Martin hasn’t noticed, nor does he seem to care. In fact, Martin wasn’t even sure why anyone would seem to think it would be an issue for him.
When asked if Pearl’s decision to remain in Knoxville as Vice President for wholesaler HT Hackney was a potential distraction, Martin replied, “That’s kind of a crazy question.’’
Martin said he appreciates the sensitivity Tennessee fans have for the challenges he faces in replacing Pearl, but his no-nonsense approach doesn’t allow for distractions.
“Who am I to say where someone else lives?” Martin said. “I like Coach Pearl and I’m happy with the success he had and we want to springboard off of that success.
“I feel our fans support the program, I’m happy to be a part of Tennessee basketball, and Bruce Pearl is a part of the Tennessee family and we embrace that.’’
Martin, who has been out of town recruiting this week, said he has no interest getting caught up in anyone else’s business.
“It’s not a distraction at all,’’ he said. “I’m running practices, recruiting and handling my business.
“I’m consumed with our players and our program being successful, and that’s all.’’
The Vols are in the team individual drills portion of their preseason preparation and are allowed two hours of supervised court time each week.
Tennessee men's basketball begins full-time practice on Oct. 14.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32