Schiano has vehemently denied knowledge and the only link to him and the crimes of Sandusky was an unsubstantiated claim offered in court by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary.
The school is working through the final contract details, as athletic director John Currie traveled to Columbus to finalize the deal on Sunday afternoon.
The Tennessee Volunteers just finished their worst season-at least by total wins-since 1977, going 4-8 with zero victories in SEC play.More news: Someone Threw a Shoe at a Baby During Black Friday Shopping Craziness
Tennessee fired Butch Jones on November 12 after they dropped to 0-6 in SEC play.
Schiano was not the former Buccaneers coach many Vols expected to be announced as their new head coach. He previously coached at Rutgers for 11 seasons and helped make the Scarlet Knights into a relevant football program in the Big East.
Schiano, 51, is now the defensive coordinator at Ohio State.More news: Ohio State Rallies Past Michigan; JT Barrett Injured in Sideline Incident
After being linked to several notable college coaching positions, Schiano took over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach in 2012 and went 11-21 before being fired after his second season.
Schiano coached Rutgers from 2001 to 2011.
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