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Monday’s Mashup: Tennessee backs out of Greg Schiano hiring after backlash

Lucy Burdge
November 27, 2017 - 7:48 am

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-- Tennessee decided not to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday just hours after signing a memorandum of understanding to bring him on as the head coach.

When news broke of the signing on Sunday, backlash on the Tennessee campus ensued and the school backed out of the memorandum. The announcement of the impending hire was scheduled for Sunday night but was obviously canceled after Tennessee announced the deal with Schiano would not be finalized.

About 100 people gathered on the Tennessee campus to protest Schiano, citing his alleged connection to Jerry Sandusky and his horrific scandal at Penn State.

A rock on campus, called The Rock, where students paint messages was covered with the words "Schiano covered up child rape at Penn State.''

People also held signs with different messages including "Schia-NO.''

The protesters also called for the firing of John Currie, the school’s athletic director.

Schiano has served as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons and was an assistant under Joe Paterno during Jerry Sandusky’s time at Penn State. Schiano has denied allegations he had any knowledge of Sandusky’s child abuse.

Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Faison also denounced the potential hiring.

"The head football coach at the University of Tennessee is the highest-paid state employee,'' Faison said. "They're the face of our state. We don't need a man who has that type of potential reproach in their life as the highest-paid state employee. It's egregious to the people and it's wrong to the taxpayers.''

Schiano now remains at his job at Ohio State.

-- An outrageous brawl broke out early in the Broncos-Raiders game on Sunday, leading to chaos and a few ejections.

The fight began when Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib grabbed the chain off the neck of Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and the two threw punches at each other.

Talib did the same thing during the final game of last season. After that incident Talib said, “He has just been wearing that gold chain all year. It’s just been growing on me. I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I’m going to snatch it off. He wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off.”

Crabtree then said, “Snatching chains on the field, like what you accomplish? You hard? You tough? That make you tough? … Childish, man.”

This time, Crabtree started shoving Talib on the sideline and Talib grabbed Crabtree’s chain.

“I don’t like it and it’s unacceptable,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said of the fighting.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio called it an “ugly incident.”

“I have to count on my guys to do the right thing there and keep their poise and keep their composure and not get tossed,” he said.

In the end, Talib, Crabtree and Raiders guard Gabe Jackson were all ejected. Jackson was tossed after making contact with an official.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "That was not planned or anything. We got yelled at. We’re not allowed to talk about celebrations. That’s what we got told. But, I kind of want to talk about it, but I kind of don’t because I’ll get in trouble, so I don’t know what to do. So, it just happened on the spot. It wasn’t planned. We’ll just keep it there." -- Rob Gronkowski, on his touchdown celebration with Brandin Cooks during the Patriots’ 35-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday