Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a proud product of the University of Tennessee, but some insanity on Sunday forced him to shoot down some pretty absurd rumors on Monday.
Tennessee appeared set to hire former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano when a social media firestorm erupted over court documents tentatively linking Schiano to part of the Jerry Sandusky cover-up at Penn State. The negative attention drew in prominent boosters, former players and even state legislators.
Volunteers athletic director John Currie eventually succumbed to the pressure, retracting a signed memorandum of understanding and backing out of the deal. Now, Tennessee is still without a football coach and that’s where Witten comes in.
FOX’s Clay Travis reported on Monday that Witten was interested in leaving the Cowboys immediately to take the Tennessee job if offered. However, Witten was at practice and he vehemently denied that to the media.
“I can see coaching down the road, but I’m all in with the Dallas Cowboys,” Witten told Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan and CowboysHQ.com. “My feet are firmly planted here.”
Witten signed a four-year extension during the offseason at 35 years of age that has him under contract through the 2021 season, so it certainly didn’t appear that he had plans of ending his playing career anytime soon until this odd news cycle took hold.
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