Cuonzo Martin isn't going to Marquette.
The Tennessee men's basketball coach removed his name from the Marquette coaching search, a source with knowledge of the search told the News Sentinel early Tuesday morning.
Martin, 42, had been in conversations with Marquette about its vacant head coaching job, which became available when Buzz Williams bolted for Virginia Tech.
ESPN reported early Monday morning that Martin met with Marquette on Sunday. And Marquette's interest was concrete enough that Marquette deputy athletic director Mike Broeker asked Hall of Fame coach Gene Keady for a reference on Martin late last week. Keady coached Martin at Purdue and later hired him as a Boilermakers assistant
“I think they’re interested,” Keady said of the Golden Eagles.
UT athletic director Dave Hart, through a spokesman, declined to comment about Martin's status on Monday.
“We do not comment on searches at other institutions,” UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton told the News Sentinel in a text message.
On Friday, UT senior associate athletic director Jon Gilbert told the News Sentinel that Hart and Martin were expected to meet soon to review the 2013-14 season. Gilbert said the meeting would take place "in due time." Attempts to confirm that the meeting took place on Monday were unsuccessful.
Martin just finished the third season of a five-year contract worth $1.35 million annually. On Tuesday, Martin's buyout decreased by 50 percent, dropping from $3.2 million to $1.6 million.
Martin’s three UT teams have compiled a win-loss record of 63-41. This season’s Sweet 16 run was his first trip to the NCAA tournament. It followed back-to-back appearances in the NIT. His winning percentage is third-best in the SEC among the conference’s current coaches. His annual salary is believed to be 11th out of 14 SEC coaches.