Source: Cuonzo Martin pulls his name out of running for Marquette position

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin watches his team practice before Tennessee's NCAA Sweet 16 game against Michigan at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, March 27, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin watches his team practice before Tennessee's NCAA Sweet 16 game against Michigan at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, March 27, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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.

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Chris_L75 writes:

If this is in any way accurate, then I guess Wake Forest may be our next center of conversation and mystery. (Be mindful of the date stamped on this article, however!)

mother1983 writes:

Really glad to hear Cuonzo is staying! I wouldn't have blamed him one bit though if he left the way UT treated him. Time to wake up UT stop "threatening" coaches!! Look at the last 10 years....not working!!!!

trek writes:

Just because he's supposedly withdrawn his name doesn't mean he's staying. He still might have other interested schools to meet. There has been no official statement from him or from UT.

johndavid writes:

Why did he have to withdraw his name? He told the recruits it was just rumors and to ignore them.

He may have played Hart for $ he hasn't earned.

I'm not happy he was meeting with them. When was the last time we had a head coach meeting with another school besides Kiffin?

grand96 writes:

Counzo made a mistake. When door opens to get away from a fan base that does not really like you . It is time to go. Your only support from this Vol fan base is to always be winning . Problem is . That not nature of sports for the most part. That is why it is so special with you have a team that is winning often. Very seldom is it always the coach in this formula. So he should have left. Hey I like em. I just hate the way our fans are. They do not give a man a chance. 3 YRS to produce and that is it with them.

Snapshot writes:

in response to johndavid:

Why did he have to withdraw his name? He told the recruits it was just rumors and to ignore them.

He may have played Hart for $ he hasn't earned.

I'm not happy he was meeting with them. When was the last time we had a head coach meeting with another school besides Kiffin?

I agree 100%. He tells the recruits to ignore the rumors then gets on a plane to Marquette. How honest was that, you decide.

Clearly just a ploy to get more $$, plain and simple.

westknoxrepub writes:

If he stays, he's never going to have an opportunity like that again. After his recruting is exposed here and we fall into the basketball abyss, he's going to get fired and have to take jobs in bad small time conferences. If he wants to get to Purdue he needs to go.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

Hey there is no loyalty in sports from any side so I don't blame him for seeing what is out there. If a job offered me 1/3 more of what I make now, I am going to seriously consider going there. You can't take things personal. Like Coach said, this is a suppose to be a place to build young men and women so they can become productive citizens but end the end it is about wins, nothing more. If a fan base can't be behind a man that makes boys into men and wins on top of it, what can you do? Lets hope that he does not listen to you negative people. I really want him to stay.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

"UT athletic director Dave Hart, through a spokesman, declined to comment about Martin's status on Monday."
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Gotta love the world we live in today, where it's necessary to use a spokesman in order to not say anything.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Anyone in his right mind would be trying to get more dollars. Hey, if the company across the street gives you a chance to interview for a job that may give you more dollars and more perks you would be a fool not to take advantage of the opportunity. Oh, I just hit on the key word, FOOL. That describes many of the folks who proffer their opinions on this site. It's kinda like when you marry the girl you are madly in love with. Then you suddenly fall out of love and find that second girl you are madly in love with. Then the same thing happens again and again. Fickled is a word that easily describes many of the UT fans. The other word is bigoted. Conzo is a great man, a much better man and person than most of us who post here. Character matters and if a certain person who did take the university for twice as much money as Conzo is making had had a little more character all of the typing that has represented the posts here for the past three years would have not taken place. I would guess that Hart knew with a great degree of certainty that Conzo wold not leave here for Marquett if they were indeed to talk about a pay increase and a little more security. Notice I am not suggesting this idea as a fact only as a guess. You see most of what is posted here is not fact based but speculative in nature. I hope Conzo stays, makes all the naysayers eat crow, oh they will never admit it though. If the Vols have success it will be like a cab driver told me in DC. He said that you could not find anyone who voted for Richard Nixon. No one would admit it after the Watergate scandal. The naysayers will become the hey heysayers if UT has some BB success with Conzo. Go UT and Go Conzo. Crow can be served in a pie just as folks use to eat Robin Pie. Robin Pie was not too bad and it did fill your stomach.

vol1957 writes:

in response to johndavid:

Why did he have to withdraw his name? He told the recruits it was just rumors and to ignore them.

He may have played Hart for $ he hasn't earned.

I'm not happy he was meeting with them. When was the last time we had a head coach meeting with another school besides Kiffin?

I don't understand your point. A person would be crazy not to to listen to an offer that could possibly better their current position, no matter what profession you are in. I also don't understand the fickle Tennessee basketball fans. Current players, former UT basketball players, Coach Martin's peers, other colleges all seem to support Cuonzo Martin...why can't many of you critics realize that we have a great coach?

allvol8 writes:

in response to vol1957:

I don't understand your point. A person would be crazy not to to listen to an offer that could possibly better their current position, no matter what profession you are in. I also don't understand the fickle Tennessee basketball fans. Current players, former UT basketball players, Coach Martin's peers, other colleges all seem to support Cuonzo Martin...why can't many of you critics realize that we have a great coach?

Allan Houston is very supportive of Cuonzo as well as Bernard King; I trust their judgment more than any of these posters.. any how GBO!

scvols writes:

in response to allvol8:

Allan Houston is very supportive of Cuonzo as well as Bernard King; I trust their judgment more than any of these posters.. any how GBO!

We just got spoiled with Coach Pearl. Great recruiter, good coach, going to Big Dance every year. Getting the most from his team, night in, night out. Now that Pearl is gone, Coach Martin will do. He will need to make the Big Dance in the next three years and go far into it.

GerryOP writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

If he stays, he's never going to have an opportunity like that again. After his recruting is exposed here and we fall into the basketball abyss, he's going to get fired and have to take jobs in bad small time conferences. If he wants to get to Purdue he needs to go.

wkr, you keep posting the same trash and junk over and over and over. You must enjoy being wrong.

namici#1422384 writes:

in response to allvol8:

Allan Houston is very supportive of Cuonzo as well as Bernard King; I trust their judgment more than any of these posters.. any how GBO!

Well duh. You think they are going to publicly speak out against the current coach of Tennessee??? Come on man, use your brain.

What do you think they would say if Martin was fired, and Coach "X" was hired??? Think they would say something to the effect of "I think Coach 'X' is a good hire for Tennessee, and believe he is going to do great things with the program"??? They would, and you know it. You're not fooling anyone by putting so much stock into what Houston and King say about the current coach at Tennessee.

AxeMan writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

If he stays, he's never going to have an opportunity like that again. After his recruting is exposed here and we fall into the basketball abyss, he's going to get fired and have to take jobs in bad small time conferences. If he wants to get to Purdue he needs to go.

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kristienich#1438349 writes:

in response to johndavid:

Why did he have to withdraw his name? He told the recruits it was just rumors and to ignore them.

He may have played Hart for $ he hasn't earned.

I'm not happy he was meeting with them. When was the last time we had a head coach meeting with another school besides Kiffin?

Johndavid, I have watched sportscenter almost everyday for the last 25 years and anytime a school ask to speak with a coach if they have a chance or not of hiring him or her they are allowed to and once that happens, the coach usually makes a statement he has withdrawn his name for consideration so they can move to their next choice. You should remember that when we was looking for a head Football coach after Kiffin jetted.

vol1957 writes:

in response to namici#1422384:

Well duh. You think they are going to publicly speak out against the current coach of Tennessee??? Come on man, use your brain.

What do you think they would say if Martin was fired, and Coach "X" was hired??? Think they would say something to the effect of "I think Coach 'X' is a good hire for Tennessee, and believe he is going to do great things with the program"??? They would, and you know it. You're not fooling anyone by putting so much stock into what Houston and King say about the current coach at Tennessee.

Former UT football players were not speaking out in favor of Coach Dooley.

PHAT_Daddy writes:

In the "free" market, institutions and individuals can "test the waters" equally. Evidently, Martin did just that with Marquette. As far as UT's displeasure with Martin during the year it was WELL FOUNDED. The bottom line in the middle of Feburary his team lacked terribly. I'm not certain the late season push should save his job. BTW, I never was in favor of bringing Pearl back. A liar is no better than a underachiever which Martin is.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to AxeMan:

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Three star recruits with unimpressive offer lists will not win here, all Pearl's players are gone, it's going to get bad.

FWBVol writes:

in response to johndavid:

Why did he have to withdraw his name? He told the recruits it was just rumors and to ignore them.

He may have played Hart for $ he hasn't earned.

I'm not happy he was meeting with them. When was the last time we had a head coach meeting with another school besides Kiffin?

You and so many like you slay me. You claim a coach's value can be shown by who else would hire him, but when he gets an interview with another school you say he shouldn't be retained.

Evidently there are some schools out there that would be happy to have Cuonzo Martin as the head basketball coach.

Of course, now that Marquette hired somebody else, the next verse to the sad song will be that Martin withdrew his name from consideration when he realized he wasn't going to get the job.

westknoxrepub writes:

I think what happened was Marquette did their homework, saw what a horrible recruiter that Martin is, and said no thanks, but allowed him to save face by stating he pulled out. Let's hope Wake Forest wants him and doesn't do a thorough background check.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to GerryOP:

wkr, you keep posting the same trash and junk over and over and over. You must enjoy being wrong.

WITH McRae, Maymon and Stokes, Martin made the NCAA tournament once in three years. . .what about what's left gives you confidence he can get back in the tournament. Medicore players in a bad leage are not going to get into the tournament. Just do your research, look at who he's brought in here. Four players in this years class, all three stars, only one of which had any offers from top level programs, and even Austin's offer list is so-so.

johndavid writes:

in response to vol1957:

I don't understand your point. A person would be crazy not to to listen to an offer that could possibly better their current position, no matter what profession you are in. I also don't understand the fickle Tennessee basketball fans. Current players, former UT basketball players, Coach Martin's peers, other colleges all seem to support Cuonzo Martin...why can't many of you critics realize that we have a great coach?

You don't like my point. It's not that you don't understand it. If you really don't understand it I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT ANY SIMPLIER. He either misled recruits or used Marquette. I think he did a little of both. This from the same guy who had too much integrity to ask Purdue for a scouting report om Michigan. I don't think he needed a scouting report from Purdue. The News Sentinel reported that Glenn Robinson liked to take a high % of his shots from 2 to 5 ft. But there was slow 6'4 or 5 Maymon 19ft from the rim going for shot fakes from one of their least effective 3 point shooters who realy wanted to get to the rim. He actually didn't even need a shot fake) Robinson even stated he could not guard me and had to be taken out. But Martin was confident enough before the game to say " he would go to war with Maymon against Robinson anyday" The biggest mismatch I have seen all year. Martin would have stuck with it ALL GAME IF Maymon had not gotten into foul trouble.

If you want to listen to another offer be honest about it. With a state income tax they would have to offer alot of money to give him a significant bump. Looking around is not good publicity for the institution and your program. How do you sell a recruit on TN if you publicly look around yourself?

Your last statement is false. Either you are lying or not reading the paper that you are commenting on. 3 weeks ago 70% plus wanted a different coach and still today the highest choice among fans was to let him go to Marquette
in the News Sentinel poll.

How can you not know that every coach that has ever been fired has had fans ,coaching peers, former players, Mom , Dad, best friend etc say he is a great guy and coach. Coaching peers love to say it because mediocre coaches help them keep their job longer.

I hope this helps you understand the point of view of thousands upon tens of thousands of Vol fans.

VOLFTBL writes:

in response to mother1983:

Really glad to hear Cuonzo is staying! I wouldn't have blamed him one bit though if he left the way UT treated him. Time to wake up UT stop "threatening" coaches!! Look at the last 10 years....not working!!!!

I totally agree that Cuonzo staying is a good thing for our program if that's how it ends up. Revovling door coaches are bad for any program! Go Vols!

Snapshot writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

WITH McRae, Maymon and Stokes, Martin made the NCAA tournament once in three years. . .what about what's left gives you confidence he can get back in the tournament. Medicore players in a bad leage are not going to get into the tournament. Just do your research, look at who he's brought in here. Four players in this years class, all three stars, only one of which had any offers from top level programs, and even Austin's offer list is so-so.

There you go, confusing people with the facts! lol

Maybe they will turn out better than expected, maybe not. The fact is, it doesn't matter how good a coach you are, if you don't have elite players you are not going to win at an elite level. Too many fans on here seem to be willing to settle for average.

GerryOP writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

WITH McRae, Maymon and Stokes, Martin made the NCAA tournament once in three years. . .what about what's left gives you confidence he can get back in the tournament. Medicore players in a bad leage are not going to get into the tournament. Just do your research, look at who he's brought in here. Four players in this years class, all three stars, only one of which had any offers from top level programs, and even Austin's offer list is so-so.

So wkr, what you are saying is that those left on the roster will never be better than they are today. Three years ago you would have said the same about McRae, Stokes, Richardson, and Maymon ... not starters or difference makers.

We now have an entire squad recruited by 'Zo. This means that they all have the talents to fit 'Zo's style of play. 'Zo will develop those talents.

Hubbs, Richardson, Moore, Davis, and Reese appear to be a pretty good foundation for a team. With a little coaching from 'Zo, we will be fine.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

GUYS it is obvious you can't listen to Westknox, John David, or Snapshot. Please Please try to ignore them. I honestly don't think they are UT fans. They probably have horrible lives and come on here to stir things up to make them feel good about themselves.

murrayvol writes:

in response to GerryOP:

wkr, you keep posting the same trash and junk over and over and over. You must enjoy being wrong.

I don't think he "enjoys" being wrong Gerry. He just doesn't have much to say.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to GerryOP:

So wkr, what you are saying is that those left on the roster will never be better than they are today. Three years ago you would have said the same about McRae, Stokes, Richardson, and Maymon ... not starters or difference makers.

We now have an entire squad recruited by 'Zo. This means that they all have the talents to fit 'Zo's style of play. 'Zo will develop those talents.

Hubbs, Richardson, Moore, Davis, and Reese appear to be a pretty good foundation for a team. With a little coaching from 'Zo, we will be fine.

Um. . .we barely made it into the tournament this year with Stokes, Maymon, and McRae. . .Martin has more losses vs. 100+ RPI teams in the past three years than Pearl and Peterson had combined. . .and our talent level is taking a serious drop (85% of scoring and rebounding wont' be here next year), to replace them he's bringing in four, three star players, only one of which got any offers from teams in the NCAA tournament. It's a serious drop off, and Marquette saw he couldn't recruit so decided to hrie an unproven assistant over Martin.

Volfan14 writes:

Or did Marquete pull Cuonzo's name from their list and give him time to pull out to save face? Hart should stand firm with a decent raise and short extension and a warning that another interview will end his job at UT. The whinning and crying media think Martin is the next Adolf Rupp. The man has no personality or abilities to motivate his teams. A long extension will result in a high pay off to drop him later.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to Volfan14:

Or did Marquete pull Cuonzo's name from their list and give him time to pull out to save face? Hart should stand firm with a decent raise and short extension and a warning that another interview will end his job at UT. The whinning and crying media think Martin is the next Adolf Rupp. The man has no personality or abilities to motivate his teams. A long extension will result in a high pay off to drop him later.

So I guess you are at every meeting or practice that Coach Martin has with his players. Please tell me how you know he has no ability to motivate his players because if you look at where they started to where they finished, I would say that is motivating a team to play better.

Volfan14 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Um. . .we barely made it into the tournament this year with Stokes, Maymon, and McRae. . .Martin has more losses vs. 100+ RPI teams in the past three years than Pearl and Peterson had combined. . .and our talent level is taking a serious drop (85% of scoring and rebounding wont' be here next year), to replace them he's bringing in four, three star players, only one of which got any offers from teams in the NCAA tournament. It's a serious drop off, and Marquette saw he couldn't recruit so decided to hrie an unproven assistant over Martin.

If anyone thinks Martin has ever coached up talent at UT, let me know what games you watched because the ones I watched were horrible except the last desperate fling each season. UT rarely appeared prepared to play in the first 2/3 of the season each year. I think the players picked it this year to save Cuonzo's job, at least for a year.

Volfan14 writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

So I guess you are at every meeting or practice that Coach Martin has with his players. Please tell me how you know he has no ability to motivate his players because if you look at where they started to where they finished, I would say that is motivating a team to play better.

I have attended every practice that you have. None. Which has absolutely nothing to do with my statement based upon watching the team play. Until the second loss to A & M, this team looked horrible.

murrayvol writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

GUYS it is obvious you can't listen to Westknox, John David, or Snapshot. Please Please try to ignore them. I honestly don't think they are UT fans. They probably have horrible lives and come on here to stir things up to make them feel good about themselves.

We (those who frequent this site) often fall into the trap of listening (reading) to what a small handful of hardwired Cuonzo bashers have to say and obsess about what this path or that might mean for a basketball program we love.

In short what they say means nothing because they know nothing. Like the rest of us they read, surmise, and come to conclusions that don't amount to a hill of beans.

This will all play out in good time and we'll go forward with or w/o CCM. Right now it's looking like with but I wouldn't bet the house on it.

Volfan14 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

We (those who frequent this site) often fall into the trap of listening (reading) to what a small handful of hardwired Cuonzo bashers have to say and obsess about what this path or that might mean for a basketball program we love.

In short what they say means nothing because they know nothing. Like the rest of us they read, surmise, and come to conclusions that don't amount to a hill of beans.

This will all play out in good time and we'll go forward with or w/o CCM. Right now it's looking like with but I wouldn't bet the house on it.

Anyone disagreeing with you must have a horrible life. You sound wimpish. If Marquete would have had Cuonzo, he would be gone. Now that he has no options but to stay, treat him like he deserves, a modest raise, a short extension and a compliment for saving a disaster that would have led to his firing if not for making the NCAA tourn. NO MORE.

Theo writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Three star recruits with unimpressive offer lists will not win here, all Pearl's players are gone, it's going to get bad.

I would hate to live in your skin.
Don't we have a five star redshirt on the bench that was recruited by CCM?
You have no credibility here. Anyone who has been on this site for a while knows that you hated CCM and ran him down before the first jump ball of his UT career. Just stop.

GerryOP writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Um. . .we barely made it into the tournament this year with Stokes, Maymon, and McRae. . .Martin has more losses vs. 100+ RPI teams in the past three years than Pearl and Peterson had combined. . .and our talent level is taking a serious drop (85% of scoring and rebounding wont' be here next year), to replace them he's bringing in four, three star players, only one of which got any offers from teams in the NCAA tournament. It's a serious drop off, and Marquette saw he couldn't recruit so decided to hrie an unproven assistant over Martin.

wkr, your 1st sentence is true. I would have to see numbers re: your 2nd sentence, not that it matters. Your 3rd sentence is also true. However, you forget to mention that 'Zo got our Vols into the Sweet 16. 3 of the best games we have seen from our Vols all year.

The rest of your post is pure speculation based on what you know today about the rest of our squad and recruits. Again, you are assuming that our squad and recruits will never be better than they are today. As I said, you would have said they same about Stokes, Maymon, McRae, and Richardson 3 years ago. You would have been wrong back then too. Each of those players have publicly thanked 'Zo for what he has done to make each a better basketball player AND a better men.

Likewise, what went on between 'Zo and MU is pure speculation. However, several well respected people have stated that 'Zo was MU's 1st choice ... after the interview.

GerryOP writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I don't think he "enjoys" being wrong Gerry. He just doesn't have much to say.

Is wkr the kind of guy who doesn't say much ... but when he says something, he doesn't say much?

carlvolfan#216136 writes:

Congratulations to Duke assistant coach, WoJo, the NEW Marquette Coach.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to Volfan14:

I have attended every practice that you have. None. Which has absolutely nothing to do with my statement based upon watching the team play. Until the second loss to A & M, this team looked horrible.

"The man has no personality or abilities to motivate his teams."
That is what you said. The point is you don't know if this team was not playing up to the Coaches ability. Maybe he turned up the screws and helped this team to understand what it is to play defense first and offense second. The problem with you guys is that you don't look at the full body of work and admit what kind of mess he was in when he took the job. ANYTIME AND I MEAN ANYTIME you come to a program that is under the microscope you are going to lose recruits. He had to find bodies just to fill the roster the first year. In basketball, that sets you back. I am sorry guys but Coach Pearl did not leave the Vols with elite talent. Just listen to yourselves. Do you honestly think any of Pearls recruits could start on any of the elite teams? Maymom no, McRae maybe on some top teams but not all.

AxeMan writes:

in response to AxeMan:

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Wow, wkr really doesn't like the truth being pointed out so here it goes again. I guess now "westknoxrepub" will have to go back to praying for Stokes to leave. When CCM was hired wkr predicted Tennessee would finish 11th out of 12 in the conference with 12 wins. They finished 2nd with 19. He then predicted Tennessee would finish 13th out of 14 in CCM's 2nd year. They finished 5th with 20 wins. He also said if Tennessee didn't make it to the NCAA tournament within 4 years he should be fired. All that came before CCM ever coached a game here. He even called CCM's first "Midnight Madness" a "candlelight vigil." When or you going man up westknoxrepub and admit all your predictions of doom have been resoundingly proven WRONG?

AxeMan writes:

You petty little POS.

FWBVol writes:

in response to Volfan14:

Or did Marquete pull Cuonzo's name from their list and give him time to pull out to save face? Hart should stand firm with a decent raise and short extension and a warning that another interview will end his job at UT. The whinning and crying media think Martin is the next Adolf Rupp. The man has no personality or abilities to motivate his teams. A long extension will result in a high pay off to drop him later.

Have you attended a practice run by Cuonzo Martin or been in the locker room with the team before a game our at the half? If not, how can you say he has no abilities to motivate the team?

Have you sat down and had a conversation with the man? If not, how can you say he has no personality?

If you were to base Hall of Fame NFL coach Tom Landry's abilities to motivate and his personality strictly on his sideline persona you would be wrong. Landry's intense stare and stoic look was that of a man plotting ahead and thinking in front of the opposition. Of course it took Landry seven years to have his first season that he won more games than he lost. I guess it's a good thing his bosses didn't think like you do.

One's life circumstances often influence the way the appear in public situations when the spotlight is shining brightly on them.

Not everyone is a Bruce Pearl or Ray Mears that is show and flash.

I've always believed that still water runs deep and I want that still, deep water influencing our basketball players at UT.

I believe Martin is doing things the right way and he can be an asset to UT for a long time to come if people let him coach and give him the support he needs to do his job.

GerryOP writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Have you attended a practice run by Cuonzo Martin or been in the locker room with the team before a game our at the half? If not, how can you say he has no abilities to motivate the team?

Have you sat down and had a conversation with the man? If not, how can you say he has no personality?

If you were to base Hall of Fame NFL coach Tom Landry's abilities to motivate and his personality strictly on his sideline persona you would be wrong. Landry's intense stare and stoic look was that of a man plotting ahead and thinking in front of the opposition. Of course it took Landry seven years to have his first season that he won more games than he lost. I guess it's a good thing his bosses didn't think like you do.

One's life circumstances often influence the way the appear in public situations when the spotlight is shining brightly on them.

Not everyone is a Bruce Pearl or Ray Mears that is show and flash.

I've always believed that still water runs deep and I want that still, deep water influencing our basketball players at UT.

I believe Martin is doing things the right way and he can be an asset to UT for a long time to come if people let him coach and give him the support he needs to do his job.

Amen brother, amen! Well said.

AxeMan writes:

in response to Snapshot:

There you go, confusing people with the facts! lol

Maybe they will turn out better than expected, maybe not. The fact is, it doesn't matter how good a coach you are, if you don't have elite players you are not going to win at an elite level. Too many fans on here seem to be willing to settle for average.

Here's some facts.

According to 24/7 Sports.

The UConn 2014 recruiting class is ranked 24th.
The Tennessee 2014 recruiting class is ranked 38th.

The UConn 2013 recruiting class ranked 42nd.
The Tennessee 2013 recruiting class ranked 26th.

The UConn 2012 recruiting class ranked 50th.
The Tennessee 2012 recruiting class ranked 58th.

UConn average: 38.66
Tennessee average: 40.66

Tennessee had 2 juniors from the 2011 recruiting class on this year's roster.

Jarnell Stokes-15 pts per game.
Josh Richardson-10 pts per game.

UConn has 3 juniors from the 2011 recruiting class on this year's roster.

Ryan Boatright-12 pts per game.
DeAndre Daniels-13 pts per game.
Pat Lenehan-4 pts all season.

UConn is in the Final 4 and Tennessee made it to the Sweet 16 which is "an elite level" and "average" recruiting would be a ranking of 175.5.

johndavid writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

"The man has no personality or abilities to motivate his teams."
That is what you said. The point is you don't know if this team was not playing up to the Coaches ability. Maybe he turned up the screws and helped this team to understand what it is to play defense first and offense second. The problem with you guys is that you don't look at the full body of work and admit what kind of mess he was in when he took the job. ANYTIME AND I MEAN ANYTIME you come to a program that is under the microscope you are going to lose recruits. He had to find bodies just to fill the roster the first year. In basketball, that sets you back. I am sorry guys but Coach Pearl did not leave the Vols with elite talent. Just listen to yourselves. Do you honestly think any of Pearls recruits could start on any of the elite teams? Maymom no, McRae maybe on some top teams but not all.

Anybody who thinks Mcrae ( 1st team ALL SEC Mcrae)2 yrs running- Preseason Runnerup for SEC Player of year) Top 7 or 8 all time in blocked shots around 15th all time in scoring etc would not start on A GOOD team loses all credibility. You say Maymon is worse but yet Martin could not do better in 3 yrs. SO YOUR MAIN POINT IS PEARL LEFT mARTIN WITH A little BUT PEARLS WORST IS BETTER THAN MARTINS BEST RECRUITS!!!By saying its not Pearls elite talent is a direct condemnation of Martins recruiting. Great thoughtout support of Martin!!!

THIS SEEMS TO BE THE MAIN ARGUMENT OF MARTINS SUPPORTORS AND IT IS A DIRECT CONDEMNATION OF Martin's recruiting!

vols1002 writes:

in response to VOLFTBL:

I totally agree that Cuonzo staying is a good thing for our program if that's how it ends up. Revovling door coaches are bad for any program! Go Vols!

I agree also I was one that was critic of Cuonzo but to let him go now would be crazy who do you think would want to come here and coach after firing someone who just went to the sweet sixteen.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to johndavid:

Anybody who thinks Mcrae ( 1st team ALL SEC Mcrae)2 yrs running- Preseason Runnerup for SEC Player of year) Top 7 or 8 all time in blocked shots around 15th all time in scoring etc would not start on A GOOD team loses all credibility. You say Maymon is worse but yet Martin could not do better in 3 yrs. SO YOUR MAIN POINT IS PEARL LEFT mARTIN WITH A little BUT PEARLS WORST IS BETTER THAN MARTINS BEST RECRUITS!!!By saying its not Pearls elite talent is a direct condemnation of Martins recruiting. Great thoughtout support of Martin!!!

THIS SEEMS TO BE THE MAIN ARGUMENT OF MARTINS SUPPORTORS AND IT IS A DIRECT CONDEMNATION OF Martin's recruiting!

1st Team all SEC is not first team all Big TEN or ACC. None of the players (excluding Kentucky) in the SEC are considered locks in the NBA. You are the one that out of touch. To think McRae would start for Kansas or Kentucky is crazy. I like McRae don't get me wrong, but it is what it is. You are the one that has lost credibility. I am just keeping things real which you have a problem doing.

johndavid writes:

in response to FWBVol:

You and so many like you slay me. You claim a coach's value can be shown by who else would hire him, but when he gets an interview with another school you say he shouldn't be retained.

Evidently there are some schools out there that would be happy to have Cuonzo Martin as the head basketball coach.

Of course, now that Marquette hired somebody else, the next verse to the sad song will be that Martin withdrew his name from consideration when he realized he wasn't going to get the job.

You and others SLAY me? I dont even know what that means. But I do know you cannot read or choose to claim I say things I don't.
I have said on here less than 24 hrs ago we should give him 1 or 2 yrs extension and 1.6 or 7 and see what he does next yr. Who wants him? Marquette may have or may not have. We don't know for sure but we know they did not want him really bad.

By the way , being wanted and going for an interview are 2 different things! are they not?

No wonder all you all thought we would not make the tournament. Reading comprehension is not your strong points.

Good coaches are always wanted by other schools. Fulmer was once wanted by a few schools but by the time we committed for 7 yrs and big $ nobody wanted him and majority here did not. But most schools would have given him a courtesy interview like Martin may have got. Martin has more value than Fulmer had when we way overpaid him.

If I'M WRONG SHOW ME WHERE I SAID HE SHOULD NOT BE RETAINED. I wont be waiting because I know you wont respond.

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