Bingo. The Penn State stuff was just a smoke screen (for most) here in TN many actually bought in that Gruden was headed to Rocky Top. But beyond that they wanted a big name coach. And got Schiano. I’ve never seen such an immediate and focused attempt to bust up the negotiations. Social media and television media was all over this deal (and not in a good way). Added was a beef that Peyton Manning has with Schiano over ordering his team to knock down Peyton on a knell down play at the end of a Denver game. Peyton ran over to Schiano and cussed him out after that game. And Peyton is king here in TN. I can’t believe Currie settled on Schiano to begin with - Rocky Top is screwed for now.
While I absolutely agree that ut fans biggest objection to Schiano is he’s not local, he’s not nice, etc; and that the Penn St. thing is only the red herring, in light of the brouhaha now surrounding the Schiano fiasco, Petrino is as remote a possibility as them bringing Kiffin back.