Report: USC OC Tee Martin has ‘legit shot’ at Tennessee head coaching job

According to Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman, USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin has a real chance at being named the new head coach at Tennessee.

Martin, 39, was the starting QB for Tennessee during their 1998 national championship season.

Under his leadership this year, the Trojans have the No. 3 scoring offense in the Pac-12, averaging 34.8 points per game. USC is ranked No. 4 ranked rushing offense and the No. 3 ranked passing offense in the conference.

Martin is one of 15 semifinalists for The Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. However, his tenure at USC is not without some drama. Martin came under fire for some of his play calls during USC’s loss to Washington State earlier this season.

That being said, Martin is credited with the development of USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold. Tennessee has not had a QB of that caliber in some time.

Tennessee was set to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano on Sunday. However, after unprecedented backlash by alumni, fans, boosters and state legislators, the Volunteers and athletic director John Currie decided to nix the Schiano hire and move on with their coaching search.

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