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Haslam, Black Exchange Words Over UT's Attempt To Hire Schiano

Dec 2, 2017

Diane Black
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Republican Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Diane Black received a phone call from prominent University of Tennessee football booster and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, the brother of Republican Governor Bill Haslam, after she posted a tweet bemoaning the school's first choice to become its next head football coach.

Bill Haslam has told reporters his brother had no role in the effort to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano - a deal that fell through amid public backlash over an unproven claim in court documents that he might have known about sexual abuse of boys when he was an assistant at Penn State. Black's campaign confirmed the call but wouldn't elaborate about what was discussed. A Haslam spokesperson called it "a private conversation" and declined to comment further.