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You mqy not have to fit players to systems...or even make sure big guys play line and speedy guys play wide receiver or defensive back,
if you have the "best coaching staff in America."
Since all but a couple of coaches like that come from Cincinnati, that source of greatest football tradition and excellence in the country---except three schools under NCAA sanctions--- Auburn, Tennessee and USC---where Jones is getting his other coaches, if he can.
USC is iffy for Jones: Tee Martin has a wife who is a cult singer. L.A. is a LOT more conducive to a singer's career than a mountain hamlet nestled in the backwoods of East Tennessee.
Any husband knows if Mama's happy, everybody's happy.
It would not surprise me if he passes on recruiting to Tee Martin Drive and derives by Payton Manning Pass.
The street was named after him, in the eyes of some, to avoid charges of racism and favoritism after another street was named after Manning.
Does Tee Martin, who does motivational speaking as a second business, have a better opportunity to build that business in Los Angeles at USC with all its spotlight of media attention, or in Knoxville, in what has become the land that football forgot?
Don't ask Jones. He thinks the Bearcat coaches, plus Auburn refugees are the greatest staff in America.
Don't ask Hart, who has proved he could not find a top echelon coach if he had $17-million dollars to pay one, even though at least two wanted to work at UT---yet Hart could not get them hired.
Ask Tee Martin, who has become a celebrity, and now lives in a world where people use slogans like "Forward."
It may be important that he said he wanted to make sure he came "BACK to the Southeast (and thus Knoxville) for the right reasons."
He may decline to see Peyton's pass or Tee's drive on a more regular basis, see Mama every night and Lane Kiffin or some other USC head coach on an ongoing basis---until something even bigger shows up. Tee Martin's star is on the rise...and can be seen in places far larger than Neyland Stadium.
If he remembers history, he may not get all mushy and sentimental, when he remembera charges of racism and favortisim that framed naming that street after him. Not much of that in racially neutral L.A.
BACK to Knoxville? Was there something to that choice of words?
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