Tennessee’s coaching search appears to be coming to a close. And a former Vol remains in the mix for UT’s coaching vacancy.
Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday afternoon that Tennessee has reached out to USC offensive coordinator and former Vol quarterback Tee Martin.
The report says the meeting went very well.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2017
Tennessee hit the reset button on its search for a head coach over the weekend when it fired AD John Currie after only eight months on the job.
Martin’s Trojans won the Pac-12 Championship on Friday night, defeating Stanford 31-28. After the game, Martin addressed the Tennessee job, saying, “I’ve heard from everyone in Tennessee, except from Tennessee,” according to a tweet from ESPN’s Kevin Winter.
As UT’s quarterback in 1998, Martin threw for over 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns and helped the Vols to an undefeated season and a national championship. In his career, he accumulated 4,592 total yards for the Vols.
Martin has developed a great deal of NFL talent in his time as USC’s offensive coordinator and as an assistant coach before that. He also played a major role in recruiting a lot of that talent. Martin recruited the likes of Adoree Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster to Southern Cal.
USC quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the Trojans’ win over the Cardinal last week. Martin’s offense gained 501 total yards behind his NFL-bound quarterback.
Two defensive minds remain in the running for Tennessee’s job as well — Auburn’s Kevin Steele and Georgia’s Mel Tucker. After a long, painful process, Tennessee is likely a few days away from ending its coaching search at last.