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New Message On Tennessee Rock Calls For AD John Currie's Job

Tennessee rock spray painted with "Bring Back Bruce."

The Greg Schiano fiasco at Tennessee has fans turning on Vols' athletic director John Currie. Now, the school's famous rock has a new message.

Fair or not, the Schiano situation reflects extremely poorly on Currie, who just took over the job in Knoxville in February after a stint at Kansas State.

After a major wave of backlash against the reported Schiano deal from Tennessee fans, boosters, and local lawmakers, the school broke off its memorandum of understanding with the Ohio State defensive coordinator. Schiano may now seek compensation from the school.

One of the most visible moments of the anti-Schiano backlash was the painting of Tennessee's famous rock, citing Schiano's history at Penn State during the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Currie, who released a lengthy statement after the Schiano deal fell through, is the latest target of whomever scornfully painted the rock today.

The "Buc's" reference is clearly referring to Jon Gruden, the apple of many Vols' fans eyes throughout this coaching search. Gruden won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Schiano went 11–21 in two seasons with the franchise. It does not appear that Gruden is a realistic option for Tennessee, and it is unclear if he ever was.

Kirk Herbstreit is among those that believe this whole circus has really hurt the Tennessee program, and others have raised the possibility that Currie could lose his job over how it has been handled. Today, Purdue's Jeff Brohm, and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, a Tennessee football great, have reportedly been contacted about the job, while others have floated another familiar name: Lane Kiffin.