UT: Schiano memorandum of understanding lacked signatures to be binding

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The University of Tennessee says a memorandum of understanding between the school and Greg Schiano, who was nearly hired as the Vols' head football coach, lacked signatures necessary to make it legally binding.

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. Satkowiak says without Miller's signature, the memorandum has no legal standing.

Schiano was offered a six-year contract with a gradually increasing salary from $4.4 million his first season to $4.6 million in his sixth year. That includes $275,000 base pay and supplemental pay increasing from $4.125 million to $4.325 million.

The MOU also said if Schiano had been terminated for cause, he was to be paid 75 percent of his salary for each year left on his contract.

Fans, former players and lawmakers took to social media and to protests on campus on November 26 after news leaked of Schiano's potential hiring.

According to a 2016 Washington Post article, former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary claimed that Schiano knew that fellow coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys. Schiano denied the allegations.

Currie was later placed on leave with pay and Phillip Fulmer was named athletic director. Less than a week later, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was named head football coach.

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