Signee says Cuonzo Martin and staff instructing UT signees to ignore 'rumors' about Martin to Marquette

ESPN reports Martin is target for Marquette

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Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin leaves the court after losing to Michigan, 73-71, in a Sweet 16 game Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Photo by Saul Young, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel

SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin leaves the court after losing to Michigan, 73-71, in a Sweet 16 game Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The day after the Tennessee men’s basketball team was bounced from the NCAA tournament, Vols coach Cuonzo Martin and his assistants assured members of their 2014 signing class they are not leaving Knoxville.

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UTForever writes:

The report about Marquette's interest in Coach Martin is not surprising. As usual, UT has handled this situation incompetently. Hart is a joke, as is Chancellor Jimmy. If we lose Coach Martin, UT fans should unite and push for the firing of Hart and Chancellor Jimmy.

trek writes:

Hart should have been actively, vocally supporting Coach Martin when the ridiculous petition became public. And thanks to the idiots that signed that petition, others that called in every single day to the sports radio station and talked about that petition and all of Coach Martin's shortcomings ad nauseam (mainly a guy named Jamie and another brain trust named Mike) and camped out on any sports forum they could and whined for months, there's a good chance UT has lost potential recruits and possibly a very good coach. Hope you're proud of yourselves.

gward2020#1432713 writes:

Hart needs to sign Martin to a 3 year extension making him the third highest paid coach in the league, an amount he has earned only behind Calipari and Donovan. He is only getting better as a coach and is already an exceptional leader and man.

Vol-in-GA writes:

Up until mid to late Feb, Martin was going to be fired based on Harts criteria. So, Hart standing up for Martin would have been disingenuous. With that said, a lot of fans, including myself in the "silent majority" should have spoken up. I still want to know why it took Martin's criticism to turn these kids around. It looks as if Martin will be retained and given a better salary to place him in top three of SEC, as he should. I hope that next year we have solid play "all year" for the sake of winning and not "to save" coach. However, a good coach uses what works. Nice job coach!

woodcutter writes:

Martin would be smart to leave now. This years team is the best he has had and the future looks bleak - look at his recruiting. If he stays at UT, Martin will be fired in two years. Martin is not a good coach or recruiter, and the next few years will prove that.

goobervol writes:

Many thanks to the three posters ahead of me for their respectful, considerate, dignified, and sincere comments about the situation. Actually my only reservations about this entire situation center around the timing of the articles and the immediate planning for next year's team when some fans did not even afford an opportunity for THEIR BB team to regroup, recover, and heal from open wounds that culminated in broken spirits on Friday, just 2 days ago. The expression about beating a dead horse is laughable at best. The first blow kills it, yet we continue to beat it over and over again. How futile. It's dead but somehow it makes us feel good to keep beating it. CCM and the team have been the dead horse for the majority of the season. Some fans continued with the beatings, and yet we expect CCM to get up, dust himself off, and start working for next year. It does not work that way, my fellow brethren. God watches us at all times, especially when we open our "mouths" on the computer. As you sit in church today, please ask yourself this question. Whom did I disappoint and hurt the most by my behavior, CCM and team or Jesus?
Isn't it wonderful that Jesus still loves us in spite of ourselves and our vicious tongues?
Have a blessed day, my friends.

goobervol writes:

in response to goobervol:

Many thanks to the three posters ahead of me for their respectful, considerate, dignified, and sincere comments about the situation. Actually my only reservations about this entire situation center around the timing of the articles and the immediate planning for next year's team when some fans did not even afford an opportunity for THEIR BB team to regroup, recover, and heal from open wounds that culminated in broken spirits on Friday, just 2 days ago. The expression about beating a dead horse is laughable at best. The first blow kills it, yet we continue to beat it over and over again. How futile. It's dead but somehow it makes us feel good to keep beating it. CCM and the team have been the dead horse for the majority of the season. Some fans continued with the beatings, and yet we expect CCM to get up, dust himself off, and start working for next year. It does not work that way, my fellow brethren. God watches us at all times, especially when we open our "mouths" on the computer. As you sit in church today, please ask yourself this question. Whom did I disappoint and hurt the most by my behavior, CCM and team or Jesus?
Isn't it wonderful that Jesus still loves us in spite of ourselves and our vicious tongues?
Have a blessed day, my friends.

Correction: First 3 posts

Snapshot writes:

in response to UTForever:

The report about Marquette's interest in Coach Martin is not surprising. As usual, UT has handled this situation incompetently. Hart is a joke, as is Chancellor Jimmy. If we lose Coach Martin, UT fans should unite and push for the firing of Hart and Chancellor Jimmy.

And just what exactly is Hart supposed to say about another schools coaching vacancy? Let me help you with that, nothing! It is not his concern. Until Martin says he is not interested the rumors will persist. It is his job to comment, not the administration.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to goobervol:

Many thanks to the three posters ahead of me for their respectful, considerate, dignified, and sincere comments about the situation. Actually my only reservations about this entire situation center around the timing of the articles and the immediate planning for next year's team when some fans did not even afford an opportunity for THEIR BB team to regroup, recover, and heal from open wounds that culminated in broken spirits on Friday, just 2 days ago. The expression about beating a dead horse is laughable at best. The first blow kills it, yet we continue to beat it over and over again. How futile. It's dead but somehow it makes us feel good to keep beating it. CCM and the team have been the dead horse for the majority of the season. Some fans continued with the beatings, and yet we expect CCM to get up, dust himself off, and start working for next year. It does not work that way, my fellow brethren. God watches us at all times, especially when we open our "mouths" on the computer. As you sit in church today, please ask yourself this question. Whom did I disappoint and hurt the most by my behavior, CCM and team or Jesus?
Isn't it wonderful that Jesus still loves us in spite of ourselves and our vicious tongues?
Have a blessed day, my friends.

Well said. It seems some of our "fans" are of the same mind as the apocryphal HR type who said, "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

AxeMan writes:

in response to Vol-in-GA:

Up until mid to late Feb, Martin was going to be fired based on Harts criteria. So, Hart standing up for Martin would have been disingenuous. With that said, a lot of fans, including myself in the "silent majority" should have spoken up. I still want to know why it took Martin's criticism to turn these kids around. It looks as if Martin will be retained and given a better salary to place him in top three of SEC, as he should. I hope that next year we have solid play "all year" for the sake of winning and not "to save" coach. However, a good coach uses what works. Nice job coach!

Tennessee went 8-2 the last 10 games of the regular season of both the previous seasons under Martin without criticism or petitions. Following that pattern it is likely the petition and stupidity had nothing to do with the late season run. Consistency and solid play all year is fine, but its best to be hot at the end.

underthehill writes:

in response to woodcutter:

Martin would be smart to leave now. This years team is the best he has had and the future looks bleak - look at his recruiting. If he stays at UT, Martin will be fired in two years. Martin is not a good coach or recruiter, and the next few years will prove that.

If Martin does not leave it will most likely be because he is not offered the Marq job.. I heard UT had notified the NIT they were not coming if they did not make the NCAA..Hart had said the minimum for this team was to make the NCAA..big boosters wanted him gone..so it seems Martin would have been given a buy out if they had not got in the tourney..so it would be best for TN and Martin if he gets the Marq job..if he stays and Pearl gets a win for Auburn next year..you ain't seen no fan base reaction like that would be..best for Martin to go if he gets an offer..

champ1464#1424711 writes:

in response to woodcutter:

Martin would be smart to leave now. This years team is the best he has had and the future looks bleak - look at his recruiting. If he stays at UT, Martin will be fired in two years. Martin is not a good coach or recruiter, and the next few years will prove that.

Not a good coach or recruiter? What are you talking about? Stokes and Hubbs are both 5 star recruits as I recall. Did you see Martin coach in this tournament and how he handled all the negatives throughout the season? Get your head out of your backside, your brain is getting cloudy.

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