Tennessee football should regret not hiring Greg Schiano

Greg Schiano, Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports)
Greg Schiano, Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports) /

Tennessee football could sure use a head coach like Greg Schiano these days.

Not hiring Greg Schiano may have been a regrettable decision for Tennessee football.

After getting off to a 2-0 start, the Tennessee Volunteers have lost their last five games under third-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Not only are the Vols not back, but Pruitt may be on the hot seat now.

With the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at least being competitive right away under Schiano in his second stint in Piscataway, maybe the Vols hired the wrong guy?

Tennessee had its reasons behind not hiring Greg Schiano

The head-coaching search to replace Butch Jones after the 2017 season was a complete debacle for Tennessee. Half-a-dozen candidates said no and student-led protests on the Knoxville campus largely contributed to Schiano not being named the Vols’ next head coach.

Tennessee ended up going with their seventh choice in Pruitt. While it worked toward the end of last year, they are paying for it on the field with lackluster play and an even worse record. And paying financially after handing Pruitt a lucrative extension after a good month at the end of last season. That looks like another big regret on Rocky Top.

They will never admit to it, but Tennessee may have made a huge mistake hiring Pruitt in 2017.

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