But Vol fans, former players, and politicians spoke out against that hire, and it never came to fruition despite Currie and Schiano signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
After much confusion in the state of Tennessee over Greg Schiano's contract status, it appears the Volunteers have dodged a very expensive bullet.
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. As Brown said, Tennesse hopes that Davenport's missing signature means that Schiano is not due any compensation.
That's an annual package worth $3.8 million which puts him at the middle of the pack in the SEC. UT, according to 247's and other reports, doesn't think it owes Schiano anything, because the paperwork wasn't signed by the school's chancellor or chief financial officer.
Some of that backlash stemmed from speculation that Schiano played a part in covering up for Jerry Sandusky while at Penn State, though no hard evidence has been provided that he did any such thing.
Schiano's deal would also have eclipsed his contract from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was a five-year, $15-million deal.
Schiano, of course, ultimately ended up not getting the job.
The Vols wrapped up their head coaching search last week, as the program hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on Thursday.