Greg Schiano isn’t going to be Tennessee’s head football coach because of major questions about his past.
Many of those questions stem from his time at Penn State, where Schiano allegedly knew of sexual abuse from then-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and didn’t say anything to anyone who could act on it.
But in the past 24 hours, many national media members and former players have come to Schiano’s defense.
Penn State Trustee Anthony Lubrano released a statement on Monday afternoon vehemently defending Schiano’s integrity. He says that the current Ohio State defensive coordinator was in no way in the wrong during his time at Penn State.
“I can confidently say that Greg Schiano had nothing to do with the Sandusky scnadal,” Lubrano writes. “Any stories about his involvement are completely uncorroborated and without basis in fact. To impugn Mr. Schiano’s character based on hearsay alone is irresponsible and unfair.”
But Lubrano doesn’t stop there.
He goes on to call out Tennessee’s fan base for the role it played in keeping Schiano from coaching the Vols.
“It is disappointing that University of Tennessee officials have been influenced by the voices (and keyboards) of a grossly uninformed social media mob,” he stated. “Had they sought to understand the truth of the matter, and stood firm in their offer, they would have seen firsthand the benefits of hiring a man of high integrity and strong character.”
Lubrano opened his statement by adding that his life’s work has been dedicated to studying “every detail” of the Sandusky scandal. He has served on the Penn State board of trustees since 2012.
You can see the full statement here.