Tennessee finalizing deal with next head coach

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A formal announcement is expected on Sunday night.

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

It's being reported that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is finalizing a deal to become the new head coach at the University of Tennessee, replacing Butch Jones who was let go earlier this season.

It wasn't just anonymous fans that fired back at the Schiano reports, as multiple Tennessee state representatives took to Twitter to publicly voice their dissent in the school hiring Schiano.

Schiano has been the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator for the last two seasons.

After going from Rutgers to the NFL, Schiano wasn't almost as effective. After falling out the National Football League trap door, Schiano then served time as a high school coach until getting a job under Urban Meyer. Schiano finished with a 68-67 record at Rutgers, but that run included two seasons with appearances in the top 10 and six bowl games in his final seven years.

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

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