Backout backfire?: Could Tennessee’s handling of Greg Schiano have legal consequences?

Tennessee seemed to be on the same page as Greg Schiano, even being there in the literal sense by reportedly signing one key document. Could the Vols’ change of heart cause problems for the school?

According to at least one national writer, the answer to that is yes.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann wrote that if, indeed, all of the necessary parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), then that would leave the door open for Schiano to sue the university for breach of contract, fraud or other claims.

An MOU is a formal record of the understanding between the coach and the school as to the key terms and conditions under which the university would employ the coach.

It is thought that Schiano and the Vols put pen to paper in this respect before the Vols backed out amid protests from fans on Sunday after the word began to spread that the Ohio State defensive coordinator would become the school’s next head coach.

The protests were serious enough that security was called to the Tennessee athletic center.

A lot of the disapproval stemmed from Schiano’s involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, where it is thought that Schiano might have known about the abuse transpiring at the school without saying anything.

There has been no official announcement as to whether Tennessee and Schiano did sign an MOU. In the case that they did, McCann describes an MOU as a “binding and legally enforceable agreement” once it’s signed by all the necessary parties, although the two sides could work out a settlement.

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