Meyer: Vols have contacted Schiano about head coaching job

The fact that Tennessee opted for Schiano so quickly is, though. His best year as a head coach came in 2006 when Rutgers went 11-2.

Tennessee is set to hire a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, just not the one many Volunteers fans had hoped they would.

Tennessee is seeking a new coach after the November 12 firing of Butch Jones, who went 34-27 overall and 14-24 in Southeastern Conference competition in five seasons. The Scarlet Knights made six bowl appearances under Schiano.

Tennessee (4-8, 0-8 SEC) ended its season Saturday with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt.

After going from Rutgers to the NFL, Schiano wasn't almost as effective. His NFL tenure was brief, with a 11-21 record and some tumult. Ohio State ranked No. 3 in scoring defense last season with Schiano as co-coordinator and is No. 8 in total defense this year.

Naturally, this meant that head coach Butch Jones was out on his ass before the season even ended, replaced by interim coach and MI failure Brady Hoke.

Schiano told ESPN "I never saw any abuse nor had reason to suspect any abuse during my time at Penn State". From there, he worked for the Chicago Bears and as the defensive coordinator for the University of Miami before accepting the head coaching job at Rutgers. He is also associate head coach and safeties coach.