Cuonzo Martin expected to hire Nebraska's Tracy Webster

DePaul interim head coach Tracy Webster yells his team during the first half of an NCAA college men's basketball game against Syracuse in Rosemont, Ill., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. Syracuse won 59-57. Webster moved on to Nebraska for the 2010-11 season, and is expected to join Cuonzo Martin's first staff at Tennessee.

Photo by Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

DePaul interim head coach Tracy Webster yells his team during the first half of an NCAA college men's basketball game against Syracuse in Rosemont, Ill., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. Syracuse won 59-57. Webster moved on to Nebraska for the 2010-11 season, and is expected to join Cuonzo Martin's first staff at Tennessee.

Nebraska assistant coach Tracy Webster is expected to be the next hire made by Tennessee men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, according to a source in the UT athletic department.

The source, who requested anonymity because the hire is not yet official, said the 39-year-old Webster will be the third and final assistant coach hired by Martin.

The Vols still have openings for graduate assistant coaches and a director of basketball operations.

Webster, like Martin and UT assistant coaches Jon Harris and Kent Williams, has a strong background as a player, earning All-Big Ten honors three times while playing point guard at Wisconsin from 1991-94.

Webster was a three-time team captain for the Badgers and set school records for assists in a season (179 in 1992-93) and single-season 3-point shooting percentage (.490 in 1991-92).

Webster’s coaching background is as follows:

n 1997-98, Verona (Wis.) High School assistant

n 1998-99, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, assistant

n 2001-03 Ball State, assistant

n 2003-04 Purdue, assistant

n 2004-07 Illinois, assistant

n 2007-09 Kentucky, assistant

n 2009-10 DePaul assistant/interim head coach

n 2010-11 Nebraska assistant

Webster in September 2009 was ranked one of the top 50 basketball assistant coaches in the nation by HoopScoopOnline.com and has recruited Midwest hotbed cities Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and Indianapolis.

Webster attended Thornton High School in Harvey, Ill., near Chicago, and in 1992 the Chicago Sun-Times ranked him as the sixth-best point guard in Chicago-area high school history.

UT coordinator of video scouting Houston Fancher, who was Appalachian State’s head coach from 2000-2009 before joining the Vols, has remained on staff since Martin was named coach on March 27.

Fancher is believed to be a candidate for the vacant director of basketball operations position.

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hodocka writes:

The first non Mo st asst seems to have great credentals.

BleedsOrangeinMO writes:

I think what everyone is MISSING is that all of these guys were together at PURDUE. And Purdue has had a strong BB program for sometime. MO STATE was the first opportunity, for some of them, to get away from Purdue and try out their coaching skills.

VOLliven2it writes:

If our head coach trusts him and has confidence he will do the job, until otherwise proven, I believe he can do it...if hired of course.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say quality hire by anyones standard if happens. Witch Doctor say these guys can recruit the inner city kids.
Bones never lie.

BillyVol writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Does everyone know that you are a troll sent to spread ugliness, as a troll would?

CliveVol writes:

Who?!!

eduardo writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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What do you base this on?? The last 3 yrs. of Pearl Ball wasnt exactly what we were sold in the first 3. Face it they caught lightning in a bottle last yr. They didnt recruit to their system. How do you not have someone to shoot 3 ball consistently in a 3 pt. system???

wazzya69vol writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Just curious, were you in the Delta with Charlie company; thus, the name? If so what year(s)? GBO, and Coach Martin!!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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You have them confused with Zook II and Tubby.

wazzya69vol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Just curious about the name. GBO!!

tree_em_smokey writes:

Can someone please enlighten me why Coach martin had to go to the final four to seek asst coaches (and not getting any from any team in it) and not securing our previous commits? I'm not hatin just debatin. GBO!!!

kantanuuv writes:

in response to tree_em_smokey:

Can someone please enlighten me why Coach martin had to go to the final four to seek asst coaches (and not getting any from any team in it) and not securing our previous commits? I'm not hatin just debatin. GBO!!!

DeltaCharlie's right.

The answer to this is obvious, even to the most casual observer. This is the big payday for all these coaches. They expect 2 maybe 3 years, get a big buyout at the end, then bail to another major conference school in their now-inflated income bracket. They just hit the jackpot boys. Get your friends in on the deal now and worry about recruits later.

bUTchVFL writes:

They have coaching clinics there and it is a location where coaches network.

vols1990 writes:

almost every coach in college basketball, including assistants, go to the final four not just the ones who are playing in it. this is why he went.

Ringleader writes:

in response to vols1990:

almost every coach in college basketball, including assistants, go to the final four not just the ones who are playing in it. this is why he went.

The ones that go are either hiring, or wanting to be hired.

carbonzip writes:

A coach for the guards.

Jimbobsopinion writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Point well made.

Slystone writes:

Wow that was by far the worst Final Four game I have ever seen. I think the Brad Stevens lovefest just cooled down by 41 degrees. As for the assistants it seems these guys are going to be relatively new in the southern region for recruiting as Duke pointed out in his post.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Billy D.??? I don't think we play N.C. State anytime soon do we?

VolWoman writes:

in response to tree_em_smokey:

Can someone please enlighten me why Coach martin had to go to the final four to seek asst coaches (and not getting any from any team in it) and not securing our previous commits? I'm not hatin just debatin. GBO!!!

First of all, no one goes to recruit coaches of teams playing. Almost every coach in the country goes to the FF to network. On securing our previous signees, it was a dead period that ends after the Final Four. You want him to fly to Memphis & get a big violation right off the bat?

TheStupidPolice writes:

I wish NebraskaVol was around to comment on this hire. Too bad he was stupid and got banned from this message board.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to BicardiRum:

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What we really need is for more idiots like you to get banned from this board

skm writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

DeltaCharlie's right.

The answer to this is obvious, even to the most casual observer. This is the big payday for all these coaches. They expect 2 maybe 3 years, get a big buyout at the end, then bail to another major conference school in their now-inflated income bracket. They just hit the jackpot boys. Get your friends in on the deal now and worry about recruits later.

most people don't operate this way, but we know how you would do things if you were in cuonzo's shoes. integrity much?

Goodvol_1 writes:

Thanks Wildcat. Good to have some info on the new guy.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to WildcatsOne:

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agree. His liability was the head coach at UK

punkin writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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I going to guess the numbers in you name is your birthday backwards, which makes you.... what 15? Figures.

VolBy3 writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Get over it, and try to grow up.

jimhardin writes:

We are in all men major sports a mid-major talent wise- Neyland is turning over in his grave

VolBy3 writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

DeltaCharlie's right.

The answer to this is obvious, even to the most casual observer. This is the big payday for all these coaches. They expect 2 maybe 3 years, get a big buyout at the end, then bail to another major conference school in their now-inflated income bracket. They just hit the jackpot boys. Get your friends in on the deal now and worry about recruits later.

Pitiful thought process. The absurdness of your post only enlightens us about how you think. Please go play somewhere else. Your ignorance brings down the quality of this site.

GreerVol22 writes:

Stupid Poll...until Pearl was suspended, how many of you could actually name a UT assistant coach?

Martin is putting together a staff...and thats about it. IF he can save a couple of recruits and somehow keep Scotty and Toby around for another year then maybe he has a chance. Otherwise the NCAA will be doing the recruiting and coaching for him.

dislikethemtrolls writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Dear duckandchuck, still cashing those kns checks?

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Stupid Poll...until Pearl was suspended, how many of you could actually name a UT assistant coach?

Martin is putting together a staff...and thats about it. IF he can save a couple of recruits and somehow keep Scotty and Toby around for another year then maybe he has a chance. Otherwise the NCAA will be doing the recruiting and coaching for him.

Give 'em a few days, Greer, and they won't be able to name the three we now have.

Thanks Cat fans for sharing your informed opinions of Coach Webster. He'll be welcomed by most.

paradisetaxi writes:

he hasn't kept a job longer than 2 years .... 8 jobs in 13 years ???

RoadTrip writes:

I am always amused to read the comments of the experts on this site, especially the negavols and trolls. If we scroll back a few years the same stuff was said when Pearl was hired.

Another good hire by CCM. We now have 3 assistants that will probably become head coaches down the road. I will sit back and watch the coaches do what they do before forming an opinion on how well they do it.

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You've obviously never been to the Devaney Sports Center in the middle of February.

SouthPaVol writes:

in response to vols1990:

almost every coach in college basketball, including assistants, go to the final four not just the ones who are playing in it. this is why he went.

exactly! Who would want a head basketball coach that didn't want to attend the final four?

Besides, doesn't the NCAA freeze recruiting during this period, hoping most of the coaches in the country will support the event?

SouthPaVol writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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good point. another reason to hire a Dane Bradshaw-like asst coach.

VolinBoro writes:

KCHS_alum, It looks to me that Coach is doing exactly that on both counts... and should be.
Good for him!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

At least he has some assistant coaching experience at big time schools like Purdue, Illinois, and Kentucky even if it was just for a short time with each schools.

He can recruit some of the big cities in the Midwest like Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and Indianapolis for some of the most talented players..So that is definitely a plus.

I think this will turn out to be a good hire, and we as Vol fans, will be very happy with it.

And Smokey is still on the prowl..

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to volman2010:

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We only achieved 3rd in attendence when Pearl was coach, so trying to sell the number of fans that come out isn't the best strategy. Green and Peterson didn't have sterling attendence numbers.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to KCHS_alum:

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Two things:
1. These kids have signed a letter of intent to play with us, which means they've signed what essentially amounts to a contract to play here. They had no control over the coaching situation, and I don't think it's too much to ask for a meeting with the coach, even if it's just to ask for a release.

2. Hungry players do not always equal talented players. We have to compete with Florida and Kentucky year in and year out, and I'm not willing to concede the SEC to either. We need to recruit players that give us the best oppertunity to BEAT them. If he doesn't regularly beat those teams, what is he really going to accomplish as our head coach?

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Webster has worked alot of jobs. I hope he stays on our staff for a while. He also worked under Billy Clyde. I bet Webster has some good stories to tell LOL! Welcome Coach! GBO!!!

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to KCHS_alum:

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I don't measure success by how well one does IN the tournament alone because you can get alot of self confidence winning and playing nobody's. We play in the SEC, we dont' have as easy a road as some of the other teams just to get into the tournament, and there's something to be said for a mid major never actually winning the tournament. This is also a relativly new anomaly and only encompasses two teams, one of which had a sub par regular season and was lucky to get IN the tournament regardless of how well they did. If we want to win the SEC, and if we want to go deep consistantly in the tournament you have to get the good recruits.

ellerbee123 writes:

in response to tree_em_smokey:

Can someone please enlighten me why Coach martin had to go to the final four to seek asst coaches (and not getting any from any team in it) and not securing our previous commits? I'm not hatin just debatin. GBO!!!

During the NCAA Tournament is a "dead" period and no coach can contact a recruit....The head coach cannot even scout during the dead time.

Vol13 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

"So. Any of these boys have ANY experience recruiting in the South? Memphis, Atlanta, Kentucky, etc.? Can we win in the SEC with Midwest talent? Anyone from Wisconsin ever make an impact as a player in the SEC?

Do ANY of these coachees have highly-developed relationships with high school coaches in the roundball hotbeds of the South?

I'm trying my best to be excited by Martin, but it's hard to see the logical thread right now."

Last time I noticed, the State of the Union of SEC basketball wasn't exactly the measuring stick for college basketball. If these guys can get talent from St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, etc. - we will have the talent to play with anyone in America. We'll see how well they can coach then.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

another JOKE for a coach...thanks alot hamilton,Tennessee basketball would be worth a hill of beans and useless as tits on a borehog!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BigOrangeSmoker:

another JOKE for a coach...thanks alot hamilton,Tennessee basketball would be worth a hill of beans and useless as tits on a borehog!

Witch Doctor say if you gonna use analogy's then at least spell them correctly.
"Boar hog". not "borehog"
Bones never lie.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Seems to be a decent hire;just like football; recruiting is everything!! Unfortunately it's pretty late in the recruiting process and with all the instability;at best we might pick up a few good utility players..I would like to believe Martin has at least one gem out there from players he was recruiting for msu;Recruits do tend to follow coaches going to new jobs

STLVOLS writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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As a Vol Alum/Fan, living in St. Louis burbs, there is plenty of talent in St. Louis area and Kansas City area year end and year out. As a matter of fact, one committed today to Kansas Jayhawks and that big dude of Kentucky (forgot his name)starter this year is from St. Charles, MO which is a STL suburb. With CCMs ties to STL/East STL and Mo, there are plenty of good players in two of the largest metro areas in country with St. Louis and Kansas city 265 miles down the road from me. Kansas and Duke have been grabbing top talent out of here for years.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to ellerbee123:

During the NCAA Tournament is a "dead" period and no coach can contact a recruit....The head coach cannot even scout during the dead time.

Thanks eller for setting the story straight;Obviously most of us were not aware that this is a "dead" period

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