While Tennessee AD John Currie was swiftly replaced by Phil Fulmer on Friday, a few Vols fans in attendance later that night at the Pac-12 Championship Game were hoping the school reaches into its past for its head coach also.
Tee Martin, the offensive coordinator and receivers coach for USC, helped lead the team to a 31-28 win over Stanford to claim the conference title. The balanced Trojans offense racked up 501 total yards and 7.5 yards per play.
BACK TO FUTURE PLAN: Tee Martin as head coach, former Vols returning
Many fans in Knoxville like the idea of Martin coming back to the school he quarterbacked to a national championship in 1998, and Martin noticed some of them in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
— Tee Martin (@coachtee17) December 2, 2017
Martin is in his sixth season at USC, serving as receivers coach in every season while assuming the role of offensive coordinator this season.
Prior to that, Martin was an assistant in the SEC with Kentucky, coaching one season as a receivers coach in 2010 before adding the position of passing game coordinator in 2011.
Martin has certainly worked wonders with receivers, seeing several players he’s coached go on to have a promising NFL career or seem poised to have one. That impressive list includes Randall Cobb, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor and recently Juju Smith-Schuster.
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith discussed the possibility of a Fulmer-Martin pairing in his latest Tennessee podcast. Steve Spurrier gave his two cents and originally said he believed the Vols should hire Martin as their next head coach before later saying he liked Washington State’s Mike Leach.