Published: Tue, December 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

UT: Schiano memorandum of understanding lacked signatures to be binding

UT: Schiano memorandum of understanding lacked signatures to be binding

Schiano, the Ohio State defensive coordinator and former head coach of Rutgers University and the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had his opportunity to coach Tennessee thwarted November 26 by a public backlash involving fans, former players and multiple state legislators.

Brown also reported that on the memorandum of understanding that Schiano signed, one signature missing was from Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the MOU was released on Monday in response to an open records request. We now know the terms of that memorandum, via 247Sports: a six-year deal worth an average of $4.5 million ($27 million in total), with a starting salary of $4.4 million.

"That document was never signed by The University of Tennessee's Chief Financial Officer, whose signature would have been required to make it legally binding on the University", Satkowiak wrote.

The agreement was not finalized due to the missing signature of Tennessee's Chief Financial Officer, David L. Miller.

Fans were set on landing Gruden, so when it was announced that then-AD John Currie was going to hire Ohio State DC Greg Schiano (whose ties to Penn State's major Jerry Sandusky scandal are loose, at best), Vol Nation was outraged. Currie was suspended by university chancellor Beverly Davenport on December 1, with Davenport naming Phillip Fulmer the new AD that same day.

Less than a week later, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was named head football coach.

Schiano, of course, ultimately ended up not getting the job.

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