In times of trouble, major college football programs have sometimes ask a well-respected alumnus to “come home” and help restore culture.
Nebraska is expected to do it with UCF Scott Frost. Could Tennessee be next?
According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman, it could be a legitimately possibility.
On Monday afternoon, Feldman tweeted that he’s hearing legendary Vols QB Tee Martin, who is serving as the offensive coordinator at USC, has a “legit shot” at filling the Vols head coaching vacancy.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
Martin is revered in Knoxville for his role as the starting quarterback on the 1998 national championship team coached by Phil Fulmer. Since his playing days ended, Martin has been working his way up the coaching ranks. He spent time as a wide receivers coach at Kentucky before heading to USC.
The Vols and Martin often have been linked in rumors about potentially bringing him back on staff, but this is the first time he has been considered a head coaching candidate there.
This may be a welcomed outcome for many Tennessee fans after protesting the reported hire of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday. That deal was called off due to unrest in Knoxville over the decision.
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