Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee agree to contract

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin shows emotion as a foul is called on MTSU during the first half of the NIT second-round game at Thompson-Boling Arena Monday, March 19, 2012.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin shows emotion as a foul is called on MTSU during the first half of the NIT second-round game at Thompson-Boling Arena Monday, March 19, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

After 15 months working under a Memorandum of Understanding with Tennessee, men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has agreed to terms of an official contract with the Vols.

The contract, released by the university on Monday, pays identical financial terms to the deal Martin originally signed with UT on March 27, 2011 after he left Missouri State to come to Knoxville.

Martin's deal pays out $1.3 million annually and runs through the 2015-16 season. The second-year UT coach earns a $325,000 base salary, $425,000 for broadcast responsibilities, $325,000 for shoe and apparel contracts, and $325,000 for endorsements.

Numerous incentives include $100,000 for winning the SEC regular-season title and $50,0000 for an NCAA tournament berth. Like the salary, the deal's incentives remain unchanged from those in the MOU.

If Martin jumps ship during the next two seasons, he'll owe the university $2.6 million. If he accepts an outside job offer over the final two years of the deal, that number drops to $1.3 million.

Martin led the Vols to a 19-15 record and a 10-6 mark in the SEC in his first season with the Vols.

More details later online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.

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PHAT_VOL writes:

Good Deal! Sounds like we're keeping him around for a while. Should help with recruting.

voloffaith writes:

About time.....timing...

SummittsCourt writes:

Good, lock him up for a number years and let the stability begin.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I sorta think he's a 2mil a year coach but I guess we'll see. If he takes us to the tourney and wins a couple then he should re-negotiate.
Especially if he lands some really good players!
It's good to see the confidence the school has in him.

FearlessFreep writes:

Why is there still an incentive for SEC "EAST" championship? There are no more divisions for basketball. Figured they would have updated this.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Broadcast responsibilites? Why is that worthy of more pay than a base salary for being the coach? Or is it a twisted truth for budget purposes? Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, maybe noone will notice.....

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Broadcast responsibilites? Why is that worthy of more pay than a base salary for being the coach? Or is it a twisted truth for budget purposes? Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, maybe noone will notice.....

I'm with you real...its kinda like me when I play golf and expense it....it somehow gets billed as a team building exercise. Those big athletic donars dont actually donate to the Athletic Fund...they are donating to the "Broadcast and Communication " department...you know...semantics...

tovolny writes:

I would like to see coaches tied to an attendance number. If he packs the house, then pack his pockets. If attendance drops, his salary drops. Too simple, I suppose. ANYWAY, I like Coach Martin and I like the way he presents and carries himself. All the players seem to have a lot of respect for him. Both Pearl and Don Devoe talk highly of the man.

You have convinced me, Coach martin, now go convince the whole nation. GBO...!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

Dang, Dooley at 2mil. Is that normal for a football school

bosscat writes:

Rest assured that CCM is on a lot of schools' short list for their next coach and the buy-outs, including the 2.6 mil one, would not be an issue. The powers-that-be had best be poised to sweeten the pot before this season is over if he produces the team and the record that many anticipate he will.

FWBVol writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

I'm with you real...its kinda like me when I play golf and expense it....it somehow gets billed as a team building exercise. Those big athletic donars dont actually donate to the Athletic Fund...they are donating to the "Broadcast and Communication " department...you know...semantics...

If I understand things correctly only the $325,000 actually comes out of the fiscal UT athletic department budget. The broadcasting funds come from IMG or whoever is the license group that handles the Vol Network. The shoes and apparel comes from Adidas and the other endorsements from the sponsors.

I would guess that when Martin gets paid every two weeks or whatever it is he doesn't have three or four different checks or vouchers going into his direct deposit, but it is a way to keep track of what he's making and where he's making it.

b24vol writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

Why is there still an incentive for SEC "EAST" championship? There are no more divisions for basketball. Figured they would have updated this.

Didn't see word east...there is regular season champ and sec tourn. champ

BSUinTenn writes:

Numerous incentives include $100,000 for winning the SEC regular-season title and $50,0000 for an NCAA tournament berth. Like the salary, the deal's incentives remain unchanged from those in the MOU.

50,0000 .......that's a chunk of change

crappieking writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Dang, Dooley at 2mil. Is that normal for a football school

Yes, for a football school. But no, since he's not a real football coach.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I sorta think he's a 2mil a year coach but I guess we'll see. If he takes us to the tourney and wins a couple then he should re-negotiate.
Especially if he lands some really good players!
It's good to see the confidence the school has in him.

The man's been a Division I head coach and never been to an NCAA tournament, exactly what makes him worth $2 Million? Frankly, I think we're overpaying for a coach we're probably going to have to fire within the next two years when his sub par recruits wind up going nowhere.

SIMSVOL writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

The man's been a Division I head coach and never been to an NCAA tournament, exactly what makes him worth $2 Million? Frankly, I think we're overpaying for a coach we're probably going to have to fire within the next two years when his sub par recruits wind up going nowhere.

That's the spirit troll.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

That's the spirit troll.

Says the man who believes people at LSU actually want Derrick Dooley as thier head football coach.

freevol writes:

martin like dooley are priceless,the integrity each have on a personal level is certainly a step up on their predecessors.

CrankE writes:

Since the contract was just now inked, does that officially make him Dave Hart's hire?

Just saying.

If so, then that means that Derek Dooley would be The. Very. Last. Hire from era of "Crapalot". (also known as the time when Lord Hamilton, The Indecisive ruled over a reign of error at UTAD.)

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to CrankE:

Since the contract was just now inked, does that officially make him Dave Hart's hire?

Just saying.

If so, then that means that Derek Dooley would be The. Very. Last. Hire from era of "Crapalot". (also known as the time when Lord Hamilton, The Indecisive ruled over a reign of error at UTAD.)

I think Martin still counts as a Hamilton hire. . .and he's got Hamilton's fingerprints all over him. . .mid-major coach with no accomplishments to his name given the keys to the kingdom because Hamilton wanted to cultivate a reputation of finding "Diamonds in the rough".

FearlessFreep writes:

in response to b24vol:

Didn't see word east...there is regular season champ and sec tourn. champ

Look at the actual document, Appendix A

MetroplexMojo writes:

I wonder why Cheek and Martin did not date the agreement. Legal eagles, does the phrase "In witness whereof, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the dates shown below" mean that this agreement is still not in place?

Other than the financial implications (which would be picked up by a school if they decided to poach Martin), Martin negotiated a pretty sweet agreement if he decided to leave UT for another job. There are no restrictions whatsoever. Compare this language to the MOU and you will see what they have been arguing for over a year. Martin used the leverage from a fairly successful 2011-12 (and the press) to get his language into the agreement.

Caspian writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Amy,

#1. I wish people wouldn't bring up politics on a sports site. But since you did...

#2. You're responding to the wrong person. I believe your comments are directed to WestKnoxRepo, not SIMSVOL. No further comment.

#3. As an R (sometimes I have to hold my nose), I can tell you that I'm very optimistic about the potential of individuals. Except for those individuals that have allowed themselves to become dependent on a corrupt, bloated, and overreaching government system. People, yes. Government organizations, no. Look around Amy. Think for yourself.

#4. I have a feeling CCM's contract will be going up in the very near future. He's a steal at $1.3 million.

JCJ1986 writes:

Minus Jarnell Stokes (who was Bruce's guy, CCM got the save, though) what has CCM done that has anyone excited? Was it the 19 win season? The early exit from the SEC tourney? The early bus ride home from the NIT? Or is it the three star parade of players (Dooley, anyone?)?

I agree it's waaay too early to be negative about CCM, but then again he hasn't show the ability to win or recruit elite players either.

I think some of our fans are just happy to have a COACH, and that's settling for mediocrity or worse. I want to be proved wrong, but we'll be shopping for a new bball and football coach in a few seasons.

VolFaninNiota writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

Why is there still an incentive for SEC "EAST" championship? There are no more divisions for basketball. Figured they would have updated this.

Where is the word SEC "East" in the article? Maybe i didn't read close enough between the lines.

born2ride writes:

"If Martin jumps ship during the next two seasons, he'll owe the university $2.6 million. If he accepts an outside job offer over the final two years of the deal, that number drops to $1.3 million."

Shouldn't this read.. if Martin is fired UT must pay him $2.6 million the first 2 years and $1.3 million the last 2 years?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

I think Martin still counts as a Hamilton hire. . .and he's got Hamilton's fingerprints all over him. . .mid-major coach with no accomplishments to his name given the keys to the kingdom because Hamilton wanted to cultivate a reputation of finding "Diamonds in the rough".

Witch Doctor say lets not forget you only picked the Vols to win 12 games last year, Stokes wasnt coming to Tennessee and Vandy AND Florida was gonna blow us off the floor(your words)..Witch Doctor say dont worry, Witch Doctor will remind you! lol.
Bones never lie.

GONAVY writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Republicans? What?

VolinACChell writes:

One too many zeros in $50,000.

FanNotSheep writes:

Good to get this out of the way. Focus should be squarely on developing the players and trying to take advantage of a great opportunity to get out of the gates quickly while other teams are getting their chemistry set.

The SEC is tough but Tennessee should finish in the top 3 this year in the conference and get at least a 6 seed in the Dance. Anything significantly less will be a major disappointment. Stokes should come into his own and the overall talent level and experience gives UT a leg up.

TV contracts and shoe deals help the University limit its financial obligation and that is the modern reality. You can't lay attendance solely on the coach. TV games, ticket prices, multi-game bundles, other promotions and factors play too large a role in the turnstile count to do that. Pearl was a rare commodity for drawing crowds. Martin must establish a winning, exciting brand of basketball to even come close to Pearl in that regard.

voloffaith writes:

in response to born2ride:

"If Martin jumps ship during the next two seasons, he'll owe the university $2.6 million. If he accepts an outside job offer over the final two years of the deal, that number drops to $1.3 million."

Shouldn't this read.. if Martin is fired UT must pay him $2.6 million the first 2 years and $1.3 million the last 2 years?

Nahhhh..it's just a coinincidence that when WKR shows up that his lil buddy born2bstirfried also pops up...hmmm..nahh it can't be the two are one and the one is two.......

spin me a spin mister spinmeister, spinmeister spin me a(sing to tune of mister sandman...)

underthehill writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Good to get this out of the way. Focus should be squarely on developing the players and trying to take advantage of a great opportunity to get out of the gates quickly while other teams are getting their chemistry set.

The SEC is tough but Tennessee should finish in the top 3 this year in the conference and get at least a 6 seed in the Dance. Anything significantly less will be a major disappointment. Stokes should come into his own and the overall talent level and experience gives UT a leg up.

TV contracts and shoe deals help the University limit its financial obligation and that is the modern reality. You can't lay attendance solely on the coach. TV games, ticket prices, multi-game bundles, other promotions and factors play too large a role in the turnstile count to do that. Pearl was a rare commodity for drawing crowds. Martin must establish a winning, exciting brand of basketball to even come close to Pearl in that regard.

So far, Martin has exceeded expectations..and it is good to get the contract resolved... with Stokes having the potential to be among the best rebounders in the nation..it is reasonable to think they could be a much better team this year..Martin will never be another Pearl and he don't have to be to be a great coach..I too think UT will be in the top 3 best teams in the conference..

underthehill writes:

in response to born2ride:

"If Martin jumps ship during the next two seasons, he'll owe the university $2.6 million. If he accepts an outside job offer over the final two years of the deal, that number drops to $1.3 million."

Shouldn't this read.. if Martin is fired UT must pay him $2.6 million the first 2 years and $1.3 million the last 2 years?

No it shouldn't ..It should read that when numerous schools attempt to hire one of the top college coaches in the country before his contract expires..UT will do everything possible to keep him at UT...any more stupid questions...

BigBadVol writes:

in response to freevol:

martin like dooley are priceless,the integrity each have on a personal level is certainly a step up on their predecessors.

Exactly!

allvol32 writes:

I sense a renegotiation of CCM's contract in short order - Cuonzo Martin is the real deal and TN needs to lock him down in orange and white for years to come.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Good deal after only 1 year.

Results will decide where things go from here.

This adds much needed stability and could help with recruiting better players.

When things get better he'll get a better paying contract extention based on proven results as things should be.

VFL...GBO!!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Haalllgh!ulp errrr uhh splthrpppbb!

I just lost my respect for you...NOT because you're a democrat!! But because you admit it!! Or at least indicated so.
As non-rebublican and a non-democratican I resent the political persuasions on here.

PLEASE don't vote demoratic because of the Spartan here! Vote for the best person...oh?...welllll just close your eyes and pick one! OR you could vote for an ice cream from the corner shop on election day.hehe
BTW the media is way biased for the Dems...unless you watch Fox. If you plan on being an actor forget about having your own opinion and just turn democrat...yeah Vote Michael Moore! splbbt! oh sorry that slipped when I was typing.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Oh yeah and also...I think Martin is well worth every 1.+ mill.('course I ain't paying the bill...but if I had the money I'd keep him here)

VolGrad writes:

Long overdue. Tennessee should pay CCM some type of late fee perhaps. :D

Go Vols!

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to underthehill:

So far, Martin has exceeded expectations..and it is good to get the contract resolved... with Stokes having the potential to be among the best rebounders in the nation..it is reasonable to think they could be a much better team this year..Martin will never be another Pearl and he don't have to be to be a great coach..I too think UT will be in the top 3 best teams in the conference..

How has he exceeded expectations? Our expectations should be to go to the NCAA tournament, we went to the NIT. . .if your expectations for this program isn't even to get to the NIT, I question your fandom.

TallHillBillyVol writes:

Dude's underpaid.

Basketvol writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

How has he exceeded expectations? Our expectations should be to go to the NCAA tournament, we went to the NIT. . .if your expectations for this program isn't even to get to the NIT, I question your fandom.

He certainly exceeded your expectations, which has been pointed out on this site repeatedly. Why can't you give credit where credit is due?

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

money thrown away Martin wont last long

underthehill writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

How has he exceeded expectations? Our expectations should be to go to the NCAA tournament, we went to the NIT. . .if your expectations for this program isn't even to get to the NIT, I question your fandom.

UT is a member of the SEC and they were predicted to be among the last teams in the conference..they finished 2nd..beating a very good Vandy team that beat KY for the conference tournament championship...and by the way ..the game Martin coaches is called basketball..any more stupid questions...

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to underthehill:

UT is a member of the SEC and they were predicted to be among the last teams in the conference..they finished 2nd..beating a very good Vandy team that beat KY for the conference tournament championship...and by the way ..the game Martin coaches is called basketball..any more stupid questions...

Please pplease please DON'T ask WKR if he has any MORE stupid questions!??? PLEASE! Questions are ok as my high school teachers and college professors claimed. However the remarks that come-a-long with are not so great.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to BigOrangeSmoker:

money thrown away Martin wont last long

SorrySmoker!!? I didn't mean to re-post your funny remark. (NOTICE I didn't say stupid remark or your idiotic comment or your attempt to please the KNS staff by getting an argument going)

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

The man's been a Division I head coach and never been to an NCAA tournament, exactly what makes him worth $2 Million? Frankly, I think we're overpaying for a coach we're probably going to have to fire within the next two years when his sub par recruits wind up going nowhere.

I think any coach at UT should at least have to beat Austin Peay to get 2 million per year.But maybe the NIT was impressive compared to the lousy state of UT football.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

OH MAN! they're talking together now! sorta like talking to yourself. Who knows what school WKR is really for?! the pro-handlerguy is Vandy...right? Sooo why's he talking about UT football? Doesn't make sense...typical though.

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