Tennessee finalizing deal with Schiano

Tennessee finalizing deal with Schiano

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden was also among the targets of the Tennessee search, with CBS Sports reporting the school was willing to offer Gruden a deal that would pay him upwards of $10 million a year.

After being linked to several notable college coaching positions, Schiano took over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach in 2012 and went 11-21 before being fired after his second season.

But now it appears the Volunteers have settled on Schiano. His Ohio State defense has since piqued the interest of Tennessee, which has a history of making such brilliant coaching hires as Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.

Schiano spent the last two seasons a defensive coordinator at Ohio State, uniting with his old friend Urban Meyer. The Vols must've been anxious some other big name college program or National Football League team was going to hire Schiano before they could.

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Tennessee (4-8, 0-8 SEC) ended its season Saturday with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt. He previously coached at Rutgers for 11 seasons and helped make the Scarlet Knights into a relevant football program in the Big East.

Jones had a 34-27 record in five seasons at Tennessee.

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