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Tee Martin declines a chance to go back to Knoxville

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New Tennessee coach Butch Jones made no secret in his introductory press conference that he was planning to make a run at former Vols quarterback and USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin. As of Monday night, Martin had met with Jones to discuss a return to Knoxville as an assistant. After a night to think about it, however, Martin has decided to stay put in Los Angeles.

Tennessee Sports Radio first reported Tuesday morning that Martin had declined an offer to become the Vols’ WR coach. Martin later confirmed the report to

“I just feel like we have a bright future,” Martin said. “I made a commitment to my players at USC. It feels great to be wanted, but I feel like we are doing something special where I am and I do believe we have a bright future.”

Martin just finished his first year with the Trojans under former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin. Though a beloved member of Tennessee’s program — Martin led the Vols to a BCS championship in 1998 — he has yet to return to Knoxville as a coach in his young career. Perhaps he will some day. It just won’t be in 2013.

Martin’s decision to remain in SoCal is one thing. The fact that it’s with Kiffin is a slow twist of the knife in the hearts of Vols fans everywhere.

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12 Responses to “Tee Martin declines a chance to go back to Knoxville”
  1. delashmit says: Dec 11, 2012 2:35 PM

    Sorry to see Tee turn down this opportunity to return and help Tennessee. Hate to see him stick with Lame Kiffin. I can assure you that Butch Jones will be at Tennessee long after Lame Kiffin has been fired at USC. USC will soon be on probation again.

  2. mondzy805 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:35 PM

    And the Win goes to Lane. Fight On SC.

  3. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 11, 2012 3:35 PM

    Actually after all the emails are released in the coming weeks USC might be off probation. It sounds like the NCAA hit job on them is being exposed.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:46 PM

    xtremesportsmaniac says:
    Dec 11, 2012 3:35 PM
    Actually after all the emails are released in the coming weeks USC might be off probation. It sounds like the NCAA hit job on them is being exposed.
    is the NCAA probation against USC not already over other than perhaps a few scholly restrictions?

    As I highlighted in another post, Tee had NCAA issues even as a player-you don’t think he is going to apply what he learned then as a “recruiter”.

  5. quitcrying says: Dec 11, 2012 4:19 PM

    Tee is in the early stages of building a career in coaching and this would have been a lateral move. No big deal and no hard feelings. Hopefully we’ll see him back in Orange down the road.

  6. fnc111 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:39 PM

    Hmmm L.A. or Knoxville? That’s a tough one lol.

  7. wabbitslayer says: Dec 11, 2012 5:36 PM

    No fan of Kiffin, but I think it’s funny he refused. Why would he want a lateral move from a nationally prominent program to rebuild project?

    He should have been offered the OC spot.

  8. secucks says: Dec 11, 2012 7:45 PM

    Tee Martin turned down Alabama/Nick Saban to coach at USC. All you Tennessee folks need to get some perspective. As of this January Coach LANE (for those of you who are spelling challenged) Kiffin will have been gone from Tennessee for three years. If Coach Kiffin is as poor of a coach as many seem to believe you should be glad he’s history but the haters continue. In this case Tee Martin, like Lane Kiffin elected to go/stay with USC over other alternatives. While USC didn’t have a great year, Tennessee is and will remain nothing more than a medium fish in the almighty SEC pond.

  9. arrogantnation says: Dec 11, 2012 8:36 PM

    Tee did it for Marqise. Big things next season.

  10. billmead1976 says: Dec 12, 2012 3:12 AM

    At the end of the day, no matter what your bias is Tennessee is just not at the same stature of USC.

  11. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 12, 2012 6:35 AM

    The bowl ban part of the sanctions is over for USC. They still lose 10 scholarships for each of the next two years which is pretty major.

  12. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 12, 2012 1:29 PM

    And Dave Hart gets another coach another raise. Yawn.

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