Greg Schiano was to make $27 million as coach at Tennessee


The interesting takeaway is that Schiano actually was going to be paid more than the head coach Tennessee ended up hiring.

Details of the contract Greg Schiano was set to have at Tennessee have been released.

According to Knox News, former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Ohio State defensive coordinator Schiano signed a memorandum of understanding on November 26 that Schiano would take over as the Volunteers' head coach. The uprising occurred one day after Tennessee's 4-8 season concluded with a 42-24 home loss to Vanderbilt.

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Currie was later placed on leave with pay and Phillip Fulmer was named athletic director.

Assistant Athletic Director Tom Satkowaik said after a records request that the MOU was only signed by now-suspended athletic director John Currie and Schiano, but was not signed by Chancellor Beverly Davenport or Chief Financial Officer David Miller.

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

Currie meant to pay Schiano $4.4 million in the first year of a six-year deal, giving him a built-in raise of $50,000 per year that brought the total to $27 million over the span of the contract, not including incentives.

"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.

Tennessee's class of 2018 commitments has shrunk by three after defensive end Jamarcus Chatman of Rome, Ga., and cornerbacks Brandon Cross and Tanner Ingle of Orlando opened their recruitments.