winning five of them. They also achieved top-10 rankings and some high profile upsets. Despite his defense getting lit up for 55 points earlier this year, Schiano is currently the defensive coordinator for the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes. Given his success as a collegiate coach, Greg Schaino was a solid coaching option for Tennessee.
John Currie moved ahead offering a However, Volunteer fans were definitely not on board with the decision. There were many football-related reasons to dislike the hire, but what incited the ire of the social justice mob at the University of Tennessee was Schiano’s ties to the Jerry Sandusky era Penn State Nittany Lions, and some testimony from a civil trial surrounding that case.
Here is the deposition in question per Yahoo Sports:
From the deposition:
Q: “Did [Bradley] tell you that he had had information concerning Gerald Sandusky and children?”
A: “He said he knew of some things. … He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ’90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had — someone had come to him as far back as early as the ’80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy.”
Q: “Did he identify who the other coaches were that had given him this information?”
A: “The one in the early ’90s, yes.”Q: “And who was that?”
A: “Greg Schiano …”
Q: “And did he give you any details about what Coach Schiano had reported to him?”
A: “No, only that he had – I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning, but that Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower. And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.”
That is the extent of allegations involving Schiano, which first surfaced in 2016 during the unsealing of documents in the civil case.
Schiano immediately denied the accusation to ESPN: “I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State.”
The questions were asked of Mike McQueary, a coach who was repeating this information secondhand, and unconfirmed. McQueary did not even work at Penn State at the same time as Schiano. Yet, for the social justice mob at the University of Tennessee, that shaky bit of testimony was enough ammunition to do this:
The Rock on UT's campus. pic.twitter.com/aG3BXrkKOW
— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) November 26, 2017
A laughable amount of evidence was enough for the social justice mob at the University of Tennessee to smear the reputation of Greg Schiano. Never mind that this was not a criminal trial. Never mind that the deposition basically amounted to hearsay. And forget the fact that both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Ohio State Buckeyes had no problem allowing him to represent their teams. Like the social justice warriors that plague universities across the country, facts don’t matter to these idiots. Whine enough and you’ll get the change you want.
The social justice mob at the University of Tennessee, whipped up into a frenzy, simply let reason and logic go to shit like the once proud Volunteers football program.
— Jon Reed (@Jon__Reed) November 26, 2017
These mouth-breathing jokers are making sandwiches without bread.
2:04, they start a “Bring Back Phil!” chant, referring to former Vols HC, Phillip Fulmer, the same Phil that Tennessee fans forced out in 2008, after his second losing campaign in seventeen seasons!
At 6:00 the guy with the bullhorn says the following “Greg Schiano had the opportunity to do the right thing and he turned a blind eye to it. And we’re talking about something that’s a lot more important than football right now. We’re talking about the lives of young men… who’s lives were destroyed!” To which the brainwashed chorus cheered. This righteous tirade only served to defame the reputation of Schiano, based on nothing but hearsay in a civil case. The upside for Schiano is that he may be owed a significant amount of money due to UT backing out of a memorandum of understanding. The downside is that other programs, who may be wary of a social justice mob backlash on their own campus, may not give him a shot at their head coaching position.
University of Tennessee fans may have cheered last night, but this will prove to be a pyrrhic victory after all. What aspiring head coach in their right mind would want to represent the University of Tennessee? The moment that they fail to perform up to fans expectations, a rabid mob awaits.
I’m going to paraphrase another beleaguered college coach, Rick Pitino, in a message to Vols backers:
“Robert Neyland is not walking through that door. Phillip Fulmer is not walking through that door. Johnny Majors is not walking through that door. And if you expect them to walk through that door, they are going to be gray and old, or in Neyland’s case, dead.”
The same fans that rioted when Lane Kiffin left for USC, are clamoring back for him today.
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) November 27, 2017
Like the social justice warriors who have made life on college campuses insufferable, the social justice mob at the University of Tennessee has made their campus and their football program far less desirable. People are simply refusing to attend colleges where social justice warriors run rampant. Expect college coaches to avoid college campuses rife with social justice mobs as well.