Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano reportedly had a proposed $27.7 million, 6-year contract on the table to become Tennessee’s head coach, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.

Unfortunately, extreme widespread backlash over the potential hiring of Schiano forced the school’s hand to change course and go a different direction other than hiring Schiano.

ESPN received a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday, indicating the understanding was between Schiano and since-replaced athletic director John Currie.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was eventually hired by Tennessee after it backed away from Schiano.

Although Currie and Schiano both signed the agreement, the contract was not valid because the school’s chief financial officer, David Miller, had not signed the deal.

According to Rovell, Schiano could receive 75 percent of the deal if he thinks he was hired and fired without cause but it is unclear whether Schiano will make such a claim.