News of Tennessee’s potential hire of Greg Schiano as the new Tennessee head coach is being panned by many Vols fans, citing court testimony that Schiano had knowledge of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse at Penn State. According to The Washington Post, former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary testified Schiano was one of several coaches who knew of Sandusky’s abuse. The Washington Post detailed former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary’s testimony in a 2016 article.
McQueary, who testified in Sandusky’s 2012 criminal case that he had told Paterno of seeing Sandusky rape a boy in 2001, said in the 2015 deposition that he had “briefly” discussed with Bradley what he had seen.
“He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ’90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had — someone had come to him as far back as early as the ’80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy,” McQueary said.
According to McQueary, Bradley identified Schiano, now the Ohio State defensive coordinator, as the other assistant. In response to a question about whether Bradley had shared details of what Schiano had said, McQueary related a conversation with Bradley.
“No,” McQueary replied, according to the documents, “only that he had — I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning — but that Greg [Schiano] had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower. And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.”
Schiano began as a graduate assistant in 1990 then was promoted to defensive backs coach in 1995. In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Schiano denied he had witnessed Sandusky’s abuse.
“I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State,” Schiano told ESPN.
Despite Schiano’s denial, many Tennessee fans are angered by the hire. Here was some of Twitter’s reaction to the news of Tennessee hiring Schiano.