Tennessee fired Butch Jones as its head coach and the Vols’ search for his replacement reached Schiano.
Tennessee fans displayed their displeasure of discussion that Schiano was set to become the Vols’ next head coach. Fans protested and voiced their displeasure on campus, social media and on sports talk shows.
According to former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi, Schiano was set to bring eventual Heisman Trophy and national championship quarterback Joe Burrow with him to Tennessee.
In a recent GM Shuffle podcast, Lombardi said that Tennessee not hiring Schiano prevented Burrow wearing orange and white and then transferring to LSU…
“He was going to go to Tennessee if Schiano got the job there until they — till social media blew that up — and then he went to LSU.”
Oh, well. At least Vol fans’ hearts are pure. And Clay Travis did help usher UT into a memorable era, even by Vol standards.