Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and running backs coach Tony Alford prepare for practice at the first day of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.

Perhaps Ohio State does not need to begin its search for a new defensive coordinator just yet.

Following social media and fan backlash, Tennessee has backed out of its agreement to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano to be its new head coach, FoxSports’ Bruce Feldman reported.

A deal was reportedly in the process of being finalized between the two sides Sunday, but the agreement was met with severe backlash from many online and protests also took place on Tennessee’s campus. The primary reason for the backlash was Schiano’s connection to former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, where it was reported Schiano, a former assistant coach under head coach Joe Paterno, knew of Sandusky’s child abuse. Schiano has denied all allegations of such knowledge.